Theology & Ministry MA

The MA in Theology and Ministry is a flexible programme with an emphasis on contemporary expressions of religion and practical theology. This is an ideal programme for a wide range of students whether in Christian ministry or not.

York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018 Full-time Home & EU students: £3,500, International (non EU) students: £10,000 per annum
Full-time & Part-time options available

Course overview

This is a flexible programme that allows you to study a range of subjects related to Christian theology and ministry. Although historical aspects of the Christian faith are not excluded as objects of study, the emphasis of the programme is on contemporary expressions of Christian religion and practical, rather than systematic, theology. You can study this programme if your interests are purely theoretical, but there are many opportunities to link theological study with the practice of faith and Christian ministry in particular.

The Theology & Ministry award is aimed at a wide range of students who may or may not be in Christian ministry. Modules are taught in ten evening sessions or in blocks on three Saturdays. You can complete the programme in 12 to 18 months of full-time study, though most students are part time and take two to four years.

You have a lot of flexibility to shape the content and length of study on this programme. If you are able, you can study up to two modules outside the programme from our MA Contemporary Religion, where modules are taught during the day. In addition, if you want to do an independent study or dissertation on a subject that does not fall under discipline of Theology and Ministry, you can do so and receive the award of an MA Theology & Religious Studies.

Course structure

All students who complete the MA must complete four 30-credit taught modules and 60-credit dissertation of 12k words. Students may study up to two modules from the MA Contemporary Religion, and those that wish to complete a dissertation that is not related to Christian theology or ministry may do so and receive the award of MA Theology & Religious Studies.

The programme runs on a two-year cycle, with taught modules being delivered during three terms. One module is offered in each term, with delivery in evening sessions (6.30pm - 8.30pm) in Terms 1 & 2 and on three Saturdays (9.30am - 4.00pm) in Term 3.

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).

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).

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

The tuition fee for 2017 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For part-time options, see the 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

The tuition fee for 2017 entry to this postgraduate course is £10,000 for international students.

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.

International Fees & Funding

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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