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Chaplaincy Studies: Military (MTh)

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Part time

Start date

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Why study this course

Acquire a respected qualification tailored to the professional and vocational development of military chaplains in this multifaith programme.


Bespoke design

Post-experience programme designed for for Military chaplains, tailored for MoD, Navy or RAF.


Part time

This course is taught in four short residential schools per year with online support throughout.


Multi-faith programme

Integrates multi-faith perspective in all teaching.


Expands horizons

Study alongside chaplains from other fields (Education, Health, Prisons) in an ecumenical environment.

Acquire a respected qualification tailored to the professional and vocational development of military chaplains in this three year, multi-faith programme.

Teaching is via four short residential schools per year with online tutorial support throughout.

Additionally, you will study and reflect with chaplains from other fields (e.g. Education, Health, Prisons) during residentials.

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

Please note, this programme is only suitable for chaplains currently serving with a branch of the military.

Where you'll study

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Curious about the human experience across millennia and cultures, we are seeking to better understand our past, to illuminate our present and improve our future.

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Admissions criteria

Our MTH Chaplaincy: Military route programme is suitable for chaplains (lay or ordained, and from different faiths), working in the military. 

You are encouraged to contact us explaining your particular area of interest before submitting a formal application.

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

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

This is a three year programme, during which you will study modules totalling 180 credits.

Part one 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.

On successful completion of the taught element of the programme you will progeess to part two – your dissertation.

Part two consists of a dissertation of 16,000 - 20,000 words on a topic of your choice, related to your chaplaincy work. 

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 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

Year one

You will study modules totalling 60 credits in year one.

Year two

You will study modules totalling 60 credits in year two.

Year three

You will undertake your dissertation (60 credits) in year three.

Module titleModule codeCredits
DissertationRTT20960 credits

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.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Teaching is offered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and student presentations. Teaching is via four short residential schools per year with online tutorial support throughout.

How will I be assessed?

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

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 should be addressed to the School’s Director of Postgraduate Taught. Our Professional Services team is also available for advice and support.


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

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.

Tuition fees

Due to the duration of this programme only Welsh and EU domiciled students who meet residency requirements (English domiciled students are excluded) are eligible for a postgraduate loan. See more information about eligibility for UK Government Postgraduate loans.

Students from the UK

Tuition fee (2021/22)Deposit

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals starting in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course.

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Students from the rest of the world (international)

This course does not currently accept students from outside the UK/EU.

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

Financial support

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

Living costs

We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

Career prospects

This programme is only suitable for chaplains currently serving with a branch of the military.


Master's Excellence Scholarship

This award worth £3000 is open to UK and EU students intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

Postgraduate Master’s Finance

If you’re starting your master’s degree in September 2020 or later, you may be able to apply for postgraduate student finance to support your study at Cardiff University.

Next steps


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