MA
MA Level 7

The MA programme (with taught modules taken over two or three years) is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in theology and/or religious studies (at 2:1 or higher), or who have completed a Graduate Diploma in theology and/or religious studies (with an average mark of 60% or higher).

MA in Kingdom Theology

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 taught element can be taken over two or three years.

This course is validated by the University of Chester.

COURSE CONTENT*

This module explores the development of the doctrine of God from the Patristic Era right through to the current day. Several authors will take centre stage in this enterprise, most notably Augustine of Hippo, Anselm of Canterbury, Richard of St Victor, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Karl Barth, and Katherine Sonderegger. In light of the theologies of these thinkers, the students will be invited to critically reflect on the motivations that led to these theologies being developed, on the context in which they did, and how those ideas relate to their own conceptions of God. What is the relation between the Creator and his creation, how do we understand the unity of God, how does God’s activity relate to his eternal being, and how can we speak helpfully about him; these are just a few of the questions that will be discussed.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

All students on the MA will need to complete a dissertation.

The dissertation (usually completed in Year 3) 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.

*WTC reserves the right to change modules as appropriate.

COURSE DELIVERY

The taught modules can either be taken over two years (3 modules per year) or three years (2 modules per year). In addition to the two Residential teaching weeks, Hub-based MA students need to attend two or three Teaching Saturdays each year

Option 1 - Taught modules taken over 2 Years
+ Dissertation in third year

YEAR 1:
  • Reading the Old Testament for the Church
  • Luke and Acts
  • Persecution to Empire: Theology, Culture,
    and Politics in Early Christianity
YEAR 2:
  • God through the Ages
  • Faithfully Performing the Biblical Drama: Christian Ethics for Discipleship and Witness
  • Paul and the Spirit

Option 2 - Taught modules taken over 3 Years
+ Dissertation in fourth year

YEAR 1:
  • Reading the Old Testament for the Church
  • Persecution to Empire: Theology, Culture, and Politics in Early Christianity
YEAR 2:
  • Faithfully Performing the Biblical Drama: Christian Ethics for Discipleship and Witness
  • Luke and Acts
YEAR 3:
  • God through the Ages
  • Paul and the Spirit
  • 13 November 2021
    – TH7928: Reading the Old Testament for the Church with Freddy Hedley 
  • 20 November 2021
    – TH7926: Faithfully Performing the Biblical Drama: Christian Ethics for Discipleship and Witness with Dr Andrew Goddard
  • 29 January 2022
    – TH7929: Luke and Acts with Dr Jason Myers
  • 12 February 2022
    – TH7920: God through the Ages with Dr Jasper Knecht
  • 12 March 2022
    – TH7931: Persecution to Empire: Theology, Culture, and Politics in Early Christianity with Dr Amy Brown Hughes
  • 26 March 2022
    – TH7930: Paul and the Spirit with Dr Ben Blackwell

The dates for 2022-23 will follow a similar pattern to the current academic year.

Students who are on the Flexi-MA do not attend the MA teaching Saturdays, but receive recorded teaching after each Saturday event.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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).

  • If English is not your first language, please see the English Language requirements on the Admissions page.

FEES

Two year (taught element) programme: 
£3,850 per year + £750 Dissertation fee, which includes a £400 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place after receiving an offer.

Three year (taught element) programme:
£2,750 per year + £750 Dissertation fee, which includes a £400 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place after receiving an offer.

Deadline: 12th August

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