When it comes to theology, the deepest rewards come from serious engagement with the Bible and key Christian figures and texts. This programme is ideal for Theology or Religious Studies graduates looking to advance in higher research or practising church leaders seeking deeper engagement with core Christian texts and themes.
The MA programme consists of 180 credits at level 7 and is currently offered at our London (Monday) and East Midlands (Tuesday) teaching centres, with students accessing weekly teaching and seminars at their local centre teaching day. All Independent MA students will also be required to access two additional teaching days during undergraduate teaching weeks in London, while Ordinands on the MA programme will receive this teaching during the residential elements of their training.
At the London centre, students can choose one of two foci for their MA study: Mission in Contemporary Culture or Biblical Studies. At the East Midlands centre, students engage with modules that cover a range of topics, including Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, and Christian Ethics. All MA students complete a dissertation, allowing students to focus their independent research in an area of specific academic interest.
The MA programme is offered part-time over two-years at both the East Midlands and London centres. Engaging in the MA programme full-time over one year is only possible for those undertaking modules that allow for a specialism in Mission in Contemporary Culture, currently only offered at the London centre.
At our East Midlands Centre, students work towards an MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission, engaging modules in Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology, Theological Ethics, and Philosophical Theology,
They also study the life and work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the most critical theological voices for the life of the church today. In addition, MA students complete modules that engage issues of methodology in modern theology and questions of research and reflection in theology more generally.
Students also undertake an independent piece of theological research (a dissertation) on a subject of their own interest, supervised by a member of the national College's academic team.
The Biblical Studies focus within the MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission offered at our London centre gives MA students the opportunity to study biblical texts in detail, undertaking modules exploring Issues in Biblical Theology and Topics in Christian Doctrine . They also explore a theological text in detail and advanced study of a theological figure (usually Douglas Campbell).
In addition, MA students will be equipped with exploration of methods in modern theology, research and reflection, and will complete a dissertation on a subject of their own interest.
The Mission in Contemporary Culture focus within the MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission offered at our London centre gives MA students the opportunity to study contemporary theological approaches to mission at depth.
Modules include an exploration of Theology in Global Perspectives, Mission and Ecclesiology in a contemporary context, an advanced study of New Testament texts in relation to mission, an exploration of key doctrinal topics in contemporary context, and a module exploring Jesus and the Good Life. This MA combines rigorous academic theology with reflection upon practical approaches to the mission of the church in the world today.
In addition, MA students will take a module in Research Methods and will complete a dissertation on a subject of their own interest, supervised by a member of the St Mellitus academic team.
The final piece of work is a 15,000 word dissertation on a subject of the student’s choice. This enables students to identify and study a topic relevant to study and research of theology, ministry and mission in depth. Written assignments comprise the majority of assessment for the MA Theology, Ministry and Mission, and most of these are essays, but they also include other written assessments like reflective journals and book reviews. Students also have some oral presentations.
This sample module list provides an idea of modules that a student might engage in during their studies at St Mellitus College
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