MArts (Hons) Theology
This four-year degree means that you will graduate with a Master’s level qualification, while having received four years of undergraduate funding. This Integrated Master’s programme focuses very much on independent research, offering expanded opportunities for students to pursue their own personal interests through an independent project in the second year of study, an extended independent project in the third year of study, and culminating in a Master’s level dissertation in the fourth and final year.
Master of Theology students will be able to study of the major questions of life – Where do we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? Why do bad things happen? – all of which are considered from the perspective of the Judeo-Christian traditions. This scheme will explore the sacred writings of Judaism and Christianity, as well as the teaching, practices and social impact of Christianity. Students will have the opportunity to study these traditions from historical and contemporary perspectives, building on staff specialism in biblical studies, church history, systematic theology, and religion in the modern world.
The Theology programme offers students the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of the sacred texts, history, practices and developed theology of the Judeo-Christian traditions. It familiarises students with the specifics of those religious traditions as well as enabling comparisons to be made between familiar and unfamiliar viewpoints.
The Integrated Master’s degree offers a range of modules for students to choose from.
Modules in the first year introduce theoretical frameworks which are required to study history, doctrine and sacred texts. In the second year, the modules enable students to begin to develop a degree of specialism. More in-depth and analytical study is provided in the third year, and in the fourth and final year, students gain further opportunities to participate in guided study of the particular areas of interest to them and to concentrate study on the theological disciplines.
Typical modules can include:
- Introduction to Christian Theology
- Introduction to Biblical Studies
- Word, Cross and Liberation: Aspects of Twentieth Century Theology
- Religion in Film
- Satan and his World of Darkness
- Hebrew Bible
- Sects, Self and Society: Alternative Spiritualities in the West
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme based on your favourite subjects
- Training in research methods
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Wide range of modules
- Dynamic classes exploring real world issues
- Transferable interpersonal skills
- Opportunity to develop independent research projects
- Opportunities to study abroad and to undertake volunteer work
- Taught by tutors who research and publish in their chosen fields
- Field trips and visits
- Interdisciplinary approaches to study and understanding of the past
The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following types of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.
To challenge the students beyond undergraduate level, students will pursue their own personal interests through an independent project in the second year of study, an extended independent project in the third year of study, and culminate in a Master’s dissertation in the fourth and final year.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. It will be these skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management that provide you with a passport into employment.
- Employment and careers open to you could include:
- Museum and archive work
- Chaplaincy work
- All types of administrative work
- Marketing and advertising
- Teaching/ education officer
- Fund-raising, management consultancy, research
- Race relations, community, social work, caring professions
- Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
- Postgraduate research
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is widely recognized for mobilizing its students for the world of work. An active programme of employment-related activities is offered by Student Services; the School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies regularly builds bridges for its students to employment-related activities endorsed by the University.
Each year the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is at or near the top of universities in Great Britain for the highest percentage of graduated students in work or seeking higher qualification.
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
There is an optional fieldtrip connected to a module for second and third year students to visit religious sites first hand. The Faculty subsidises this trip but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. The Faculty aims to keep the cost in the range £400-£700.
Our students enjoy the use of an excellent suite of subject-specific resources, both electronic and hard-copy at the Learning Resources Centre. All our modules are taught with the support of innovative e-learning techniques via our Virtual Learning Environment. The School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies makes great use of its VLE: we podcast and/or vidcast lectures, post PowerPoints and hand-outs and utilise the space for links, discussions and group work. Our VLE is a live forum through which students and staff can interact, through which students are able better to revise and explore difficult topics and through which students are better able to access the electronic resources available in the virtual world.
All our modules are taught by specialists and active researchers. The influence of our research on our teaching offers students the opportunity to learn from the best in the subject and follow the latest scholarly trends and discoveries, whilst our independent study modules allow you to explore your passion in its entirety. There are also opportunities available for study abroad.