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The Master of Arts in Integrative Theology is a unique MA programme that seeks to foster a holistic approach to doing theology which rejuvenates the study and practice of Christian theology for Church and world.
We do so by aiming to form more holistic practitioners of theology by means of (1) the integration of the commonly recognised sources of theological knowledge: the programme prioritises the Bible (Scripture), recognises the historical construction of Christian belief (Tradition), the importance of considered, critical thought (Reason), the role of experience (Experience) and the witness of the living community of faith (the Church) as it proclaims the Gospel and makes disciples.
The programme also pursues the holistic doing of theology be means of (2) the integration of the theological sub-disciplines that are often studied as islands in themselves. We do so by seeking to bring into mutually enriching dialogue disciplines such as Biblical interpretation and theology, Systematic theology, Historical theology and Practical theology.
This programme is for you if:
- You are a theology graduate seeking an innovated and flexible Masters-level qualification in theology;
- You are contemplating PhD level work in theology or a related discipline and you are seeking a great foundation for doctoral research;
- You are involved in ministry and are looking for a path of lifelong learning that will enhance your service;
- You have never formally studied theology but wish to integrate your professional and personal interests with theological understanding.
The MA Integrative Theology (180 credits) consists of two core modules (40 credits each), two optional modules (20 credits each) and a final dissertation (60 credits). The first core module will introduce you to an integrative approach to theology, and the second will demonstrate how an integrative approach to theology can be fruitfully applied to the person and work of Jesus Christ. The optional modules focus on a range of topics (see below). Your dissertation can be undertaken in the area of your options or on some other topic relevant to integrative theology.
- Post Graduate Diploma Integrative Theology (60 credits) consists of the two core modules and two optional modules
- Post Graduate Certificate Integrative Theology (60 credits) consists of the first core module and one optional module
What You Will Study
This programme consists of three parts: two core modules (40 credits each), two optional modules (20 credits each), and a 15,000-word dissertation(60 credits).
The two core modules that form the heart of the programme are:
- Integrative Theology: Key Sources for Christian Theology
This first core module introduces students to ‘integrative theology’ understood mainly as methodology for doing Christian theology (an inner-theological approach) but also as way of applying or integrating Christian theology to other disciplines (an interdisciplinary approach). Through an engagement with the sources or influences of theology (Scripture, tradition, reason, experience and community), this module will enable students to develop critically their own approach to doing theology for the Church and Christian life in and for the world.
- Integrative Theological Method Applied: Christology and Theological Method
This second core module aims to provide students with the opportunity to apply their developing understand of integrative theology method to the person of Christ (Christology) in light of Scripture’s witness to Christ, the witness of the great Christian tradition to Christ and to other important areas to which the Church must bring Christ to bear.
There is a range of optional modules to choose from including:
- The Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts and Paul
- The Gospel of Mark
- Trinitarian Personhood
- Social Justice 1: Biblical Themes
- Social Justice 2: Contemporary Issues
- Christian Worship
- Issues in Contemporary Christian Worship
In normal circumstances students will be required to have at least a UK BA Honours degree at 2:1 level (or equivalent) as well as the necessary English language ability. A qualification in Theology is not required.
Full-time students are expected to commit around 40 hours per week to study. For students studying on campus, seminars will take place one day a week.
Part-time students are expected to be able to commit around 20 hours per week to their studies. Part-time study is only available online.
Full-time students are expected to complete the MA in 1 year. Part-time students are expected to complete the MA in either 2 or 3 years.