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Course summary

The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (November 2022). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via The MTh in Applied Theology is designed to enable theological reflection upon experience in pastoral practice. It may be taken if candidates hold a ministerial or pastoral appointment at present, or if they are able to include a period of approved pastoral experience in your course of study on the MTh. The MTh is divided into two parts. Part I is the first year of taught study during which full-time students must be resident in Oxford and part-time students must participate regularly in accordance with University Regulations for part-time study. The MTh may be taken either full-time (residential) in two years, or part-time in three or four years. Students may transfer from full-time to part-time after the first year. Students will take four units in total during Part I. The two core units are:

  • Doctrine, Context and Practice
  • Experiential Project with Theological Reflection.
Further units may include the following options:
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Pastoral Psychology
  • Science and Faith in the Modern World
  • The Use of the Bible
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Liturgy and Worship
  • Christian Ethics
  • Mission in the Modern World
  • Inter-faith Dialogue
  • Ecclesiology in an Ecumenical Context
The Doctrine, Context and Practice unit is taught by weekly classes. The other three modules are taught by individual supervision. This means that each student will be provided with a tutor with whom they meet regularly to discuss their written work, resulting in an extended essay for each unit taken. In Part II of the MTh, students will write a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on an agreed aspect of applied theology. This dissertation can be completed part-time. Supervision Students will be assigned supervisors to help you formulate and prepare your essay projects, as well as the dissertation. The number of meetings with supervisors will vary, but you should expect regular, at least fortnightly interactions with supervisors, tutors or course coordinators, whether at classes or in one-to-one meetings. For this course, the allocation of graduate supervision is the responsibility of the Faculty of Theology and Religion and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. Under exceptional circumstances a supervisor may be found outside the Faculty of Theology and Religion. Assessment In addition to a dissertation on an agreed aspect of applied theology, each unit in Part I is assessed by an extended essay. Graduate destinations Students who leave the University of Oxford with graduate degrees in theology enter a variety of careers all around the world. The majority who graduate with the MTh in Applied Theology secure employment in Christian ministry or other faith-based pastoral contexts. Occasionally students have progressed to doctoral study from the MTh.

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Applied Theology at University of Oxford - UCAS