MA in Christian Theology The MA in Christian Theology brings together an historical and contemporary examination of the theological ideas which have shaped Christian faith and identity and aims to provide an intellectual foundation in the central teachings of Christianity. This degree will deepen your grasp of the religious teachings at the heart of Christianity. This programme is suitable for teachers of Religious Education at secondary level, those engaged in Christian ministry and priesthood and those who want to enrich their understanding of the on-going theological tradition which accompanies Christian faith and life.
PROGRAMME OF STUDY The programme consists of four taught modules, and a dissertation:
COMPULSORY MODULES: Augustine and the Christian Tradition examines his influence through the centuries up to the classical theology of modern thinkers. After an introduction to the criteria of truth in the Christian tradition, the module will examine the central writings of Augustine and how they have shaped Western Christian teaching. Central Themes in Modern Christian Theology looks at the key themes in Christian Theology especially Trinity, Christology and Soteriology. Topics will include the doctrine of creation in our understanding of God, the links between the paschal mystery and the Trinity, the role of experience in theology and the classic metaphors of salvation in the Christian tradition.
OPTIONAL MODULES: Either:Religion – Context and Crisis will ‘model’ the pastoral, theological approach and will deepen understanding of the themes of political and liberation theology and the sociology of religion. Or: Jewish - Christian Relations explores the relationship between the Jewish people and Christian Church.
And either: The Bible in the Life of the Church examines the Bible as the central religious, spiritual, intellectual and cultural source of communities of faith: Judaism and Christianity in its various denominations. Or: Christianity in Dialogue discusses key themes such as Church and mission, dialogue and inculturation, salvation and the action of the Holy Spirit in a pluralist world.
TIME OF CLASSES Evenings; typically two evenings a week in term-time for a full-time student and one evening for a part-time student
INTERIM AWARDS If you do not complete the full MA, you may qualify for an interim award of a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) or Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).
BURSARIES & SCHOLARSHIPS A range of bursaries and scholarships are available to help eligible students meet the cost of the tuition fees.
An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in theology or in another appropriate subject
£4,500 (full-time, Home & EU fees), £2,350 (part-time Home & EU fees), £11,500 (full-time International fees)
Recipient: Heythrop College
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