Theology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book 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.


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

Courses include:

  • Themes and Methods in Practical and Contextual Theology 
  • Key Theological Texts
  • Introduction to the Study of Theology, Media and Communication 
  • Independent Biblical Study
  • Contemporary Issues in Contextual Theology
  • Jews, Christians and Pagans 168BCE - 132CE
  • Urban Theology
  • TH7048 Practice-Based Research Project (40 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Theology
  • Media Ethics
  • Contemporary Religion: Shifting paradigms and patterns
  • Key Texts in Christian Theological Ethics
  • Academic Writing for Publication

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • 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 need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

UK/EU students:

  • Normally a 2:1 in theology and/or religious studies or related disciplines is required. Applicants with lower qualifications, a degree in another discipline or appropriate relevant experience should contact us for advice.
International students:
  • Students from countries outside the UK are expected to have entry qualifications roughly equivalent to UK A Level for undergraduate study and British Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) for postgraduate study. To help you to interpret these equivalents, please click on your country of residence to see the corresponding entry qualifications, along with information about your local representatives, events, information and contacts.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    11850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11850 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4590 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4590 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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