MA Core Modules

Core 1: Sources and Methods in Theology (MI7601) (40 credits)

The module aims to introduce students to the sources and methods in theology so that students can begin to develop their own construction of a theological method that can be used in various ways throughout the programme. Furthermore, students will enter into dialogue with other theological methods and traditions in order to develop critical knowledge, skills and understanding that can inform their own developing method.

Core 2: Dissertation Research and Design (MT7400) (20 credits)

This module aims to develop critical skills involved in the planning and writing of a dissertation in theological studies. More specifically, the module aims to develop skills of academic writing and research, including selecting appropriate literature, using appropriate style conventions and developing an argument. Finally, the module aims to develop skills for producing a dissertation proposal.

Core 3: Dissertation (MI7401) (60 credits)

This module provides students the opportunity for intensive and detailed research-based study of their chosen topic within the context of theology or a related discipline and under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor. This module is the sequel to the Dissertation Research Skills and Design module in which research methods and design are examined and a dissertation proposal is developed. The dissertation is a 15,000 word piece of work that serves as the capstone of the MA programme.

MA Optional Modules

MA students choose three options among the following list:

*Please note that optional modules are subject to availability each year.

Trinitarian Personhood (MI7201) (Theological sub-discipline: Systematic Theology)

The module aims to develop an understanding of both the historical and theological development of the doctrine of the Trinity in its Eastern and Western forms as well as contemporary issues concerning this doctrine and develop skills in constructing a specifically Trinitarian understanding of personhood in order to address contemporary issues surrounding human personhood.

Christology Ancient and Modern (MT7603) (Theological sub-discipline: Systematic Theology)

This module aims to explore historical and theological developments and varieties of Christology within and beyond the church. Further, it aims to develop skills in constructing a reasoned Christological position and to consider contemporary issues concerning this doctrine (notably, perspectival contexts, and creation science).

Contemporary Ecclesiology (MI7309) (Theological sub-discipline: Systematic Theology)

This module aims to enable students to acquire in depth knowledge of contemporary Christian ecclesiology and critical skills to evaluate a number of different approaches, including ideal, concrete, digital and global perspectives. In particular, it invites the students to position themselves within the literature and construct their own independent perspective on aspects of contemporary ecclesiology. This may include reflecting critically on their own particular context.

The Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts and Paul (MI7007) (Theological sub-discipline: Biblical Studies)

This module aims to analyse and compare the contributions of Luke-Acts and Paul to the central issues of New Testament pneumatology and to enable students to relate relevant findings of the New Testament to understandings of the Spirit’s work arising from different Christian traditions, communities, and experiences.

The Gospel of Mark (MI7005) (Theological sub-discipline: Biblical Studies)

This module aims to enable students to appreciate and understand one Biblical text that forms the very foundation of Christian theology and theological method; extend students’ skills in interpreting passages from this text and communicating their findings in a group environment; enable students to synthesise themes and trajectories across the primary text and beyond; and to encourage and enable students to apply both their critical skills in appraising arguments and theories relate to the Gospel of Mark and theological issues therein.

Social Justice: Biblical Themes (MI7301) (Theological sub-discipline: Theological ethics)

The module aims to enable students to draw on biblical resources to understand, appreciate, and engage critically a range of social issues which the church has addressed over the Christian era. It also seeks to enable students to develop a critical understanding of theological methods for engaging issues of social justice throughout the world and deepen the student’s appreciation of the biblical and theological resources for addressing social justice issues.

Social Justice: Current Issues (MI7303) (Theological sub-discipline: Theological ethics)

This module aims to engage critically with world of social, intercultural, intersectional, and political issues through the lens of Christian Scripture, Christian tradition, Philosophy, Interdisciplinary studies, Experience, Culture and Community, to enter into critical dialogue with churches and agencies as they respond to the challenge of social justice in the world, to create policy and position statements in relation to issues of social justice.

Christian Worship (MI7801) (Theological sub-discipline: Theology of Worship)

This module aims to enable students to develop an understanding of how Scripture and theology inform dimensions of Christian worship; extend students’ understanding of the discipline of liturgical theology with specific reference to trends in the field and to deepen students’ appreciation of Christian ritual and the ways in which it functions in the life of communities of believers.

Issues in Contemporary Christian Worship (MI7803) (Theological sub-discipline: Theology of Worship)

This module aims to enable students to apply critically their understanding of worship to the study of specific issues, both theoretical and practical, relating to worship in its contemporary context; analyse and appraise contemporary trends in worship and current debates in this field of study; and develop reflective skills that quip them to move between theory and practice in evaluating their experiences of corporate worship.

Post-Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

(180 credits)

The PGCert programme:

PG Cert Core Module

Core 1: Sources and Methods in Theology (MI7601) (40 credits)

The module aims to introduce students to the sources and methods in theology so that students can begin to develop their own construction of a theological method that can be used in various ways throughout the programme. Furthermore, students will enter into dialogue with other theological methods and traditions in order to develop critical knowledge, skills and understanding that can inform their own developing method.

PG Cert Optional Module

PG students choose one option from the options listed above.

*Please note that optional modules are subject to availability each year.