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Chaplaincy Studies (PgDip) Part-time

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

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.

Distinctive features

  • Co-devised with St Padarn’s Institute, this programme gives you the knowledge and expertise to contribute more fully in your role.
  • Teaching is via four short residential schools per year (usually September, January, April and June) with online tutorial support throughout.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration2 years
QualificationPgDip
ModePart-time
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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.

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

What you study depends on your pathway.

At Diploma level you take four modules, combining core and optional modules designed specifically for your pathway (80 credits total).

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

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 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

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.

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.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (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.

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.