Master of Arts Theology

Learning, teaching and assessment

 

Teaching and learning together

Our ultimate aim is not just to impart information but to work towards the transformation of students as they reflect with others on loving Christ more deeply in order to explain him simply. We pursue the enhancement of teaching and learning within the College by fostering:

• habits in the lecturer of reflective, self-critical intentionality and innovation
• an ethos in the classroom of directed, active and hospitable learning
• an ethos amongst the faculty of collegiality, teachability and servant leadership
• an ethos in the College of teachability, servant leadership and worship

 

Study hours and make up of study

Within Higher Education, it is generally understood that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, shared between class time, pre-class reading, private study and assessment.

This means that a 30 credit module = 300 hours of study; so for the MA Theology, 180 credits = 1800 study hours over the programme as a whole.

In-class learning involves lectures, seminars, discussions, worked examples and presentations. Out-of-class study involves reading, reflecting, researching, writing assignments, group projects and revision for exams. For MA students, it will also include work on a substantial dissertation package.

 

Learning, teaching and assessment

The College aims to provide a learning experience which is demanding and exhilarating, reflecting the highest academic standards as well as excellence in pedagogy. The programme offers a rich and varied learning experience which encompasses lectures, seminars, language classes, field trips, placements and a range of formative and summative assessments. Through these assessments, the College aims to provide all students with an equal opportunity to demonstrate their achievement of Threshold Learning Outcomes (at module level) and Programme Learning Outcomes. Underlying all of the College’s programmes is a commitment both to information and to transformation, and a belief that the sub-disciplines within Theology are integrated within the framework provided by scripture, which can and does speak into every area of life.

The MA Theology may be classified as Pass, Merit or Distinction:

  • A student will be awarded a Pass once they have attained grade 12 or better in modules and a dissertation package worth 180 credits at Level 7
  • A student may be awarded a Pass with Merit if they obtain a rounded average of 6.5 or better in the taught modules and dissertation package, and grade(s) of 6 or better for the dissertation package
  • A student may be awarded a Pass with Distinction if they obtain a rounded average grade of 3.5 or better in the taught modules and dissertation package, and grade(s) of 3 or better for the dissertation package

The MA Theology (180 credits) is closely related to the PGDip Theology (120 credits): the two programmes draw on the same selection of taught modules and require the same number and distribution of modules. An MA student who passes the four taught modules (120 credits), including the core module BD6.4, but not the research element (60 credits) of the programme, may be awarded the PGDip in Theology as an exit qualification. Similarly, an MA student who passes two taught modules (60 credits), again including the core module BD6.4, but who does not meet the remaining programme requirements for the MA or the PGDip, may be awarded the PGCert in Theology as an exit qualification.