The MA in Theology, University of Chester offers a solid grounding in the classical tradition of Christian thought, as well as helping students to ask cutting-edge questions of contemporary theological significance.
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:
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
Core modules: (40 credits each)
TH7021 Themes and Methods in Practical and Contextual Theology - This module is designed to give you a grounding in the core disciplines of practical and contextual theologies. It will introduce you to key methodological concerns - most aptly, how context and experience inform the way theology is done within these contexts, and you will address these concerns in relation to a number of theological themes.
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.
TH7060 Introduction to the Study of Theology, Media and Communication - This module provides a critical introduction to relevant literature, concepts, methods and perspectives in the study of religion, media, culture and communication. It will introduce you to essential themes in media and communications theory, as well as enabling you to locate, interpret and apply a range of theological approaches to communication, culture and society.
TH7025 Research Dissertation - A topic is chosen relating to a student's course aims and learning outcomes, and to their personal and/or professional interests. The dissertation is based upon guided, but largely independent, research. Research methodology forms part of supervision and of the submitted dissertation. This module is compulsory for all students wishing to complete their MA course.
Optional modules: (20 credits each, unless stated)
TH7017 Independent Biblical Study
TH7023 Contemporary Issues in Contextual Theology
TH7026 Jews, Christians and Pagans 168BCE - 132CE
TH7039 Spirituality and Popular Culture
TH7043 Urban Theology
TH7048 Practice-Based Research Project (40 credits)
TH7049 Contemporary Issues in Public Theology
TH7054 TRS Conference Study
TH7056 Field Study of Religion
TH7061 Media Ethics
TH7067 Contemporary Religion: Shifting paradigms and patterns
TH7068 Key Texts in Christian Theological Ethics
TH7071 Academic Writing for Publication
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The academic ability, motivation and potential of a candidate wishing to apply for the course is determined from a number of forms of evidence, such as:
2:1 or 1st class honours degree in Theology and/or Religious Studies
2:1 or 1st class honours degree in another relevant subject, together with evidence of certificated learning in religious studies or substantial related professional or voluntary experience;
Evidence of a lower qualification plus substantial appropriate professional experience, evidenced in a summary of non-certificated and experiential learning.
Students without one of the above forms of evidence can, subject to the approval of the programme leader, demonstrate achievement and potential for MA study by registering for a trial module at a lower level. If the module is passed successfully at a level equivalent to an upper second class mark for a final year undergraduate, this can be used as evidence of ability to work at Master’s level.
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