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MA Christian Ministry

The MA in Christian Ministry has been specially developed to meet the needs of Christian ministers, predominantly those working in local churches. A diverse and exciting range of modules will enhance your theological, liturgical, spiritual and pastoral skills. Your study will consistently ask what is the local and practical importance of key questions and issues. At the end of the course, in the dissertation, you will reflect theologically in depth on your own specific ministerial context.

The course is suitable for clergy and laity. There is an increasing diversity in Christian ministry and that provision is only likely to become more varied in the future. Teaching is ecumenical and would be appropriate for those ministers seeking to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of relevant theological areas. 


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Entry Requirements/Fees

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline.

You may also be required to attend an interview.

Reduced fees are available for those recommended for study by their local church authorities.

More information below. 

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Student view

The Venerable Fiona Windsor
Archdeacon of Horsham
I have found the MA in Christian Ministry immensely helpful in encouraging theological reflective practice. Undertaking an MA when you have a fully committed working life is daunting but I have found the course to be very well tailored and builds confidence from my first assignment of a 750 word blog of theological reflection of a political situation, subsequent essays and case studies leading up to the dissertation. These have all been hugely enabling. All the lecturers and staff are so helpful, positive and offer excellent feedback and advice, particularly on those days when it’s a struggle.
Engaging and undertaking the M.A has been a positive experience which has enabled my day job as an Archdeacon.
Sarah Beresford
Catholic Bible School

The MA course is a great way to improve your practice as a Christian Minister.  I have found the focused 3 day teaching blocks useful, interesting and enjoyable and incredibly practical for my diary.  There is freedom within the curriculum to be able to relate most of the teaching and assignments directly to my practice as a lay minister.

Course content

You will study a varied and exciting series of modules aimed to develop your theological skills and understanding and help you apply this new knowledge to your specific context and concerns.

The MA is studied part-time by following a two year taught module programme followed by a one year dissertation module. The taught modules are delivered at residential schools in August, January and May.

At the beginning of the course you will explore critically the methodological presumptions which underpin practical and public theology. This provides a grounding for your theological engagement with your context. Further modules may include practical theology project, spirituality, and ritual and liturgy. You may then undertake advanced study in important public theology topics such as biblical studies, ethics, pluralism and diversity, and missiology.

Year One

  • Practical and Public Theology 
  • Pluralism and Diversity
  • The Bible and Public Theology
  • Liturgy and Ritual in Contemporary Culture 

Year Two

  • Practical Theology Project
  • Christian Ethics in Contemporary Society  
  • Christian Mission in Western Sociey
  • Spirituality

Year Three

All year: Dissertation 
The final dissertation is 15,000 words.

Please note, not all modules will necessarily be available every year.

You can find out more about the MA by contacting Professor Graeme Smith and arranging an informal meeting or telephone call.

Professor Graeme Smith

University of Chichester
College Lane
PO19 6PE
Tel: 01243 816191

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered in blocks lasting 3 days. You may either visit the University daily or if you live further away accommodation will need to be arranged. We can help find suitable accommodation, including on campus. A separate fee is charged for the accommodation.

Block Teaching dates are:

Academic year 2018/19

Tuesday, August 21st – Thursday, August 23rd 2018
Tuesday, January 8th – Thursday, January 10th 2019
Tuesday, May 7th – Thursday, May 9th 2019

Academic year 2019/20

Tuesday, August 20th – Thursday, August 22nd 2019
Tuesday, January 7th – Thursday, January 9th 2020
Tuesday, May 7th – Thursday, May 9th 2020

Academic year 2020/21

Tuesday, August 18th – Thursday, August 20th 2020
Tuesday, January 5th – Thursday, January 7th 2021
Tuesday, May 11th – Thursday, May 13th 2021

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Course fees

The full rate for the MA is £640 per module which equates to £1920 per year. This is payable for each of the 3 years of study.

Reduced fees are available for those recommended for study by their local church authorities or the University of Chichester.

The reduced fee is £480 per module equating to £1440 per year for each of the three years of study.

Accommodation costs are in addition to the academic fee.