Below is a list of the different modules offered for the MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission including the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma. Please note that not all modules are offered each year.
Key writers in the area of biblical theology will also be introduced, since the exploration of a theme will require critical engagement with others who have written on the theme from different points of view and employing different methods. The module will conclude with student seminar presentations of their chosen theme.
During this module students will explore a significant area of church history and will be introduced to methods of critical evaluation and a range of sources (including primary and secondary texts, art, hymnody and other material evidence) The module will include:
• In-depth exploration of the chosen area.
• Consideration of this area’s connections to the wider history of Christian life and thought.
• Attention to the relationships between this historical area and contemporary Christian practice and experience.
Through the design of a small-scale research project, students will understand how to develop a conceptual framework, how to use practical methods and examine ethical issues appropriate to their context and study. Students will also gain the skills required for the preparation of a literature review in support of their research proposal through the comparison of two works relevant to the study of Theology, Ministry and/or Mission.
The student is responsible for arranging supervisions and organising a timetable and plan for his/her work. An introductory meeting with the year group will introduce the dissertation and explain the process for approving the proposed topic. The area chosen may enhance and integrate study from the taught module programme providing the independent study is clearly distinguished from the content of such taught modules.
The course will also allow students to gain further experience of using a variety of methods of theological reflection in the light of their placement context in order to develop their ministerial practice.
Students will be expected to agree a plan of activities with their placement supervisor, which takes into account specific learning outcomes agreed by their Director of Pastoral Studies/Practical Theology and any requirements of their sponsoring church. A working agreement form must be completed at the start of the placement hours. At the end of the placement the on-site supervisor will complete a report identifying the student’s contribution and growth. Both of these documents must be submitted in appendices with the assessed work.
Students will be expected to work with a journal of their experiences; research their context fully using available resources and apply methods of reading and/or profiling a context, provide accounts of pastoral encounters and ‘critical incidents’ for analysis in a group context and reflect with a placement supervisor on their own development. Group teaching on specific areas of pastoral and practical theology for ministry will be linked to independent reading and research as well as to the material students bring to the group for reflection.