The healthcare chaplain plays a vital part in the holistic care of patients, family and friends, and other healthcare professionals.

Why study Healthcare Chaplaincy?

In the work of ministering to people, often at crucial or vulnerable times in life, the healthcare chaplain encounters many challenges, surprises and sacred moments.

Through the study of healthcare chaplaincy, the chaplain has the opportunity to link theory with practice, to identify and work through challenges, and to reflect deeply on those moments that are formative for the chaplain and often life-changing for people they meet on the journey.

Why St Mary's?

This unique part-time course is designed to enable practitioners of healthcare chaplaincy to gain new perspectives on their key role in the modern NHS and acquire a relevant degree qualification.

This course is for healthcare chaplains who already have a healthcare chaplaincy placement. St Mary's offers the opportunity to learn with other chaplains and from other chaplains in a small cohort that reflects a hospital chaplaincy team.

Tutors are experts in their fields and many work in an NHS setting. They will enable students to engage seriously with making the link between theory and practice, as well as to deepen self-reflection in what is often a very challenging area.

A Student View

Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy
"This Healthcare Chaplaincy degree is innovative, relevant and timely. We welcome this initiative, in particular the elements that will assist undergraduates to appreciate and respect the standpoints of other faith communities.

St Mary's course and employment stats

In the latest HESA Destinations of Leavers survey 95% of St Mary's students were employed or undertaking further study within six months of graduating.


St Mary's also scored 93% for teaching satisfaction and for 92% course satisfaction in the 2017 Guardian University Rankings.