The MA in Digital Theology is the first degree of its kind across the world offering a unique opportunity for theological reflection on digital culture and its impact on contemporary religious practice – especially within the context of Christianity. The programme prepares men and women for ministry and mission in a digital age. This course is subject to validation by Liverpool Hope University.
Topics explored during the course include:
- how we think theologically about digital culture and how we might apply digital methodologies to our theological thinking
- how key theological themes are impacted by serious engagement with digitality – what do we mean by incarnation in a digital world; how do we live ethically amidst digital technology; might transhumanism be a form of apocalypticism?
- how religious practice adapts within a dominant digital culture, especially digitally mediated Christianity and what the boundaries to that adaptation are.
The course can be either full-time over two years or part-time over four years.. The units will be taught through intensive teaching blocks, at Spurgeon’s College’s historic campus in London, combined with online seminars.
The core units are taught by the staff of the Centre for Digital Theology (formerly CODEC Research Centre), which has for over a decade been a pioneering research centre in the nexus between Christianity and digitality. Within the MADT there are four components:
Two core units:
- Digital Theology (30 credits)
- Digitally Mediated Christianity (30 credits)
Two short methodology units:
- Theological Enquiry and Interpretation (15 credits)
- Theological Research (15 credits)
Optional unit (30 credits) selected from Spurgeon’s College’s provision, including:
- Preaching – Theology and Practice
- Biblical Literacy in a Media Culture
- Studying Christian Theology
- Reading and Using the Bible
- Contemporary Issues in Theology
- Christian Spirituality
Dissertation (60 credits)
Assessment takes place through a variety of means such as essays, reflections, textual analyses, oral presentations, and contributions to online media such as wikis or blogs, totalling approximately 6000 words or equivalent per unit. There are no examinations.
The second part of the course consists of a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words; students must complete the first part of the course before proceeding to the dissertation. The dissertation is expected to provide evidence of a person’s analytical, evaluative and creative abilities. The dissertation will be on a topic of your choice which builds on your study from Part One.
- A good second class honour degree in Theology or Religious Studies (at least 55%)
- Graduates in other disciplines and with experience of Theology or Religious Studies to at least Certificate level (with marks at merit or higher) may also be admitted to the programme
- Suitably qualified mature students who have undertaken formal academic study to a similar level in non-accredited courses may also be admitted to the programme with the agreement of the Admissions Committee
- A score of 7 or over on the ILETS test for non-native English speakers
Students who complete 60 credits can obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Theology; students who complete 120 credits can receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Theology.
The course fee is £8500 including an £850 registration fee.
For more details see the programme specification.
“The content, structure and flexibility of the MA in Digital Theology is assisting me in my ministry and the regular supervision and the delight of exchanging ideas with fellow students by learning from their own contexts are all aspects of part-time study that I am valuing immensely. What is great about digital culture is that it challenges us all over again on how to be properly human. I have experienced how this is a well-run course, and with the benefit of a study day, it has brought energy and creativity to my ministry and pushed my thinking further than it would have gone without it.” Rev. Craig Philbrick