Heythrop College, University of London

Course Introduction

This course provides an opportunity to examine the spiritual traditions of Christianity in their historical and contemporary forms, and to develop the ability to understand and evaluate the language, ideas and forms of Christian spirituality; the focus is on Christianity in its western development; the opening module, foundations for the study of spirituality, provides a foundation for the interdisciplinary academic study of spirituality; it looks critically at definitions of spirituality, investigates the theoretical issues surrounding religious experience and introduces methods for the academic study of spirituality, including how to read spiritual texts; students apply such methods to a spiritual classic text; options allows students to follow certain personal interests.

Course Modules

Modules include: Foundations for the study of Christian spirituality. Optional modules: patterns of spiritual growth and personal transformation; the Franciscan spiritual tradition; spiritual direction in the tradition of Ignatius of Loyola; spirituality and society.

Course Additional Entry

A 1st or 2nd class Honours degree, or equivalent, either in Theology or in another subject appropriate to the study of Christian spirituality; 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 Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £5,725  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £2,350  Academic year. First year home fees