This course can be started either in January or September.
This is a course for those engaged in ministry and mission in any denomination. It will offer you the opportunity for advanced reflection on your practice and transformative learning in the light of current theological thinking. You will be stimulated through dialogue with your peers and experienced practitioners. The course is taught entirely online, so you will study in your own environment. Each of the six units of study begins with a short intensive teaching period, followed by occasional seminars and tutorials.
The Master of Ministry is delivered entirely online.
The course is taken part-time over three years. It consists of six units of study of 30 credits each, of which two are studied per year. It begins with a core unit on Theological Foundations for Ministry and Mission and ends with a Reflection Project allowing students to reflect in depth on a situation in ministry or an aspect of their practice. The remaining four units can be chosen from options available at the time, as listed below. The units allow for a focus on both traditional and pioneering forms of Christian ministry. They build on the expertise and experience of staff and the needs of the ecclesial communities to which the College is affiliated. There is no dissertation.
- Theological Foundations for Ministry and Mission
- Reflection Project
Initial Optional Units (offered according to staffing and take-up numbers):
- Enterprise and innovation for Mission
- Nomadic faith: spiritual migration, deconstruction and emergence
- Disciple-making Disciples
- Multicultural Churches
- Ethics and the Christian Community
- Preaching – Theology and Practice
- Preaching as a Congregational Event
- Learning from Great Preachers
- Black Theology and Social Justice
- Christian Spirituality
Assessment takes place through a variety of means including a mixture of essays, reflections, textual analyses, oral presentations, and contributions to online media such as wikis or blogs, totalling approximately 6000-7000 words or equivalent per unit. There are no examinations.
- A good second class honours degree in Theology or Religious Studies (at least 55%)
- Candidates with a qualification in Theology or Religious Studies at Diploma level may be admitted to the Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry with the agreement of the Admissions Committee. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate they will be permitted to enrol on the Master of Ministry.
- A minimum of two years’ experience in Christian ministry or mission, for which a period of training has been completed at least two years prior to the start of the course.
- Advanced Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) may be considered as equivalent, or partly equivalent (up to 90 credits), to these entry requirements for candidates who do not meet the normal threshold but have relevant experience.
- A score of 7 or over on the IELTS test for non-UK citizen and/or non-native English speakers
Students who complete 60 credits (=two units of study over one year) can obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry; students who complete 120 credits (=four units of study over two years) can receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry.
The course fee is £8500 including an £850 registration fee.