Chaplaincy Studies MA

The MA Chaplaincy Studies is intended for those working or interested in chaplaincy, who aspires to develop their knowledge and practice in this area. Modules on this award are taught in blocks on residentially twice a year; students can also select modules from the Theology & Ministry MA. Study on this award is part time and it takes two - four years to complete the full MA. This award is not available to international students.

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Course fees
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Course structure

MA Chaplaincy Studies Programme Specification (PDF, 80.5kB)

All students who complete the MA must complete four 30-credit taught modules and 60-credit dissertation of 12k words. Students may exit the programme with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits from two taught modules) or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits from four taught modules).

The programme can be complete in two to four years of part-time study, with taught modules are delivered in residential blocks over three days.

Taught Modules

Taught modules will introduce you to relevant ideas and key theoretical frameworks, exposing you to current research, and helping you to develop independence of thought and self-directed learning. Teaching will involve some lecturing but also extended discussions and debates.

Research Modules

Research modules will be supervised by someone with knowledge in the topic. This kind of teaching offers in-depth individual tutoring that will guide your work on a particular research project.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


In addition to the University’s general entry criteria for postgraduate study, you must have:

An upper second-class or first class honours degree (or equivalent). This can be in any subject, though priority will be given to students with degrees in humanities and especially in theology or religious studies.

Applicants with a lower second-class degree and knowledge of theology and/or religious studies may be accepted on to the programme following an interview. This includes applicants who may have a lower second-class degree in another subject area and who have evidence of having studied theology or religious studies at certificate or diploma level (for example as part of ministry training).

International Students

If your first language is not English, you need to take an IELTS test or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University (see University requirements). You must pass at 6.5 or higher in all four aspects of the test (listening, reading, speaking and writing).

Note: This award is not available to international students who require a study visa.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

For a breakdown on part-time module fees for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students, visit the part-time fees & funding webpages for more information.

Postgraduate Loan: A new Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay for your Master’s course for students commencing in the 2016/17 academic year. Find out more about the postgraduate loan.

Overseas 2016 / 17

Due to immigration laws, International Students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about Visa requirements and Short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration webpages.

How to Apply

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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