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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.


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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.


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

  • The full 2019 rate for the MA is £650 per module which equates to £1950 per year. This is payable for each of the 3 years of study.
  • Reduced fees are available for those recommended by their local church or other appropriate authority.  This is £480 a module amounting to £1440 a year.
  • Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses. 

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.  

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 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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