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Chaplaincy Studies (PgCert)

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Mode: Part time

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Why study this course

Gain a respected qualification tailored to the professional development of chaplains in this established multi-faith programme.

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Multi-faith approach

Tailored to professional development, studying with fellow chaplains from all sectors.

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Part time

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

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Pathways to suit

Choose the Generic route, or opt for Education, Healthcare or Higher Education pathway.

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Enhance pastoral capability

Develop your intellectual competence and research skills to deepen reflective practice.

Gain a respected qualification tailored to your professional development in this three-year, multi-faith programme.

You will study with fellow chaplains from all sectors in an environment which integrates interdisciplinary study and practical theological reflection.

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

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

You choose one of four pathways to suit your needs.

  • Generic (without specialist context)
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Higher Education

The generic pathway is designed for any chaplain regardless of context.

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 Chaplaincy programmes 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.

2:1 or above in Theology, Theological Studies, Applied Theology, Religious Studies. Any other humanities or social sciences subject will be considered. 

Typical IELTS offer: An overall IELTS score of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in any sub-score is required for non-native English speakers or those who have not had a substantial part of their education taught in the English language.

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 1 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

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

At Certificate level you take three modules, combining core and optional modules designed specifically for your pathway (60 credits total). What you study depends on your pathway.

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 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

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 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

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

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£3,975None

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

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.

EU students entering in 2020/21 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 (2020/21)

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

Career prospects

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.

Funding

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.

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