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MA Public Theology

The course has been specifically designed to develop and enhance your skills as a public theologian. You will explore the important role and contribution of theological ideas to public debates and issues.

The course is ecumenical and would be appropriate for those with a background in theology seeking to improve significantly their knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of important areas.

The course will develop a set of practical and public theological skills. 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 public issues. You may then undertake advanced study in important topics such as ethics, pluralism and diversity, liturgy and ritual, spirituality, biblical studies, and missiology.

There is 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

Rebekah Hanson
I have found that the MA Public Theology course has provided me with many opportunities to creatively develop my interest in engaging with art and theology in the public sphere. For instance, one of my assignments involved researching the impact of art in hospitals. In doing so I was able to theologically reflect on issues of human wholeness and healing by linking the healthcare environment with Christian sacred space, and the way art in both contexts serves human well-being in physical, psychological and spiritual ways.
Lottie Norton

One of things I really value about the course is that it has helped me to build upon the knowledge gained through my undergraduate study. Particularly by enabling me to see how theology can engage with, and is relevant to public culture , and in this way how it can be a very practical subject.  I also like that the course offers a great variety of modules such as biblical studies, ethics and spiritually as well as theology.

In terms of particular assignments, I really enjoyed the liturgy and ritual assignment as that enabled me to write an assignment where theology was engaging with secular forms of popular culture.

Also the bible and public theology assignment really helped me to see  how the bible has engaged with popular culture and through writing my assignment allowed me to view the bible in new and alternative ways.

Course content

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.

You can find out more about the MA by contacting Dr Stephen Roberts and arranging an informal meeting or telephone call. Email: s.roberts@chi.ac.uk or 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

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Course fees

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