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Course summary

Our MA in Public Theology will develop and enhance your skills as a theologian, as you reflect on and engage with contemporary cultural, social and political issues. We will support you to build on your current expertise and knowledge so that you can more effectively lead your local community in discipleship, witness and growth. You will investigate the central role of theological ideas in public debates through an exciting and diverse range of modules that will allow you to explore contemporary issues and questions in depth. You will be taught through your attendance at three-day schools in August, January and May, which are followed by a series of assessment tasks. The MA is studied part-time by following a two-year taught module programme followed by a one-year dissertation module


Some modules can be studied alone, whereby you can study one module and accumulate the credits but are not registered for the full degree. For more details on our MA Christian Ministry modules, please contact Professor Graeme Smith ([email protected]). Support for the module ‘Christian Leadership’ is available from the diocese of Chichester. Please contact Rev’d Dr Earl Collins ([email protected]) or Canon Rebecca Swyer ([email protected])

Assessment method

The modules are assessed through a variety of tasks including essays, book reviews, case studies, research project reports, and presentations. The final dissertation is 15,000 words.

Entry requirements

If you wish to apply for a place on our MA Christian Ministry course, please contact Professor Graeme Smith – [email protected] **Normally you will be required to:** Have experience working in a ministerial or theological context Have a university theological qualification or a good honours degree in a humanities subject together with experience in a church context Attend an interview Submit your application online through the university web site If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 5.5 (or equivalent qualification) For those applying from the Diocese of Chichester a fee arrangement is in place which allows students to study with support from the diocese.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5With no element lower than 5.5
PTE Academic58

For more detail about our English language requirements, including details of the University's Summer Pre-Sessional English language courses, see our website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £714 Module
England £714 Module
Northern Ireland £714 Module
Scotland £714 Module
Wales £714 Module
Channel Islands £714 Module

Additional fee information

UK fee £770 per 20 credit module Students study 3 x 20 credit modules a year and so the full year cost is £2,310 Church Authority recommendation fee £499.95 per 20 credit module £1499.85 full cost.
Public Theology at University of Chichester - UCAS