This Part-time Master’s Degree gives students the opportunity to explore the deep riches of Biblical theology, Christian History, church life, and life in the Spirit. The programme has a distinct emphasis on the relevance of theology to all spheres of life, with an optional integrative track focussing on marketplace theology or social transformation. All students will produce a substantial piece of independent research (the dissertation).
The course is validated by the University of Chester.
Year 1 Modules
TH7928: Reading the Old Testament for the Church- Freddy Hedley
This module provides you with an opportunity to reflect on the significance of the Old Testament as Christian Scripture, with attention to key challenges and opportunities that the Old Testament presents for those in Christian ministry and mission. This course will provide opportunities to consider the costly loss of the Old Testament in modern church life. Students will explore the key ethical challenges to recovering the Old Testament in the modern world (gender, violence, ethnocentrism, historicity), and various ways that the Old Testament might be recovered for personal and Church enrichment.
TH7931: Persecution to Empire: Theology, Culture, and Politics in Early Christianity - Dr Amy Brown Hughes
In this module students will explore how early Christians understood their place in history and began to tell that story. The story includes a wild plot twist: the persecuted minority becomes the triumphant empire. In this module, students will explore this shift through the work of the early Church historian Eusebius of Caesarea who witnessed it firsthand. They will read ancient texts and learn how to navigate the age of Constantine, a period of great political, ecclesiological, and theological change. Students will gain a critical understanding of the historical and theological context of the first five centuries of Christianity and understand the distinctiveness of early Christian historiography over its pagan predecessors and counterparts.
TH7929: Luke-Acts - Dr Jason Myers
In this module students will examine the historical background and theological emphases within the narrative and literary settings of Luke-Acts. Close readings that engage with notable scholarship will utilise selected pericopes to illustrate intersections between history, theology and spirituality in the Lukan corpus. Throughout the study, attention will be given to the spiritual implications of Luke’s theology, and the significance of the Spirit as a subject in Luke-Acts. A critical question underlying this module is: How does Luke-Acts as a historical and literary narrative offer a clear trajectory to Christian theological formation and spiritual development?
Year 2 Modules
TH7926: Faithfully Performing the Biblical Drama: Christian Ethics for Discipleship & Witness - Dr Andrew Goddard
This module explores and critically assesses concepts and issues in Christian ethics with a biblical and theological focus. It introduces the subject of ethics more broadly before examining the particular task of Christian ethics as an academic discipline enabling Christians to live lives worthy of their calling in faithful discipleship and witness as part of Christian mission.
TH7920: God through the Ages - Dr Jasper Knecht
This module explores key theological themes in relation to ecclesiology, examines the historical developments within the church, and gives students the opportunity for critical reflection on church traditions and accepted practice. There will be opportunities for students to critically evaluate their own church traditions as well as engaging with a broad appreciation of other traditions. In addition, students will study new forms of church and possible developments in the future. Students will engage with topics such as what constitutes the church, denominationalism and ecumenism, gender and sexuality in relation to church leadership, feminism, liberation theology, mission, and fresh expressions.
TH7930: Paul & the Spirit - Dr Ben Blackwell
This module provides you with the opportunity to step further in to the life of the Spirit as we explore Paul’s theological vision for the world. To gain a window on his theology we will focus on Romans and 1 Corinthians to see how he applied his theology to these contexts—addressing things like cultural immersion, ecclesial divisions, sexual ethics, and ministry gifting—so that we can embody that theology in our contemporary contexts. The module will give particular attention to the Spirit’s role in Paul’s theology and how the people of the Spirit live eschatologically. This will all be framed in the context of shaping our lives and contemporary ministries in light of Paul’s enduring theology.
TH7917: MA Research Dissertation - various faculty
The dissertation gives students the opportunity to explore their own theological interests, and if they choose, to undertake a sustained study in some aspect of social transformation or marketplace theology. Students select a dissertation topic in conjunction with tutors and will pursue guided, but largely independent, research.
In addition to two compulsory residential teaching weeks, Hub based MA students are required to attend two or three MA Teaching Saturdays throughout the year. The dates for Teaching Saturdays in the 2020-21 academic year are shown below.
MA Year 1
- TH7928: Reading the Old Testament for the Church with Freddy Hedley (21 November 2020)
- TH7929: Luke and Acts with Dr Jason Myers (27 February 2021)
- TH7931:Persecution to Empire: Theology, Culture, and Politics in Early Christianity with Dr Amy Brown Hughes (6 March 2021)
MA Year 2
- TH7920: God through the Ages with Dr Jasper Knecht (28 November 2020)
- TH7926: Faithfully Performing the Biblical Drama: Christian Ethics for Discipleship and Witness with Dr Andrew Goddard (6 February 2021)
- TH7930: Paul and the Spirit with Dr Ben Blackwell (13 March 2021)
Students who are on the Flexi-MA do not attend the MA teaching Saturdays, but receive recorded teaching after each Saturday event.
A Bachelor’s degree in theology and/or religious studies (preferably at 2:1 or higher) or a Graduate Diploma in theology and/or religious studies (preferably with an average mark of 60% or higher).
Applications may be taken from EU Nationals (in addition to those students resident in the UK or Sweden) for the Flexi-MA. Please see the Flexi-MA for more details.
If English is not your first language, please see the English Language requirements on the Admissions page.
The cost of this course is £3,350 per year, which includes a £350 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place after receiving an offer. There is also an additional £650 fee for the dissertation which becomes payable upon submission of a dissertation proposal.