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Pastoral Theology (MA)

Course Description

MA Pastoral Theology
The MA Pastoral Theology's special quality is in integrating theory and practice, theology and experience, faith and action. For those already in the thick of practical pastoral work, it presents a framework for reading and study to bring those elements together. The MA is suitable for those in, or preparing for, ministry in the Christian churches, whether ordained or not. It is also relevant for teachers, counsellors, therapists, health care professionals or those in the legal profession.

The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation:

Foundations of Pastoral Theology aims to establish foundations for pastoral studies by bringing together key theological elements with a reflective approach to Christian ministry. It will introduce a range of issues in methodology for pastoral theology; ecclesiology in pastoral ecclesiology; Christian ministry; theological reflection.

Religion - Contex and Crisis addresses critical issues of the contemporary context from sociological and theological perspectives. It ‘models’ the pastoral theological approach and methodology and deepen understanding of themes of political and liberation theology and the sociology of religion.

Options (choose 2):
Mission and Ministry
The Bible in the Life of the Church
Theology of Religious Life
Modern Theologies of Liturgy

Evenings; typically two evenings a week in term-time for a full-time student and one evening for a part-time student.

If you do not complete the full MA, you may qualify for an interim award of a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) or Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).

A range of bursaries and scholarships are available to help eligible students meet the cost of the tuition fees.

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject

Course Fees

£4,500 (full-time, Home & EU fees), £2,350 (part-time Home & EU fees), £11,500 (full-time International fees)

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