MA / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission

//MA / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission
MA / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission 2016-11-17T10:27:39+00:00
Neil Thorogood with students

Overview

Churches face challenge and change more than ever today. Traditions and customs are changing, and societies are moving away from single faith structures to multi-faith, even no faith, dynamic cultures. Churches need to evolve with changing societies, and they need highly trained and informed people to play a leading role in the development of Christian mission and ministry as practitioners, educators and enablers.

The Federation provides a practical and broad-based approach to the exploration of ministry in a variety of settings and contexts through its Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MA programmes, offered in partnership with, and validated by, Durham University. These programmes are part of the Common Awards Framework and provide a platform for exploring the changes and challenges facing churches in the 21st century, as well as opportunities for individual specialism and research.

As a student on the MA, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission, you will take part in a reflective practice approach to teaching and learning, which provides flexibility and creativity in assessment and authentic preparation for ministry in a wide variety of contexts. The integration of reflective practice will enable you to engage at a deep level, making connections across the curriculum and on into ministry. Students are placed at the centre of teaching and learning.

The Federation’s postgraduate programmes offer a wide array of modules, enabling you to experience both breadth of subject area and depth in exploration. The curriculum is wide in scope, offering a diverse and dynamic learning experience.

Further Details

Current undergraduates and practitioners who want to deepen their knowledge and experience, students studying for ordination or lay positions within their churches, teachers, psychologists, chaplains, and youth and social workers are just some of those who will benefit from the MA, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Theology Ministry and Mission.

Our postgraduate programmes can be taken in one year full-time, or part-time over two or three years. Several modes of study are available, including evening classes in Cambridge, blended learning modules (classroom teaching supported by online discussion), intensive 3-4 day modules and summer school sessions. You will have opportunities to enroll on placement modules, allowing you to apply your learning and make deeper connections between the classroom and the real world.

The normal entrance requirement for the postgraduate programmes in Theology, Ministry and Mission is a first- or good second-class honours degree in Theology, Religious Studies or a related subject. Graduates in other disciplines may also be admitted to the programme. Recent or current experience of the practice of Christian ministry is an asset.

Students for whom English is their second language should have achieved a score of at least 7.0 in an IELTS examination.

Applications are generally considered for the Michaelmas term starting in October, although it is also possible to begin the programme in Lent term, starting in January. To apply for admission to the MA, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission, please download an application form from our applications page. Should you have any questions or would like to speak with one of our team members, please contact pg-enquiries@theofed.cam.ac.uk.

Options for Postgraduate Study – Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission

  • 20-credit modules: 200 hours of work (teaching & preparation)
  • Dissertation (60 credits): 600 hours of work
  Full-time (half a year) Part-time (1 year)
Months 1-6 3 modules (600 hours) 1 or 2 modules (200-400 hours)
Months 7-12   1 or 2 modules (200-400 hours)
  Full-time (1 year) Part-time (2 years) Part-time (3 years)
1st year 6 modules (1200 hours) 3 modules (600 hours) 2 modules (400 hours)
2nd year   3 modules (600 hours) 2 modules (400 hours)
3rd year     2 modules (400 hours)

Option 1

  Full-time (1 year) Part-time (2 years) Part-time (3 years)
1st year 6 modules & Dissertation (1800 hours) 4 modules (800 hours) 2 modules (400 hours)
2nd year   2 modules & Dissertation (1000 hours) 3 modules (600 hours)
3rd year     1 module & Dissertation (800 hours)

Option 2

  Full-time (1 year) Part-time (2 years) Part-time (3 years)
1st year 6 modules & Dissertation (1800 hours) 5 modules (1000 hours) 3 modules (600 hours)
2nd year   1 modules & Dissertation (800 hours) 3 modules (600 hours)
3rd year     Dissertation (600 hours)

Option 3

  Full-time (1 year) Part-time (2 years) Part-time (3 years)
1st year 6 modules & Dissertation (1800 hours) 3 modules (600 hours) 2 modules (400 hours)
2nd year   3 modules & Dissertation (1200 hours) 2 modules (400 hours)
3rd year     2 module & Dissertation (1000 hours)