Newbold College

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant)

Theology (Taught)

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Course summary

The Master of Arts in Theology prepares you for ministry within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The international character of the Adventist Church and its multicultural context requires great diversity in ministry, on both the educational and on the pastoral level. The MA in Theology is designed to meet these challenges and will offer you a wide variety of study areas that are relevant to contemporary issues in the Church, as well as Adventist and Christian history. Newbold’s comprehensive training with equip you with:

  • A deep and relevant knowledge of Scripture.
  • Competence in pastoral skills that are relevant to the needs of the contemporary world.
  • Knowledge as you explore Church’s theology, history and mission.
  • Clarity for your future as you discover the endless possibilities of all three key pathways offered.
  • Specialist training that will enable a wider range of employment opportunities than other similar degrees.
"My experience of studying postgraduate Theology here at Newbold has truly been life-changing and faith-affirming. The journey was humbling and challenging, giving me the opportunity to grow as a person. I discovered that before coming to Newbold my understanding of God and how He interacts with the world had been very limited. However, studying at Newbold has taught me how deep and vast God's love for us is, and the extent that He has gone to in order to save us. I have been blessed to be a part of the Newbold community and have definitely left with lifelong friends." Sophia Peart, Pastor - Hanworth Community SDA Church. Three pathways to choose from: 1. Biblical Studies You will be invited to complete the Old Testament or New Testament route. Either route will present opportunities for developing and mastering skills in translation and exegesis at an advanced level. You will engage in rigorous and independent research of complex exegetical issues and in a self-reflective examination of how the biblical text may be appropriated to complex and unpredictable situations in modern culture through the application of contemporary hermeneutics. Additionally, the Biblical Studies pathway enables the student to investigate the trends of specific texts within the larger biblical and theological context, as well as in the tradition of the Adventist Church. 2. Systematic Theology The Systematic Theology pathway will provide opportunities for you to master the ability to think theologically and to ‘do’ theology in a critical, reflective and creative manner. You will engage in a rigorous application of the methods and principles unique to the disciplines of biblical and systematic theology. You will examine complex historical theological systems and learn to constructively respond to them. The Systematic Theology pathway is designed to encourage in-depth research of the leading motifs of Adventist Christianity within the context of the wider Christian and philosophical traditions. 3. Pastoral Studies The Pastoral Studies pathway will provide opportunities for you to respond to the complex and often perplexing issues that challenge Christian faith and ministry in today’s rapidly changing world. You will learn to respond creatively to various complex tasks relating to ministry in the current global context and contemporary European culture. You will learn to master the professional skills essential for successful ministry, scholarship and leadership, both within the diverse and changing context of the Adventist Church and in the wider community. The structure, content and assessment patterns of the course have been designed to equip you with the critical and analytical skills necessary for employment while instilling a desire and passion for lifelong learning and personal development.

Course details

Modules

To fulfill the requirements for the Master of Arts in Theology you will need to successfully complete 120 credits (six modules, 20 credits each) of taught modules, and a 60 credit 15,000-word research dissertation, to total 180 credits. Each of the modules in the Master of Arts in Theology is worth 20 credits. As a full-time student you will complete three modules per semester for your first two semesters, and you will complete a dissertation in an area of your choosing in your final semester. As a part-time student you will follow a similar pattern to full-time students, but you will complete six modules across four semesters, and you will spend two semesters completing your dissertation. The Master of Arts in Theology offers you three pathways of specialisation, which you will move into as soon as you begin your studies: Biblical Studies (in which students can choose to take the Old Testament route or the New Testament route) Pastoral Studies Systematic Theology Plus The Master’s Research Dissertation


Entry requirements

You may need to meet different entry requirements depending on where you are from and what your academic background is. Generally, to be eligible for entry to the Master of Arts in Theology, you will need to have completed: Bachelor of Arts in Theology with one biblical language (either Hebrew or Greek) OR An undergraduate degree in any area, plus a Graduate Diploma in Biblical and Pastoral Studies (or equivalent)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9552 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9552 Year 1
Scotland £9552 Year 1
Wales £9552 Year 1

Additional fee information

For further information please see: https://www.newbold.ac.uk/admissions/tuition-and-financial-aid/
Theology at Newbold College - UCAS