Heythrop College, University of London

Course Introduction

The course integrates theory and practice, theology and experience, faith and action; it is suitable for those in, or preparing for, ministry in the Christian churches, whether ordained or not; it is also relevant for teachers, counsellors, therapists, health care professionals or those in the legal profession; the course promotes reflection on the relationships between faith, humanity, experience, practice, professional and working life, church, culture, social context and theology, taking account of different traditions; through honing skills of analysis and reflection, it develops students' capacity for ongoing systematic theological reflection on experience, pastoral ministry and the specific situations of their life and work; several of the academic staff contribute to an introductory foundation module, which includes a guidance session on essay writing; there is a second compulsory module, and students then have an opportunity to choose from a range of options; these cover topics in the Bible, Church, ministry, liturgy, spirituality, evangelisation, religious life, social context; you can explore different approaches to practical theology and different disciplines, such as sociology of religion and political and liberation theology; not all modules may be available every year, but details of what is expected to be available over a two year period are published at the start of the programme; from time to time new modules are introduced and changes made to what is on offer.

Course Modules

Modules include: Foundations of pastoral theology; religion. Optional modules: mission and ministry; the bible in the life of the church; theology of religious life; modern theologies of liturgy; applicants can include a choice from another ma programme, by agreement; dissertation.

Course Additional Entry

An Honours degree or equivalent, in an appropriate subject. It is not essential for the 1st degree to be in philosophy or theology; for applicants whose 1st language is not English, the College requires: IELTS score of at least 6.5, with no less than 6.5 in each of listening, speaking, reading and writing; TOEFL internet based test score of 92 with no less than 23 in each of listening, speaking, reading and writing; Pearson Test of English Academic score of 60 overall with no less than 55 in any component.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £11,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £4,500  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,725  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £2,350  Academic year. First year home fees