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MA Schools Chaplaincy

The course has been specially developed to meet the needs of school chaplains working in schools and academies. A diverse and exciting range of modules will enhance your theological, liturgical, spiritual and pastoral skills. Your study will consistently ask what is the practical school 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 ordained and lay individuals. 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. 

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Entry Requirements/Fees

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

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

More information on fees below. 

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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 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

  • 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 Society
  • 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.