We also offer the Flexi-MA option for those needing a flexible and dynamic MA programme but who are unable to join WTC’s local Hub communities. It is open to any EU national (for non-EU individuals living in the EU, please contact WTC). The course content options are the same for students on both the Hub-based and Flexi-MA tracks. Both tracks get the best of the live teaching with the rest of the MA learning community, twice yearly for 4-5 day residentials in early September and January, in Telford, UK. For Hub-based MA students the non-residential teaching is delivered on Saturdays in their chosen Hub. For Flexi-MA students the balance of the teaching is accessed online at your convenience. You watch the teaching videos, liaise with your tutor via email or Skype, and write your assignments according to your schedule.
Both tracks have access to faculty throughout the year via email as well as access to resources that lecturers post online via Moodle (WTC’s virtual learning environment for students).
Flexi-MA students within the UK are asked to select a Hub which can be used to access library resources should they wish. Students resident outside the UK, or not within easy travelling distance of an existing Hub, will need to ensure that they can access a decent academic theological library, or have the personal resources to purchase books that will be required for research at this level. In addition, all students have access to an enormous online database of journal articles and e-books.
The course is validated by the University of Chester.
Can I attend the Hub teaching Saturdays as a Flexi-MA student?
No, teaching Saturdays are only for the Hub-based students who make a commitment to the Hub learning community.
Beyond the two residentials, are there any opportunities to feel part of the larger student community?
Yes. Flexi-MA students will participate in occasional online hangouts with lecturers as well as being given the opportunity to connect with other students via private social media groups. In addition, WTC provides a number of Kingdom Theology Events throughout the UK each year, at which students can connect in person.
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 though 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, students who are on the Flexi-MA do not attend the MA Teaching Saturdays, but receive a recording of the teaching after each Saturday event. Please see the MA course page for details of the Teaching Saturdays.
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.
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.
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