Theology (MTh) Part-time

Reflect critically on your professional practice in a programme designed to support ministry and other related professional development.

Reflect critically on your professional practice in our part-time Master’s programme designed to support ministry and other professional development.

Designed for those involved in some kind of ministry whether laity and clergy alike, our course aims to improve the competence of practitioners, assisting you to make a better contribution within your ministry.

You choose one of five pathways to suit your needs.

  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Doctrine
  • Church History
  • Collaborative Christian Leadership
  • Practical Theology

Teaching takes place at both South Wales Baptist College and St Padarn’s Institute over eight days each semester. 

You will develop your intellectual competence and research skills, deepening your reflective practice and enhancing pastoral capability. 

Distinctive features

  • Draws on internationally-recognised expertise in Christianity which is sensitive to current issues in the public eye.
  • Flexibility - our programme is geared towards your needs.
  • Teaching through small group tutorials.
  • Subject-specific introduction to postgraduate study skills.
  • Enables professional development needs for reflective learning.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2018
Duration2 years
QualificationMTh
ModePart-time
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Admissions criteria

Our Theology programme is 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 it 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. 

We welcome applications year-round but to commence your studies in any given year (starting September), you must submit your application by 1st August.

What you study depends on your pathway. The programme takes between two-five years to complete

For this part-time Master’s programme you take a total of 180 credits.

This includes six taught modules (120 credits), combining core and optional modules designed specifically for your pathway.

On successful completion of this taught stage, you will progress to your dissertation (60 credits).

As many of our part-time postgraduate programmes are over three years in duration, you will need to check your postgraduate loan eligibility status

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018.

Year one

You will take 60 credits of modules in year one.

Year two

You will take 60 credits of modules in year two.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Teaching takes place at both South Wales Baptist College and St Padarn’s Institute over eight days each semester. 

How will I be supported?

On enrolment, you are assigned your own Personal Tutor and provided with teaching and learning resources, including Postgraduate Handbook. Additional specific module resources are made available during the programme.

Your personal tutor is your contact point to discuss any problems arising from the course. Further queries can be addressed to the School’s Director of Postgraduate Taught. Our Professional Services team is also available for advice and support. 

Feedback:

Feedback on coursework may be provided via written comments on work submitted, by provision of ‘model’ answers and/or through discussion in contact sessions.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via essays and assignments (such as book reviews and presentations).

What skills will I practise and develop?

  • Critical analysis, intellectual flexibility and powers of evaluation.
  • Research skills for social and organisational settings.
  • Communication, information management and critical reflective skills.
  • Skills of reflection on practice and self-understanding in the service of chaplains’ pastoral and other activities.

Master's Excellence Scholarships

Scholarships available worth £3,000 each for UK/EU students starting a master’s degree in September 2018.

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Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2018/19)

EU students entering in 2018/19 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2019/20 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£3,675None

More information about tuition fees, including for part-time and continuing students.

Students from outside the EU (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£8,175£1,000