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Chaplaincy Studies (MTh / PgDip / PgCert)

n/a (full-time) / up to 3 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion also runs a related MTh course in Military Chaplaincy. Please see the relevant course information page for more details.

Course Aims

The postgraduate qualifications in Chaplaincy Studies offer the knowledge and expertise to enable students to contribute more fully to their roles as chaplains through the development of intellectual competence and research skills, alongside deepening reflective practice and enhanced pastoral activity.

Special Features

Course Description

There are several Pathways through the postgraduate qualifications in Chaplaincy Studies, including:

There is also a generic Pathway for chaplains outside these sectors: e.g. police, prisons, airports and sports.

Students will attend four three-day residential schools each year (held in September, January, April and June), with on-line tutorial support for learning at a distance between residentials.

The course is taught with St. Michael's College in Llandaff; for more information please visit their website.

Course Structure

The Postgraduate Certificate in Chaplaincy Studies consists of:

Students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Chaplaincy Studies take 120 credits, consisting of:

Students on the MTh Chaplaincy Studies take a total of 180 credits of modules, consisting of:

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

Available Modules

Core modules:

Option modules (part of Postgraduate Certificate):

Option modules (available to Postgraduate Diploma students):

Additional option modules:

Student Testimonials

Read Stephen's testimonial

'My time in the School has been invaluable to my career, nurturing the research and practical skills needed in the world of politics. The research facilities and support offered by the staff at the School of Modern Languages made my experience of the MA in European Studies incredibly rewarding. I would not hesitate in recommending the course to anyone looking for a challenging and stimulating MA that will enhance their career prospects.'

Read Rodney's testimonial

'Stimulated analysis of my work, and to attempt research in the area. Permitted exchange of ideas with other Chaplains. Given me confidence in defending the rationale behind Healthcare Chaplaincy.' Rodney Baxendale (2010).

Read Julian's testimonial

' Enabled me to think critically about chaplaincy, providing me with research skills, giving me self-confidence and an ability to speak authoritatively within an “evidence-based NHS culture.' Julian Raffay (2011)

Entry Requirements

The qualifications are suitable for chaplains (lay or ordained, and from different faiths), working in different sectors including: the military, healthcare, schools, universities, prisons, the workplace, sports, the emergency services, etc. Those undertaking the course will be involved in some kind of professional chaplaincy, on a full or part-time basis. If appropriate, it is also possible for those who do not work in the chaplaincy field to follow this course.

Students are encouraged to write to the department explaining their particular area of interest and asking for further details before submitting a formal application.

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 MTh Chaplaincy Studies or Postgraduate Certificate Chaplaincy Studies option from the list of courses. Applicants are encouraged to write to the department explaining their particular area of interest, and asking for further details, before submitting an application.


For more information on funding available for Masters students in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion please see the school's funding information page.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Tina Franklin, Course Administrator  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2083 8009 



School Website:

School Contact

Name: Dr John Wilks  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2083 8004 



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