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As well as teaching the theoretical aspects of the faith, our postgraduate theology programmes have always placed a special emphasis on the application of theology to specific practical situations and the preparation and formation of people for Christian ministry in a fast moving age.  

Please note: this course is not currently recruiting for September 2017 entry.

Why study Theology?

'Theology is simply that part of religion that requires brains.' - G K Chesterton

Theology is primarily concerned with how we live out and understand our Christian faith. As well as teaching the theoretical aspects of the faith, our postgraduate theology programmes have always placed a special emphasis on the application of theology to specific practical situations and the preparation and formation of people for Christian ministry in a fast moving age:

'Theology has importance for the Church in every age so that it can respond to the plan of God "who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim 2:4). In times of great spiritual and cultural change, theology is all the more important.' (Donum Veritatis, 1).

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Why St Mary's?

At St Mary’s we are particularly concerned that academic theology should be in the service of the churches, the world, and wider society. For over a decade we have worked directly with numerous Roman Catholic Dioceses to deliver a comprehensive training in ministry.

Consequently, we now offer three specialist postgraduate theological pathways:

  • Chaplaincy and Ministry
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Systematic Theology

Mode of Study: Full-time (One year) or Part-time (Two or three years)

Teaching methods

It is possible to study for three postgraduate qualifications in Theology: the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master's Degree. Each builds on the other so having completed the two core modules of the course you will be eligible for the Postgraduate 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.

Assessment methods

Each module will comprise input from specialist tutors followed by opportunities for reflection and discussion. Assessments for modules include seminar presentations, essays and logbooks. 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 the Southern Permanent Diaconate Formation Programme. We teach the MA at Saturday classes in Ashburton (Devon), Beaconsfield (Buckinghamshire), Winchester (Hampshire) and - for those training for Catholic diaconal ministry - Wonersh (Surrey). For full details please see our collaborative provision information.

Key facts

  • Students also regularly progress from the MA to doctoral study, at St Mary's or elsewhere, and several of our MA graduates now teach Theology in universities.
  • At St Mary’s we are particularly concerned that academic theology should be in the service of the churches, the world, and wider society.
  • It is possible to study for three postgraduate qualifications in Theology: the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master's Degree.
  • At St Mary's, the course is taught through weekly classes, usually on a Tuesday or Thursday evening from 6-9pm.
Please note: this programme is subject to revalidation.

Course content

Modules

  • Pathway One: Systematic Theology 
  • Pathway Three: Christian Spirituality 
  • Pathway Two: Chaplaincy Studies 
  • THY7001: Scripture and Pastoral Theology 
  • THY7002: Scripture and Systematic Theology 
  • THY7003: Ecclesiology and Liturgy 
  • THY7012: Research and Reflective Practice 
  • THY7014: The Dissertation 
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.

Career opportunities

The study of 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.

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

Facilities

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Home/EU: £6,000
International: £13,650

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Funding

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

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 julia.priechenfried@stmarys.ac.uk.

Further information