Theology & Ministry
Programme of study
This strand of the MA is built upon the strengths of the
Practical Theology research team at York St John University.
The taught modules include advanced study of theology and biblical
studies, study of the growing disciplines of ‘ordinary’ theology
and ‘ordinary’ hermeneutics, and explorations of contemporary
issues in church ministry and mission. The tutors in this strand
can offer expertise and specialist support for those doing research
modules in these disciplines, as well as more general study in a
wide range of Practical and Empirical Theology.
The programme is usually taught on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30,
though modules in term 3 are delivered on three Saturdays.
To be eligible for a specialist award in Theology &
Ministry, students must complete at least two taught modules (from
a choice of six) and a dissertation relevant to the subject.
Students who want a more general award may take modules from this
strand of the Religion & Public
Modules in this strand include:
MTH810: Contemporary Biblical
MTHF10: Ordinary Theology
MTHF30: Church Culture and
MTHB10: Contemporary Approaches
to Christian Theology
MTHF40: Current Issues in
Why study on this strand?
Modules in this strand may appeal to many different sorts of
- Those who have experience in theology or biblical studies who
want to explore topics in more depth, or update their knowledge in
- Those who are in, or are interested in, Christian ministry and
who want to explore particular issues in more detail or develop
their professional expertise.
- Those who might be wanting to teach religious education in
schools or higher education, and who would value particular
expertise in Christian Theology.
- Those who have an interest in studying Practical Theology for
professional development, or as preparation for research in this
Although some qualification in theology is helpful, we do accept
people who have studied other subjects at undergraduate level and
who have experience in Christian ministry. It is not necessary to
be in ministry practice to engage fully with modules in this