Theology, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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.


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:

  • 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.


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

Programme Structure

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 36 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 88

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 10800 International


  • Masters Scholarships £5000
  • Science without Borders Scholarship
  • Chevening Scholarship
  • Commonwealth Scholarships
  • DIKTI Scholarships
  • GREAT Scholarships

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