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Theology (MTh/PgDip)

1 year (full-time) / 2-5 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion also offers a PgCert in Theology. For more information on this course please see the relevent course information page.

Course Aims

The MTh Theology and Postgraduate Certificate in Theology are postgraduate qualifications that engage in critical theological reflection upon professional practice. They are available in the following four Pathways:

The formal aim of the qualifications is to improve the competence of practitioners so they can make a better contribution within their ministry.

They also provide an opportunity for exploring present and future training and educational needs within professional development.

Special Features

Course Structure

Teaching is delivered on Fridays: part-time, students will normally attend on four Fridays in the semester; full-time for eight. Part-time students should expect to have another day a week available during the academic year for reading, preparation for sessions, and for writing assessment. Full-time students will need 35 hours a week for the whole year (academic year for the Postgraduate Diploma, calendar year for the MTh). The teaching style for any particular sessions varies widely and includes lectures, seminars, student presentations, and free discussion.

Though not offered as a designated module, support for advanced study of the biblical languages is offered via the Independent Learning Project.

Three of the modules listed below (RTT202, RTT148 and RTT205) are also part of our MTh Chaplaincy Studies. Teaching for these modules is delivered as part of that programme, which takes place in intensive weeks held at various times of the year.

Having completed the taught modules of the Postgraduate Diploma, MTh students continue during the Summer Semester with a dissertation of 20,000 words on a topic of the student’s choice.

For the Postgraduate Diploma, students take a total of 120 credits of modules, consisting of:

For the MTh, students take the Postgraduate Diploma programme and follow it with a 60 credit dissertation (topic or theme chosen by the student in consultation with academic staff).

There will be a number of written assignments of 4,000 words in each taught module and a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Please see the Theology website for more course and module information.


Available Modules

Core Module (compulsory for all four Pathways):

Practical Theology Pathway

Students take the first and at least two more of the following option modules:

  • Principles of Practical Theology
  • Continuity and Change: Mission in Contemporary Society
  • Faith, Belief and Spirituality
  • Contours of Christian Theology
  • Contemporary Theologies of Mission
  • Bible in Ministry
  • Independent Learning Project
  • Critical Reflection on Practice
  • Facilitating Moral Thinking (RTT202)
  • Beginning Chaplaincy (RTT148)
  • Context of Chaplaincy (RTT205)

Biblical Studies Pathway

Students take the first and at least two more of the following option modules:

  • Hermeneutics and Critical Method
  • New Testament in Social Perspective
  • Exegesis of Biblical Texts
  • Out of Babylon: Old Testament Theology
  • The Horrors we Bless: Old Testament Texts
  • Independent Learning Project
  • Bible in Ministry

Christian Doctrine Pathway

Students take the first and at least two more of the following option modules:

  • Hermeneutics and Critical Method
  • Contours of Christian Theology
  • Theology and Biography
  • Theologies of Liberation
  • Independent Learning Project
  • Contemporary Theologies of Mission

Church History Pathway

Students take both of the following option modules and a further 20 credits from one of the other Pathways:

  • Church History I (40 credits)
  • Church History II (40 credits)

MTh Compulsory Module

MTh students must additionally undertake a Dissertation module.

  • Dissertation


Entry Requirements

The programmes are suitable for graduates in Theology and/or Religious Studies. Though primarily aimed at people engaged in Christian Ministry (in its widest understanding), laity or ordained ministers of religion alike, members of some other professional groups - e.g. nursing, medicine – will find them equally valuable.

Applicants should normally possess or expect to obtain a First or Upper Second class UK Honours degree, or equivalent. However, significant experience of ministry can also be taken into account.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

How to Apply

Applications can be made for this course via our Online Application Service selecting the Graduate Diploma Theology or MTh Theology option from the list of courses.


For more information on funding available, please see the funding website.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Ms Sian Trotman  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2083 8077 



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School Contact

Name: Dr John Wilks  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2083 8004 



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