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Julia Priechenfried

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Our MA in Theology offers students education in the central areas of Christian theology through a balance of academic study and practical application.

Why study Theology?

The content of this Theology degree is geared to themes relevant to theology in contemporary society, both from a Roman Catholic perspective, and from Anglican, Reformed and Orthodox Church standpoints. This allows you to become familiar with the current situation of ecumenical activity within your own tradition, whilst opening up avenues of exploration and insight into other communities.

In addition, the programme connects the theology of the Christian Church with the British and European situation, focussing on the historical development of theology in the European setting of the twenty-first century, and its impact on Britain through continental influences and the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

Why St Mary's?

Founded in 1850, St Mary's has a long and distinguished history as a Catholic institution. This programme aims to encourage a high standard of teaching, learning and scholarship in order to provide a stimulating education within the fields of theological study.

Our programme is suitable for teachers of Religious Education at primary and secondary level, those engaged in Christian ministry and priesthood from different ecclesial backgrounds, and those who want to enrich their understanding of the ongoing theological tradition which accompanies Christian faith and life.

The degree is also a good grounding for those (whether from a different faith perspective or none) who engage in work in the charitable and social sectors, and non-governmental organisations.

    Teaching methods

    Teaching focusses around a weekly three-hour seminar for each module (with the exception of the option, Foundations in Ethics, which is taught in a five-day concentrated session). These weekly sessions will include:

    • Input from lecturers, to give overviews or detailed considerations of areas of knowledge or methods
    • Seminar discussion based on prior reading or study tasks
    • Discussion and debates on particular issues
    • Oral presentations on particular topics or texts
    • The use of multimedia platforms such as videos and podcasts
    • Provision of materials where appropriate (such as subject guides, handbooks, guided reading, and bibliographies)
    • Individual supervision for the dissertation project

    Assessment methods

    A variety of different forms of assessment are employed across the programme, including essays, portfolios, case studis, article reviews, issue reports and oral presentations.

    In addition, in order to achieve the MA, you will be required to complete a 15,000 word dissertation, which is supported by individual supervision.

    Key facts

    • Opportunity for either full-time (one year) or part-time study (two to three years)
    • Provides excellent preparation for doctoral level study
    • Multi-disciplinary teaching team
    • Excellent student support
    • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus, within easy reach of Central London
    Please note: this programme is subject to revalidation.

    Course content

    After a foundation offering a grounding in Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology, you will have a choice of two further optional modules. If you are studying for a Master's degree, a dissertation will complete the programme.

    The course looks to address issues that you bring from your context and will encourage you to reflect critically on Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology in relation to those contexts.


    Modules

    • Dissertation Core
    • Ecclesiology in Contemporary Perspective Core
    • Systematic Theology and Contemporary Themes Core
    • Aspects of Biblical Interpretation Optional
    • Catholic Social Teaching Applied Optional
    • Foundations of Ethics Optional
    Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the Programme Specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

    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.

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