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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.


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Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £495 per 20 credit module

(Part time fees are calculated based on sum of module credits taken per annum)

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Loan Repayments

The MA is eligible for a student loan.  Students may borrow the full fee cost, which at the moment is £1950 per year for three years totalling £5850.  The loan is repaid from the April after the degree is completed so students starting in August 2019 and not having a break will begin to repay their loan in April 2023. 

Details of how repayments are calculated are on the student loan web site.  These can be subject to change.  The amount repaid includes the initial fee and any interest decided by the loan company and again this may change.  However based on current figures the following model shows what might be expected.  The rate of monthly repayment depends on salary so that someone earning around about £27,000 a year could expect to repay at a rate of about £30 a month for a period of about 13 years.  This is intended as a guide and is not a guarantee of figures.

For more information see the relevant web sites:

You can also access support as a University of Chichester applicant from the Student Finance Office including how to apply for a loan and what funding models are available.  

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline.
  • You may also be required to attend an interview.

Student view

The Venerable Fiona Windsor
Archdeacon of Horsham and Honorary Chaplain to the Queen (QHC)
"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."

Since graduating, Archdeacon Fiona has been appointed as a Chaplain to the Queen and when asked of the role, said "It is a wonderful privilege and I am deeply honoured to serve the monarchy in this way."
Sarah Beresford
Catholic Bible School

"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

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 modules may include 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.

  • Practical and Public Theology 
  • The Bible and Public Theology
  • Practical Theology Project
  • Christian Ethics and Contemporary Society
  • Christian Leadership
  • Spirituality


All year: Dissertation 
The final dissertation is 15,000 words.

Please note, not all modules will necessarily be available every year.

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

Professor Graeme Smith

University of Chichester
College Lane
PO19 6PE
Tel: 01243 816191

International English Studies

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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:

Academic year 2019/20

Tuesday, August 20th – Thursday, August 22nd 2019
Tuesday, January 7th – Thursday, January 9th 2020
Tuesday, May 5th – Thursday, May 7th 2020

Dissertation Day:   Friday August 28th, 2020, 10:30am – 3:30pm

Academic year 2020/21

Tuesday, August 25th – Thursday, August 27th 2020
Tuesday, January 5th – Thursday, January 7th 2021
Tuesday, May 11th – Thursday, May 13th 2021

Dissertation Day:  Friday  August 27th 2021, 10:30am – 3:30pm

Academic year 2020/21

Tuesday, August 24th – Thursday, August 26th 2021
Tuesday, January 4th – Thursday, January 6th 2022
Tuesday, May 10th – Thursday, May 12th 2022


Additional Costs

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