Theology (PgCert)

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 one-semester 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 can choose from 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 2017
Duration1 year
QualificationPgCert
ModeFull-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.

For this full-time PG Certificate you will take three modules between September – December, combining core and optional modules designed specifically for your pathway (60 credits total).

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 done 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.

Graduates of this and similar degree programmes have embarked on careers in a range of professions from academia, the heritage sector, journalism and law to media research (media, commercial, academic), teaching and publishing. A significant number choose to continue studies at PhD level. 

Recent graduate destinations include CADW, Church in Wales, Council for British Archaeology, Glamorgan Archives, Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust, Tate Gallery, Welsh Assembly Government and a range of universities in the UK and overseas. 

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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