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Theology (PgCert)

Course Aims

The Postgraduate Certificate Theology is a postgraduate qualification which engages in critical theological reflection upon professional practice. It is available in four different Pathways:

  • Practical Theology
  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Doctrine
  • Church History

It is expected that most of the students undertaking the course will be involved in some kind of ministry, whether on a full- or part-time basis. It is equally available and relevant to laity and clergy alike.

The formal aim of the course is to improve the competence of practitioners so they can make a better contribution within their ministry. It also provides an opportunity for exploring present and future training and educational needs within professional development.

Course Description

Students take a total of 60 credits of modules, consisting of:

  • 20 credits of core skills modules
  • 40 credits of modules from one of four Pathways (selected by the student)

Studied full-time, the Postgraduate Certificate is an excellent ‘sabbatical’ programme. Within the four month period of September to December, you will complete three modules of study, while also having time for personal reflection. It is particularly suited for a clergy sabbatical, where accommodation at St Michael’s college creates a congenial, collegiate atmosphere combining academic, personal and spiritual development. We will do everything possible to make the particular options of interest to you available, but we cannot guarantee this. Having completed this programme, you then have the option of taking the qualification or of continuing with the Postgraduate Diploma or MTh in part-time mode.

Teaching is delivered on Fridays: part-time students will normally attend on four Fridays in each of the two semesters; full-time for eight Fridays in one semester. Part-time students should expect to have another day a week available during the academic year for reading, preparation for sessions, and for writing assessment. Full-time students will need 35 hours a week for the one semester. The teaching style for any particular session varies widely, but includes lectures, seminars, student presentations, and free discussion.

Though not offered as a designated module, support and training for advanced study of the biblical languages is offered via the Independent Learning Project.

Available Modules

Core Module (compulsory for all four Pathways):

  • Research Methods for Theology

Practical Theology Pathway:

Students take the first and then one more of the following option modules:

  • Principles of Practical Theology
  • Continuity and Change: Mission in Contemporary Society
  • Faith, Belief and Spirituality
  • Contemporary Theologies of Mission
  • Bible in Ministry
  • Independent Learning Project
  • Critical Reflection on Practice

Biblical Studies Pathway:

Students take the first and then one more of the following option modules:

  • Hermeneutics and Critical Method
  • New Testament in Social Perspective
  • Exegesis of Biblical Texts: Romans
  • Out of Babylon: Old Testament Theology
  • The Horrors we Bless: Old Testament Texts
  • Independent Learning Project

Christian Doctrine Pathway:

Students take the first and then one more of the following option modules:

  • Hermeneutics and Critical Method
  • Contours of Christian Theology
  • Theology and Biography
  • Theologies of Liberation
  • Independent Learning Project

Church History Pathway:

Students take one of the following option modules:

  • Church History I (40 credits)
  • Church History II (40 credits)

 Special Features

  • Facilitates a flexible programme of study geared towards the individual student.
  • Draws on internationally-recognised expertise in Christianity which is sensitive to current issues in the public eye.
  • Small student-focussed tutorials rather than formal lectures.
  • Provides a subject-specific introduction to postgraduate study skills.
  • Enables professional development needs for reflective learning.

Entry Requirements

The programme is suitable for graduates in Theology and/or Religious Studies. Though primarily aimed at people engaged in Christian Ministry (in its widest understanding), laity or ordained ministers of religion alike, members of some other professional groups - e.g. nursing, medicine – will find it equally valuable.

Applicants should normally possess or expect to obtain a First or Upper Second class UK Honours degree, or equivalent. However, significant experience of ministry can also be taken into account.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Contact Information

Name: Ms Ffion Williams

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2056 8007

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Name: Dr John Wilks

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