This course is ideal for those seeking a deeper understanding of Christian doctrine, informed by an in-depth engagement with figures and texts throughout the history of the Christian tradition. It will appeal to those looking to extend their undergraduate studies in theology and related fields, those seeking professional development, those interested in furthering their knowledge of the Christian faith and its effects on society and culture, and those considering pursuing a research degree in theology.
Studying theology as a postgraduate at Chester provides both a solid grounding in the texts and thinkers that have shaped the Christian tradition and the opportunity to work with theologians and biblical scholars working at the cutting edge of the new questions that confront theology in the 21stcentury.
A core module, 'Key Theological Texts' allows you to engage central thinkers and writings from early Christianity to the present and to develop graduate research skills. Alongside this module, you can take options in systematic theology, biblical studies, theological ethics, contextual theology, comparative theology and religious studies.
This programme is geared towards graduates seeking opportunities for advanced study in theology, biblical studies and theological ethics. It provides opportunities for:
TH7029 Key Theological Texts - This module gives you the chance to engage with in-depth study of key texts and thinkers that have shaped the Christian tradition in the company of other students and staff.
TH7035 Research Dissertation
TH7026 Jews, Christians and Pagans 168BCE - 132CE
TH7039 Spirituality and Popular Culture
TH7041 Religion and Disability
TH7043 Urban Theology
TH7049 Contemporary Issues in Public Theology
TH7050 Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
TH7051 Evil in Comparative Theological Perspective
TH7053 The Theological Interpretation of Scripture
TH7054 TRS Conference Study
TH7063 Gender, Religion and Literature
The academic ability, motivation and potential of a student required for entry to the programme can be established from a number of forms of evidence:
Students can demonstrate achievement and potential and use one level 6 module (20 credits) for ‘conversion’, admitting them with credit onto the postgraduate programme.
Where applicants present qualifications or experience that are not included in the University’s stated entry criteria, an Admissions Equivalence Form is completed and signed by two members of the programme team, outlining the basis upon which an offer can been made
No work experience is required.
Our Mission, Values
The University of Chester, while celebrating and benefiting from our long history and traditions, is a modern, dynamic, and enterprising institution, whose activities are underpinned by a series of core values that help to define our mission and our identity.
The University was originally established in 1839 by the Church of England, and provides:
an open and inclusive environment guided by Christian values
education, training, skills and motivations for staff and students, to enable them to develop as individuals and serve the communities in which they live and work
This mission, which has helped shape our development and diversification, continues to inform our future planning.
At the heart of our vision is our commitment to:
ensuring a rewarding student learning experience
teaching excellence and our growing staff research profile
developing the expertise of our staff
impacting positively on the lives of our students, staff, wider community and beyond
In continuing expression of the University's Christian foundation, we are committed to:
the pursuit of excellence and innovation, to secure the highest standards and quality in our learning and teaching, and in the creation and application of new knowledge
offering a distinctive student experience, grounded in a high quality, caring and supportive learning environment
playing a leading role in the intellectual, cultural, social, spiritual and economic life of the local, regional and wider community
the principles of equality of opportunity and diversity, and our responsibility to promote freedom of enquiry and scholarly expression
promoting a dynamic and cost-effective organisational culture that is able to respond positively to the challenges of a changing environment
openness and inclusiveness
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