This Masters degree offers a broad range of modules for those who have a bachelor's degree or graduate diploma in theology. It gives students the opportunity to go deeper into the critical study of Biblical, historical, pastoral and practical theology, as well as engaging in a long piece of independent research.
The modules over the two years are:
Old Testament Interpretation
with Dr Matt Lynch
This module offers a survey of critical issues and themes in Old Testament historical, prophetic and legal texts and some in-depth analysis of key primary texts. There is consideration of the ways in which these texts can nurture contemporary Christian practice and students' development as disciples, ministers and leaders in the Church and in the public sphere.
with Dr Lucy Peppiatt
This module takes students deeper into the engagement of belief and practice in the Church. It provides the opportunity for reflection on the importance of key doctrines of the Christian faith to Church life and practice, and gives students the opportunity for a short assessed presentation.
Paul in Contemporary Theological Perspective
with Dr Tony Cummins
This module undertakes an analysis of Paul’s theology, focusing on his message concerning God’s covenantal and creation-wide relationship with his people, humanity and the world.
Kingdom Ministry: Theology & Practice
with Dr Steve Holmes
This module explores the theology and practice of a variety of contemporary renewal movements, in the search for a theology of renewal and best practice for ministry in the power of the Spirit. Throughout there is consideration of the ways in which dialogue with other traditions could be mutually enriching.
MA Research Dissertation
The dissertation gives students the opportunity to explore their own theological interests. A topic is chosen in discussion with the module tutors and is based on guided, but largely independent, research.
To join the course a bachelor's degree or graduate diploma in theology is required.
- Complete the online application form.
- We will contact your referees.
- Upon the receipt of satisfactory references, and everything else being in order, we will make you an offer.
- Upon being made an offer, you may secure your place by paying a £250 non-refundable deposit (which is deducted from your first fee payment). We suggest your do this promptly as the most popular Hubs have maximum intakes.
Each year you will attend two residential teaching sessions which are in-depth periods where students come together for a few days to focus on the core course teaching. The cost of Residentials, including food and accommodation, is included in the course fees.
Hub Teaching Days
There are three Saturday teaching days in your local Hubs.
A rich variety of resources are available on the WTC’s online learning website, MyWTC. This includes articles, lecture notes, recorded lectures and other resources.
For the 2013/14 academic year the tuition fees are are £3,100. WTC offer a bursary of £200 towards a student's fees, so the cost of the year can be reduced to £2,900. This fee includes half the dissertation fee (second half is paid in year 2). For more information about the fees, please click here.
The fees include:
- Residential teaching sessions
- Teaching in local Hubs
- Access to library in local Hubs and other university libraries across the UK
- Access to study resources and the Hub and online
- University registration
Other costs you may need to consider which are not included in the fees are as follows:
- Your personal living expenses throughout the year
- Travel to and from Residential sessions
Travel to and from the Hub location
Any books you may wish to purchase
We recognise that the courses represent a significant expense for many people. As such, we recommend that those who have difficulty funding themselves explore a number of available options for raising finance:
Your church: it may be that your church are willing to make a contribution to help with some or all of your fees. It is always worth asking. It may also be worth approaching individuals or couples within your church.
Sponsorship: if you have links with local charities it may be worth approaching them regarding sponsorship. There are also some grant trusts who offer support for theology students. This website: www.turn2us.org.uk provides details of bodies who may be able to support you.
Grants and Awards for UK Students: some local education authorities in the UK offer financial assistance. See this website for details: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/AdultLearning/FinancialHelpForAdultLearners/index.htm
Dates & FAQs
Two 4-day residential teaching blocks per year where all WTC students across the UK gather together:
- 28-31 August 2013
- 3-6 January 2014
Three Saturdays in your local Hub:
- 9th November 2013
- 1st March 2014
- 5th April 2014
The course is assessed by the submission of essays and a 16-20,000 long dissertation.
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