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Chaplaincy Studies (MTh)

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.

Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Chaplaincy Studies consists of:

  • 20 credit introduction to Practical Theology
  • 40 credits of other modules selected by the student (normally from the ethics subsection of modules)

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

  • The programme of modules for the Postgraduate Certificate
  • RTT205 The Context of Chaplaincy (if not previously studied)
  • A further 40 credits of other modules not previously taken, selected by the student

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

  • The programme of modules for the Postgraduate Diploma
  • 60 credit dissertation (topic or theme chosen by the student in consultation with academic staff).

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

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Higher Education

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.

Available Modules

Core modules:

  • RTT148 Beginning Chaplaincy
  • RTT201 Practical Theology: Resources and Methods
  • RTT205 The Context of Chaplaincy

Option modules (part of Postgraduate Certificate):

  • RTT202 Facilitating Moral Thinking and Debate
  • RTT204 Spirituality, Education and Youth Culture (Education)
  • RTT210 Ethics and Values in Health Care (Health)
  • RTT212 Values in Higher Education: Engaging the Context
  • RTT214 Ethics and Spiritual Values in the Context of Profession and Vocation (Generic)

Option modules (available to Postgraduate Diploma students):

  • RTT207 Perspectives and Skills in the Education Context 
  • RTT211 Care in the Context of Health and Illness  
  • RTT213 Learning and Meaning in the Context of Higher Education 
  • RTT215 Perspectives and Skills in the Professional Context (Generic)

 Additional option modules:

  • RTT208 Models of Chaplaincy in Practice
  • RTT216 Understanding of Mission in a Dialogue with Chaplaincy
  • RTT217 Perspectives on Buddhist Practice in Dialogue with Chaplaincy
  • RTT143 Independent Learning Project
  • RTT145 Faith, Belief & Spirituality in the Contemporary World
  • RTT151 Critical Reflection on Practice

Special Features

  • Postgraduate, post-experience qualifications directly tailored to the distinctive needs and ministry of chaplains;
  • 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.


It gave me the time and opportunity to look at areas of interest for me within chaplaincy and the tools to do so in a systematic and intelligent manner.  I believe that this has improved my performance as a chaplain and a chaplaincy manager and opened the way for me to further develop my chaplaincy career.”

Stephen Flatt (2010)

“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)

 “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.

Contact Information

Name: Tina Franklin, Course Administrator

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2083 8009

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Name:Dr John Wilks

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2083 8004

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