Master in Theology Theology

Programme information

 

The information provided about the MTheol Theology is subject to the Postgraduate Programmes Review which we anticipate taking place early in 2022.  This is part of a standard pattern of programme review and revalidation. The revalidated postgraduate programmes will offer a broader range of elective modules, especially in the areas of doctrine and church history, and modules which are designed to integrate theological disciplines.

The programme is designed with a variety of Christian ministry roles in mind. All students benefit from a core of compulsory modules that provide a biblical, theological and practical grounding. And all students, in conversation with their sending church, and for full time students their personal tutor, have an opportunity to choose electives that help them make progress towards their specific ministry goals (e.g., as pastors, teachers, elders, leaders, women’s workers, cross-cultural workers, youth, children and family workers). For the DipHE (the first two years of the MTheol), the electives comprise 60 credits out of the total of 240 credits required.  For those taking the MTheol, the ability to tailor your choices increases for each of the first three years due to the number of elective credits available.

Mode

The normal length of time a full time student will spend on the programme is four academic years of two semesters each. A full time load will normally comprise 120 credits a year, although a student may be allowed to vary this by up to +/- 20 credits a year by agreement with the College.  Full time students are expected to be in College five days a week, from Monday to Friday, and are required to attend all classes and fellowship group meetings, and to meet the requirements of the programme as regards placements. Chapel takes place every weekday in the middle of the day and full time students are expected to attend every day. There are no module classes on Wednesdays.  We encourage students to treat being a full time student in the same way as having a full time job.

 

Please note that Years 3 and 4 of the MTheol can normally only be completed full time.

Part time students (for Years 1 and 2 of the MTheol, effectively the DipHE) are required to attend all their classes and are expected to attend Chapel on the days that they are in College.  Chapel takes place every weekday in the middle of the day. The compulsory modules for the DipHE are split across four years for part time students and they normally study at a rate of 60 credits per year, although a student may be allowed to vary this by up to +/- 20 credits a year by agreement with the College.  Each year (during the CertHE and DipHE) the College will ensure that the required compulsory modules for the relevant half of the programme are offered on a Monday or Tuesday, along with sufficient elective modules for you to complete your programme.

Many part time students will find they need time for writing and reading that goes beyond the two days of lectures.  The amount of time will vary during the rhythm of each semester and academic year, as well as being specific to each student’s own situation.

In addition to the normal weekly study required for a module, please note that there may be other aspects of your studies and college life which cannot be timetabled for a Monday or Tuesday which you are required to attend e.g. exams and safeguarding training.  Other college activities such as study skills sessions may also take place on days other than a Monday or Tuesday. The College will endeavour to give as much notice as possible to enable you to make alternative arrangements so that you can attend these activities.

Summer Intensives

At Levels 4-6, the College aims to offer some of its elective modules through a rolling programme of Summer Intensives. During any 12-month period, an elective module may be offered either in intensive format or in standard format, but will not normally be offered in both. The Summer Intensives will normally take place in the first two weeks of July, after the Semester 2 Assessment Board.

Details of the availability of Summer Intensive modules up to and including Level 6 can be found in the Programme Specifications for the CertHE, DipHE and BA (Hons) Theology. Modules are not available in intensive format at Level 7: as such, while an MTheol student entering their final (postgraduate) year may choose to audit or credit modules in intensive format during the preceding summer (up to the value of 20 credits), these will necessarily be at Levels 4, 5 or 6. Such students will need to ensure that they credit modules worth at least 120 credits at Level 7 in standard (non-intensive) format as part of their overall programme.

 

Auditing

In addition students are permitted to audit individual modules (i.e. to study, but not for credit) alongside the compulsory and elective modules that they are studying for credit as part of their programme. The maximum permitted amounts for auditing shall be determined by the amount that students are studying for credit towards their programme in any given year as follows:   

Full time   

Programme credits      
100 (min)
120 (norm) 
140 (max)

Part time**   

Programme credits      
40 (min)
60 (norm)
80 (max)

 

Maximum audit credits permitted
40*
20
0

   

Maximum audit credits permitted
40*
20
0

* Permissible only at the discretion of the college
** Part time study is permitted for only years 1 and 2 of the MTheol

 

Placements

Two weekly church placement modules are a compulsory part of the MTheol, and an optional additional placement is available as an elective. Some of your training goals for ministry will be pursued in your placement which will also provide opportunities to develop some of the skills you are learning elsewhere in the curriculum. It will keep you focussed on ministry in the real world. It is college's responsibility to allocate placements, although part time students normally stay in their home church or the church they are working in for their placement. For more details see below.

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