MTh Christian Theology
Theology is one of the broadest and most comprehensive fields of study. Though it is sometimes assumed to be a discipline reserved for clergy, in reality, theology addresses questions that are ultimately of interest to everyone. Why do we exist? What is the good life, and how can we live it? Is there a God? And if there is a God, what is God like?
Theology asks the biggest of all human questions in order to better understand our every-day lives. In a sense, then, what makes theology unique as a discipline is that it is a conversation that is intended to be about everything. And students in theology at UWTSD will have the opportunity to study everything – everything from history and philosophy to hermeneutical theory and sociology, to culture and ethics.
The MTh programme in Christian Theology allows students to explore the big questions of human existence through engagement with the teachings and traditions of the Christian church. But the programme as a whole is broad-minded and open to people of all religious persuasions.
The programme is delivered as a full-time and part-time programme of study for distance learners. All module content is available through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and students will be supported throughout their studies through regular access to their module tutors, either one to one (by email, skype, phone), in groups (using media such as Skype), or via VLE module discussion forums or wikis.
Part I — 6 Taught Modules
3 Compulsory modules
- Study Skills — assists you in acquiring the basic skills necessary to become a successful researcher.
- The Trinity — surveys the history and concepts that are central to one of the most distinctive and controversial doctrines of the Christian faith.
- The Resurrection of Jesus and the Christian Hope - enables students to evaluate the Christian doctrine of salvation in light of the death and resurrection of Christ, as well as assess critically the Christian teaching about hope. [this module will be replaced in 2018/19 by a new module called "Christology" which examines the development of Christian belief about the person and work of Jesus Christ through some of the most influential writings in the Christian tradition.]
3 Optional Modules
- Students choose 3 modules from a range of offerings in Theology, Biblical Interpretation, or Church History
- Options include The Resurrection of Jesus and the Christian Hope; Paul and His Letters; The Reformation; or Christianity, Culture and Society in 20th Century Britain.
- Students can also select a module from a different MA/MTh programme of the Faculty as one of the optional modules
We are developing new (additional) modules that will be offered in 2019/20 for the first time.
Part II — Academic Dissertation
- 15,000 word dissertation under the guidance of a seasoned academic with a proven record of research in the field of Christian theology.
- Whether your goal is to develop the beginnings for further doctoral research, or just to indulge a curiosity, the dissertation provides you the chance to develop and explore your own research interests.
- UWTSD is home to the oldest faculty of Theology and Religious Studies in Wales, established in 1822.
- The University boasts a vibrant and very active postgraduate research culture, particularly in the study of Theology and Religion.
- The University is also very active in Interfaith Studies.
- The MTh in Christian Theology is delivered as a full-time and part-time programme of study for distance learners.
- All module content is available through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
- Students are supported throughout their studies with multi-media access to module tutors in group settings and one-to-one meetings.
- Participate in local research seminars and engage with other research students at our annual residential summer school for postgraduates in July.
Assessment is usually based on written work in the form of long and short essays, reports, book reviews and reflective pieces.
Normally the entry requirement for this programme is a first class or upper second class undergraduate degree. In addition, we encourage students with an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience to apply.
A non-graduate may also be admitted to candidature provided that she/he has gained a minimum of three years professional experience relevant and appropriate to the programme and they can demonstrate a satisfactory level of writing /analytical skills.
The programme has been designed to attract students interested in developing both their generic and their subject-specific skills. It offers opportunities for students who have recently graduated to move on to work at level 7 in their specialist field of study and help prepare them for careers in education, ministry and research.
- Refine your research skills
- Sharpen your ability to reason critically and analytically
- Expand your knowledge of history and religion
- Explore the development and inner logic of the Christian faith
- Specialise in a dimension of theological studies
- Develop a plan for further doctoral research
- Aquire a qualification to teach
- Any with interest in Christian studies or Theology
- Educators instructing in history or religious education
- Training ministers and leaders within the Christian Church
- Aspiring professional academics and researchers
We welcome international students to apply to our programmes. If your first language is not English, we will require you to have achieved a minimum of 6.0 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each component of reading, writing, listening and speaking in an IELTS English language test, or equivalent.