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MA Christian Ministry

The MA in Christian Ministry has been specially developed to meet the needs of Christian ministers, predominantly those working in local churches. A diverse and exciting range of modules will enhance your theological, liturgical, spiritual and pastoral skills. Your study will consistently ask what is the local and practical importance of key questions and issues. At the end of the course, in the dissertation, you will reflect theologically in depth on your own specific ministerial context.

The course is suitable for clergy and laity. There is an increasing diversity in Christian ministry and that provision is only likely to become more varied in the future. Teaching is ecumenical and would be appropriate for those ministers seeking to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of relevant theological areas. 

There will be a 15% discount fee for alumni at Chichester. 

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Entry Requirements/Fees

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline.

You will also be required to attend an interview.

Reduced fees are available for those recommended for study by their local church authorities.

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Student view

Fiona Windsor
I have found the MA in Christian Ministry immensely helpful in encouraging theological reflective practice. Undertaking an MA when you have a fully committed working life is daunting but I have found the course to be very well tailored and builds confidence from my first assignment of a 750 word blog of theological reflection of a political situation, subsequent essays and case studies leading up to the dissertation. These have all been hugely enabling. All the lecturers and staff are so helpful, positive and offer excellent feedback and advice, particularly on those days when it’s a struggle.
Engaging and undertaking the M.A has been a positive experience which has enabled my day job as an Archdeacon.
Sarah Beresford

The MA course is a great way to improve your practice as a Christian Minister.  I have found the focused 3 day teaching blocks useful, interesting and enjoyable and incredibly practical for my diary.  There is freedom within the curriculum to be able to relate most of the teaching and assignments directly to my practice as a lay minister.

Course content

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

You will study a varied and exciting series of modules aimed to develop your theological skills and understanding and help you apply this new knowledge to your specific context and concerns.

The MA is studied part-time by following a two year taught module programme followed by a one year dissertation module. The taught modules are delivered at residential schools in August, January and May.

At the beginning of the course you will explore critically the methodological presumptions which underpin practical and public theology. This provides a grounding for your theological engagement with your context. Further core modules are a practical theology project, spirituality, and ritual and liturgy. You may then undertake advanced study in important public theology topics such as biblical studies, ethics, pluralism and diversity, and missiology.

Year One

August Residential: Practical and Public Theology (core)

January Residential: Pluralism and Diversity  or  The Bible and Public Theology

May Residential: Liturgy and Ritual in Contemporary Culture (core)

Year Two

August Residential:  Practical Theology Project (core)

January Residential: Christian Ethics in Contemporary Society  or  Christian Mission in Western Sociey

May Residential: Spirituality (core)

Year Three

All year: Dissertation 

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.

Find out more

You can find out more about the MA by contacting Dr Graeme Smith or Canon Rebecca Swyer and arranging an informal meeting or telephone call.

The Revd Canon Rebecca Swyer

Director for Apostolic Life,

Diocesan Church House,

211 New Church Road,



Tel: 01273 425015

Dr Stephen Roberts

Dept. of Theology, Philosophy & Religious Studies,

University of Chichester,

College Lane,


PO19 6PE.

Tel: 01243 816194


Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered in blocks lasting 3 days. You may either visit the University daily or if you live further away accommodation will need to be arranged. We can help find suitable accommodation, including on campus. A separate fee is charged for the accommodation.

Block Teaching dates are:

Tuesday, August 23rd – Thursday, August 25th 2016

Tuesday, January 10th – Thursday, January 12th 2017

Tuesday, May 9th – Thursday, May 11th 2017

Tuesday, August 22nd – Thursday, August 24th 2017

Tuesday, January 9th – Thursday, January 11th 2018

Tuesday, May 8th – Thursday, May 10th 2018

Tuesday, August 21st – Thursday, August 23rd 2018

Tuesday, January 8th – Thursday, January 10th 2019

Tuesday, May 7th – Thursday, May 9th 2019

Additional Costs

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Course fees

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

The full rate for the MA is £640 per module which equates to £1920 per year. This is payable for each of the 3 years of study.

Reduced fees are available for those recommended for study by their local church authorities, the department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies department of the University of Chichester, or by SCALA.

The reduced fee is £480 per module equating to £1440 per year for each of the three years of study.

Accommodation costs are in addition to the academic fee.