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 - Dr Matt Lynch
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.
TH7923: Voices for a Just Society - Dr Bob Ekblad
This module explores Biblical and theological perspectives on social justice. The objective of the module is to help students develop a framework for thinking critically about current issues. In order to do this we explore and evaluate the prophetic traditions in the Old and New Testaments in relation to contemporary thinking and practices around social justice.
TH7929: Luke - Acts - Dr Adesola Akala & 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.
TH7927: Ecclesiology in Theory & Practice - Dr Lucy Peppiatt
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
Through focused study of select passages, this module will explore the central place of the Spirit in Pauline thought, and how Paul’s explosive theology of the Spirit can animate the 21st Century church. Attention will be paid to historic and contemporary theological reflection on the divinity of the Spirit, spiritual gifts, and Paul’s theology of New Creation.
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 2019-20 academic year will be made available as soon as possible:
MA Year 1
- TH7929 Luke and Acts with Dr Jason Myers (8 February 2020)
- TH7928 Reading the Old Testament for the Church with Dr Matt Lynch (16 November 2019)
MA Year 2
- TH7930 Paul and the Spirit with Dr Ben Blackwell (21 March 2020)
- TH7927 Ecclesiology in Theory and Practice with Dr Lucy Peppiatt (30 November 2019)
- TH7926 Faithfully Performing the Biblical Drama: Christian Ethics for Discipleship and Witness with Dr Andrew Goddard (14 March 2020)
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 (at 2:1 or higher) or a Graduate Diploma in theology (average mark 60% or higher) or a related discipline is generally required.
Those without a theology degree may be eligible for the Post Graduate Diploma in Kingdom Theology, which equates to the MA without the dissertation element. Students who maintain a 60% or higher average may be eligible to also complete a dissertation for an MA award. Eligibility for the Post Graduate Diploma will be determined on the basis of a humanities degree, evidence of theological engagement and/or training, or relevant work experience.
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 costs of this course are £3,100 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.