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Chaplaincy Studies: Military (MTh) Part-time

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

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.

Distinctive features

  • Post-experience course directly tailored to the distinctive needs and ministry of chaplains to the military (MoD, Navy or RAF).
  • Opportunities 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.
  • Co-devised with St Padarn’s Institute, this programme gives you the knowledge and expertise to contribute more fully in your role. 

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration3 years

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 Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

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 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

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
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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

Tuition feeDepositNotes

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

EU students entering in 2019/20 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 2020/21 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.

Students from outside the EU (2019/20)

Fees for entry 2019/20 are not yet available. Please get in touch if you want to be notified when they become available.