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Systematic and Philosophical Theology by Distance Learning MA

Systematic and Philosophical Theology by Distance Learning MA

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Distance without attendance


24 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Systematic Theology Philosophy

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

Do you want to:

  • explore the meaning of Christian teaching?
  • investigate the implications of Christian belief?
  • delve into the relationship between Christianity and philosophy?

Systematic and philosophical theology looks at claims about:

  • God
  • creation and salvation
  • the nature of the Church
  • human identity and ethics
  • and many other ideas at the heart of Christian theology.

In particular you will examine:

  • the Christian theological tradition from the early church to the present
  • Christianity's engagement with philosophy
  • the relationship between faith and reason
  • the task of theology in the twenty-first century.

Many students are already established in their careers when they begin this degree, and undertake the programme for professional enhancement and enrichment. Others pursue it for reasons of personal interest.

It is also ideal preparation for a PhD, allowing you to develop knowledge and research skills essential to higher level study.

Most students complete this course in 2 years. Under some circumstances, you may be able to change your course duration. You will need to discuss this with your course director. Please note, if you are in receipt of a Student Finance England loan, a mid-course change may affect your payments.

Graduate destinations

Our successful students travel on many different paths from the clergy and teaching professions to the IT, welfare and housing sectors.


This is your opportunity to create independent research on a subject of your own choosing. You'll agree a subject area and title with the course co-ordinator. You'll then complete a 12-15,000 word dissertation with expert support and guidance from your supervisor.

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Entry requirements

2:1 or above (or its international equivalent) in theology and/or religious studies. We may also accept a related subject such as philosophy or history. Students entering the programme from a humanities discipline other than theology may be required to take the module 'Systematic and Philosophical Theology for Newcomers'. We recognise that people come to theology and religious studies by a variety of routes and are happy to consider other qualifications and experience.

University information

The University of Nottingham is a pioneering institution with a long and distinguished heritage in education. It is a research-intensive university, and a superb place to study for a postgraduate qualification. It offers excellent teaching and learning facilities and a wide network of professional partnership organisations offering plenty of career opportunities. Taught and research courses are available in a wide range of subject areas and...more

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