MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission

  1. About the course

    The St Augustine’s MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission is a specially tailored programme of theological learning and research that allows lay and ordained ministers, as well as church members, to deepen their theological knowledge by building on previous theological learning, engaging with daily life and ongoing experience of the Body of Christ. The programme also allows ministers, lay and ordained, to develop advanced skills as part of their continuing ministerial development (CMD).

    Accredited and awarded by Durham University, the degree includes both taught modules and guided research in a theological discipline of your choice. Often our MA students take modules in a variety of subject areas, including Biblical Studies, Doctrine, Theology and the Arts, Christian Ethics etc. From September 2020, however, you can also choose to take a particular Christian Spirituality route through the MA (see below).

    The degree can be taken part-time or full-time. Much of the teaching is delivered alongside candidates for church ministry, but the programme is suitable for all, irrespective of any ministerial involvement. Since the MA aims for a more critical mode of engagement with theology and ministry, the teaching sessions and much of the contact time will take the form of seminars, during which you will discuss texts with your teachers and fellow students and present your own work.

    MA with specialisation in Christian Spirituality

    This new route through the MA enables you to study Christian Spirituality in further depth and from a wide range of perspectives, contemporary as well as historical. It also allows you to explore connections with other key subject areas such as liturgy, the arts and interfaith dialogue. This route through the programme will enable you to develop your own spiritual practice as well as guide others in theirs.

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  2. Who is it for?

    The course is designed for lay and ordained ministers, or church members, who wish to deepen their theological knowledge by building on previous theological learning. To undertake the MA, you must have completed either a degree in theology or ministry or a degree in another subject combined with an additional qualification in theology or ministry.

    The programme provides opportunities to relate academic learning to contemporary church life, but you need not have any particular role or experience within the church.

  3. Qualifications available

    • Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Theology, Ministry and Mission
    • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Theology, Ministry and Mission
    • MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission

    PGCert and PGDip students take three or six modules (resp.) from the MA programme, but do not (yet) undertake a dissertation.

  4. How long will it take?

    The MA programme can be taken in the following ways:

    • one calendar year (full-time): six modules followed by dissertation over the summer period
    • two years: six modules in year one (full-time) followed by dissertation in year two (part-time)
    • three years (part-time): six modules in year 1 and 2, followed by dissertation in year 3
  5. Where can I study?

    Our MA programme is currently delivered mainly through teaching days at our Malling Abbey centre (West Malling). Depending upon student numbers, we may start offering parts of the programme at our Southwark centre in the future.

  6. What will I study?

    The programme includes a wide and growing range of subject areas and you will have a degree of flexibility to design your own curriculum.

    Biblical Studies

    Exploration of specific biblical texts and themes from a range of hermeneutical perspectives, and the application of biblical texts to contemporary contexts.

    Doctrine, Ethics and Church History

    Critical study of an area of doctrine and the opportunity to integrate your doctrinal thinking into your own spiritual formation; critical appraisal of modes of ethical enquiry in a Christian theological context; and study of a significant area of church history to assess its relevance for contemporary church life.


    An in-depth exploration of major historical and contemporary strands of Christian spirituality, including critical appraisal of relationships with non-Christian spiritualties, that will enable you to develop your own spiritual practice and to resource others in theirs.

    Practical Theology

    Advanced studies in Pastoral theology and practice, reflecting on the practice of faith in contemporary church and social contexts. A particular focus on pastoral supervision may be possible.


    Development of reflective practice in relation to ‘fresh expressions’and the ‘mixed economy’ church through detailed study of recent developments in missiology and contemporary ecclesiology.

  7. What is involved?

    Most MA students study on a part-time basis, taking one module per term in the above subject areas (and attending fortnightly teaching days). Those taking the initial 2/3 of the programme on a full-time basis, however, will take two modules per term in their first year, as a full-time student you will taking two modules each term (attending a teaching day every week in term time).

    A module typically involves two written assignments. Full-time study requires at least twenty hours of study per week, outside class time. Part-time study requires at least ten hours of study per week, outside class time.

  8. Academic Calendar

    Please Contact Us for our Academic Calendar for 2019/20