Chaplaincy Studies: Military Route (MTh)
n/a (full-time) / 3 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
The School of History, Archaeology and Religion also runs a related course in Chaplaincy Studies. Please see the relevant course information page for more details.
The MTh Chaplaincy Studies: Military Route offers knowledge and expertise to enable students to contribute more fully to their roles as chaplains to the military through the development of intellectual competence and research skills, alongside deepening reflective practice and enhanced pastoral activity.
- A postgraduate, post-experience course directly tailored to the distinctive needs and ministry of chaplains to the military (MoD, Navy or RAF)
- Provides the opportunity to meet and study with chaplains from other sectors
- Delivered in an ecumenical collegiate environment where study, worship and reflection belong together
- Integrates a multi-faith perspective in all teaching and discussion
- A three year-programme offered via four short residential schools per year with individually directed personal study
The course aims to inform and enhance professional performance through a two-part programme:
Part 1 consists of six essay-assessed modules whose subject matter includes: an introduction to practical theology; the context of military chaplaincy; moral issues for the military.
Part 2 consists of a dissertation of 20,000 words on a topic of the student’s choice related to their chaplaincy work. 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.
On the MTh Chaplaincy Studies: Military Route students take a total of 180 credits of modules, consisting of:
- 100 credits of core modules
- 20 credits of an option module selected by the student
- 60 credit dissertation (topic or theme chosen by the student in consultation with academic staff)
Teaching is offered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and student presentations. The teaching for each module is spread over two intensives
- RTT201 Practical Theology: Resources and Methods
- RTT202 Facilitating Moral Thinking and Debate
- RTT203 Moral Issues in the Context of Military Chaplaincy
- RTT205 The Context of Chaplaincy
- RTT206 Perspectives and Skills in the Military Environment
- RTT143 Independent Learning Project
- RTT145 Faith, Belief and Spirituality
- RTT151 Critical Reflection on Practice
- RTT208 Models of Chaplaincy in Practice
- RTT216 Understanding of Mission
- RTT217 Perspectives on Buddhist Practice
The course is suitable for chaplains (lay or ordained, and from different faiths) working in the military sector. Those undertaking the course will be involved in some kind of professional chaplaincy, on a full or part-time basis. 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 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.
Decisions will be made on the basis of your written application and the references received.
Decisions will be made on a continuous basis throughout the year.
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
Name: Tina Franklin, Course Administrator
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2083 8009
Name: Dr John Wilks
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2083 8004