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This innovative course aids the practical, spiritual and theological formation of healthcare workers in their challenging vocation.

The previous title for this degree was Healthcare Chaplaincy.

Please note: this programme is subject to revalidation.

Why study Practitioners in Healthcare Ethics, Theology and Care?

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.

By undertaking our Healthcare Chaplaincy degree, you will have the opportunity to link theory with practice, and to identify and work through challenges. It also enables you to reflect deeply on those moments that are formative for you as a healthcare practitioner and often life-changing for people you meet on the journey.

Why St Mary's?

This unique part-time course is designed to enable you to gain new perspectives on your key role in the modern NHS and acquire a relevant degree qualification.

This course is for healthcare practitioners who already have a healthcare placement. We offer the opportunity to learn with and from other healthcare practitioners.

Teaching methods

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

In addition to lectures and tutorials, teaching includes discussion, seminars, workshops, visits and use of IT. You're expected to bring your own work experiences into the discussions and to learn to place your work into an educational context

Assessment methods

For most modules on the programme, assessment consists of a combination of oral presentations, fieldwork reports and essays. There are no formal exams.

Key facts

  • Supports and affirms you, as a healthcare worker, in all spheres of your vocation
  • Aids spiritual and theological formation
  • Enables you to make an informed and reflective contribution to the healthcare sector
  • Encourages the development of intellectual resources necessary for critical reflection on practical and ethical issues
  • Fosters a sense of community among healthcare workers
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus

Course content

Year one

  • Bioethics One
  • Chaplaincy in Context
  • Ministry and Sacraments
  • Multifaith Approaches to Sickness, Suffering and Healing
  • Supervised Essay Project
  • The Human Person - Focus of Care
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Year two

  • Bioethical Issues Two: Controversial Questions
  • Chaplain as Reflective Practitioner
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Spirituality: Insights into Patient Care
  • The Human One
  • Working in the NHS Two
Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional- you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

Career opportunities

Since this degree links theory and practice, it will enhance your existing employment skills.

Many former students have gone on to study one of our postgraduate degrees.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.


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Fees and funding

Home/EU: £4,625
International: coming soon

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2017/18 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

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