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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.

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Entry Requirements/Fees

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

You may 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 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.

Year One

  • Practical and Public Theology 
  • Pluralism and Diversity  
  • The Bible and Public Theology
  • Liturgy and Ritual in Contemporary Culture

Year Two

  • Practical Theology Project 
  • Christian Ethics in Contemporary Society
  • Christian Mission in Western Sociey
  • Spirituality 

Year Three

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
Chichester
PO19 6PE

g.smith@chi.ac.uk
Tel: 01243 816191

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 2018/19

Tuesday, August 21st – Thursday, August 23rd 2018
Tuesday, January 8th – Thursday, January 10th 2019
Tuesday, May 7th – Thursday, May 9th 2019

Academic year 2019/20

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

Academic year 2020/21

Tuesday, August 18th – Thursday, August 20th 2020
Tuesday, January 5th – Thursday, January 7th 2021
Tuesday, May 11th – Thursday, May 13th 2021

Additional Costs

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Course fees

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 or the University of Chichester.

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.