MA in Pastoral Theology
With Pathways in Chaplaincy Studies, Pastoral Leadership and Christian Spirituality
- MA in Pastoral Theology
- Postgraduate Diploma in Pastoral Theology
- Postgraduate Certificate in Pastoral Theology
In a fast moving ‘age of anxiety’ old certainties must be questioned and made relevant to the world we live in today. At St Mary’s we are particularly concerned that academic theology should be in the service of the churches, the world and wider society. Consequently we offer specialist pathways in Chaplaincy Studies, Christian Spirituality and Pastoral Leadership.
It is possible to study for three postgraduate qualifications in Pastoral Theology: the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s Degree. Each is incremental on the other so having completed the two core modules of the course you will be eligible for the PG Certificate. If you successfully complete the Optional Modules you will be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma and, if this is followed with the Dissertation, you will be eligible for the Master’s degree.
More details about the three pathways • Who are the pathways for
The programmes are taught at St Mary’s through weekly classes, usually on a Tuesday or Thursday evening from 6-9pm. The dissertation will be taught by tutorial supervision. Each module will comprise input from experienced speakers who have been engaging with the subject for some time, followed by opportunities for reflection and discussion. Students will be expected to give seminar presentations and write an essay for each module. There are also opportunities for one-to-one tutorials.
St Mary’s now has agreements with the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Northampton,
Portsmouth and Plymouth and teaches the MA at Saturday classes in Exeter, Milton
Keynes and Portsmouth.
The study of Pastoral Theology develops students intellectually in a way that fits them in particular for pastoral work. It is an excellent preparation for any profession that involves working with people in a pastoral context.
In addition to the more general employment opportunities that require graduates with a breadth of human understanding, critical and social skills, and an awareness of current affairs, there are some professional openings in which expertise in biblical, theological and pastoral skills is an integral part of professional training.
These include the various forms of pastoral work and pastoral ministry, chaplaincy in schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, armed forces, prisons, retreat work, spiritual direction and guidance, teaching, catechesis and adult formation.
What entry qualifications does one need to study for the MA in Pastoral Theology?
To qualify for entry, students normally require a good degree from a UK university or equivalent. Relevant prior learning experience may also be taken into consideration.
How many modules and credits are needed to complete the MA in Pastoral Theology?
The MA in Pastoral Theology is achieved through the completion of 180 credits (135 credits from the taught modules and 45 credits for the dissertation). This comprises eight compulsory modules, one optional module and the dissertation.
How long does it take to complete the programme?
Full-time students (six hours contact time per week) can acquire the 135 taught credits in one year (two semesters of taught classes), completing the dissertation within the remainder of the calendar year. Part-time students (three hours contact time per week) accumulate credits over two to three years. The overall duration of study for part-time students shall not exceed six semesters, from registration to completion of the programme.
Last updated December 8, 2015