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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Religious Studies

Course type


Course Summary


Explore the central role of theological ideas within public debates

Our MA in Public Theology will develop and enhance your skills as a theologian, as you reflect on and engage with contemporary cultural, social and political issues.

We will support you to build on your current expertise and knowledge so that you can more effectively lead your local community in discipleship, witness and growth.

You will investigate the central role of theological ideas in public debates through an exciting and diverse range of modules that will allow you to explore contemporary issues and questions in depth.

You will be taught through your attendance at three-day schools in August, January and May, which are followed by a series of assessment tasks.

The MA is studied part-time by following a two-year taught module programme followed by a one-year dissertation module.

The Course

Explore major questions and concepts around religion

We believe that theological reflection has a fundamental role to play in the life of our churches and our society. and we are committed to developing the skills of practitioners in local churches, be they clergy or laity.

We offer extensive support, especially for those returning to study after a long period.

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of internationally-recognised research staff

Allocated teaching days

Teaching is delivered in three school blocks a year; each of which lasts for three days.

You may either visit the University of Chichester on a daily basis or, if you live further away, we can help you find suitable accommodation if required.

You will learn by attending our allocated academic days; our three-days schooling programmes. We offer extensive support, especially for those returning to study after a long period, meaning you will the confidence in your academic skills to fully explore your ideas.


This module helps you develop a theologically informed mission strategy for your local ministerial context. You will explore the contemporary religious context in Western society, as you use the work of important sociologists of religion to examine current issues and debates within mission theology. The module will then focus on the theological and practical issues likely to shape local mission strategies, which you can then apply to your own ministerial context.

Tuition fees

UK fees
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For this course (overall cost)


International fees
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Entry requirements

Students need to have experience working in a ministerial or theological context; Have a university theological qualification or a good honours degree in a humanities subject together with experience in a church context; Attend an interview.

University information

The University of Chichester has two campuses: one in the centre of Chichester, a charming and historic town, and the other close to the sea in Bognor Regis. The University offers both taught and research degrees at postgraduate level, with many of the courses offering work placements during the year. There is a vast range of academic departments to choose from, including Business, Dance, Humanities, Music, Sport and Theatre. Both sites –...more

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