MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission

  1. About the course

    The St Augustine’s MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission (incl. PGCert and PGDip) 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.

    The Christian Spirituality route through the MA is likely to involve the following or similar modules (part-time scenario):

    Year 1

    • Texts and Traditions in Christian Spirituality (Level 6 module)
    • Advanced Study of a Christian Figure
    • Spiritual Direction

    Year 2

    • Contemporary Spirituality in Historical Context
    • Research and Reflection: Resources and Methods (compulsory)
    • Independent Learning Project

    Year 3

    • Dissertation in Theology, Ministry and Mission (compulsory)

    Note that the exact shape of the curriculum and the availability of individual modules may differ year by year, depending on student numbers and ongoing programme development. Such details, including possibilities for more personally tailored pathways, can be discussed with a member of staff during the admission process.

  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.) of 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, including Biblical Studies, Doctrine, Ethics, Christian Spirituality, Theology and the Arts, and Reflective Practice. See here for an overview of our postgraduate modules.

  7. What is involved?

    Most postgraduate 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 MA 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 next year’s Academic Calendar.