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Master of Theology

Course Programme

The Master of Theology is a one year full-time (two or three years part-time) programme designed for graduates with a 2.1 honours degree in Theology.  The Master of Theology degree allows students to shape the degree around their own interests, normally within one theological discipline.

 On completion of studies each student on the MTh programme is expected to have

  1. developed a specialised understanding of a theological area chosen under the guidance of a supervisor;
  2. demonstrated evidence of wide and independent reading;
  3. developed research skills through engaging in an extended supervised dissertation

Module Structure & Content

The first part of the programme consists of four taught modules. One of these is a compulsory Study Skills Module. There is no predetermined syllabus for the other three modules. Students work out their module content in consultation with their supervisor.

The modules are designed to enable the student to do preliminary research under the guidance of their supervisor on topics that will be relevant to the eventual dissertation. The modules are normally assessed by the submission of a series of class papers.

The four modules are followed by a 20,000 dissertation on a subject chosen by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor.

Students who do not have a degree in Theology but who have a 2.1 honours degree in another subject may use the Graduate Diploma as an 'access' programme for the MTh (60% grade will normally be required in at least five of the six GradDip modules). The degree may be awarded simpliciter or with distinction (for which is required a 70% average in the four modules and also in the dissertation).

Entry Requirements & Prerequisites

Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a 2.1 honours degree in Theology (or Divinity) of this University or another approved university or institution.

Students who hold a good honours degree in a subject other than Theology may be admitted to the MTh on prior completion to an appropriate standard of the Graduate Diploma in Theology. Normally a mark of 60% will be expected in at least five of the six Graduate Diploma modules. For Graduate Diploma click here.