MASTER OF ARTS (THEOLOGY)
validated by the University of Chester
King's M.A. in Theology permits specialisation in both Biblical Studies and Theology (including Evangelical Theology). Typical of British postgraduate Theology degrees there is a strong emphasis on independent research, including a substantial thesis element allowing students to undertake an extended area of independent research and writing in the subject of their own choosing.
The degree is designed to appeal to a wide range of students, including those holding undergraduate qualifications in Religion, Divinity or Theology, and clergy or other professionals seeking to extend their theological study. The M.A. is also a suitable qualification for those wanting to pursue research at doctoral level.
COURSE AIMS AND FOCUS
The M.A. provides an opportunity for specialisation in Biblical Studies and broader theological issues, with a range of electives on offer via an online course culminating in certification with a British university.
For Evangelicals, there is also the opportunity to focus upon a detailed and scholarly examination of the history, thought and current trends of the modern Evangelical movement, allowing for both a greater appreciation of and critical engagement with the various expressions and components of their tradition. The course is also relevant to observers and commentators of Evangelicalism who do not belong to the movement.
The M.A. also contributes to existing Christian ministry. Subject specific skills include hermeneutical tools and the necessary evaluative skills to engage with and critique modern society and its challenges from a Christian perspective.
The M.A. can be completed over one year full-time, though to up to six years part-time. Prospective students may commence the course any time of the year. The entire M.A. programme can be completed online and there are no short residential or attendance requirements.
The degree consists of six taught modules (two-thirds of the M.A.) and a dissertation (one-third). There is the option not to complete the dissertation and instead earn an early exit award (the Postgraduate Diploma) upon completion of the six units.
For detailed aims, structure and content view the M.A. specification on the Chester website. For detailed content of individual modules scroll down and click on the underlined module codes in the box.
Ordinarily, a good degree in either Theology, Religious Studies, Divinity (e.g. BTh, BA, BD, BMin) or a degree in a related area of Theology and Religion is expected. In special circumstances we may also accept motivated students with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines (BSc, BA). Each case is assessed on an individual basis. View our FAQ or contact the Academic Dean for questions relating to entry requirements.
The King's M.A. (Theology) degree is validated and awarded by the University of Chester. Graduates are eligible to attend the university's graduation ceremony held each year at Chester Cathedral.