M.A. Theology

University of Chester

Tuition fee:
  • £ 10,800 / Year (International)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: Blended
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 36 months
Part-time variant: Flexible
Structure: Fully structured
Student interaction: Online group works/assignments
Attendance: No Attendance
Teacher support: Continuous support with feedback on request

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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:

* Preparation for those seeking to study at doctoral level (e.g. PhD or DProf, though see also the MRes degree)
* Continuing professional development in a variety of contexts.
* Graduates wishing to pursue Masters study as an end in itself.


Core modules:

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

Optional modules:

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:

* an upper second or first class Honours degree in Theology and/or Religious Studies
* an upper second or first class honours degree in another subject, together with evidence of certificated learning in theology and/or religious studies or substantial related experience;
* evidence of a lower qualification plus substantial appropriate professional experience (such as teaching), evidenced in a summary of non-certificated and experiential learning.

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 Universitys 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

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL iBT® test: 88

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.



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

Core Values

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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