University of Roehampton

Course Introduction

This MA is designed for lay and ordained Christians with significant experience of working (paid or volunteer) in churches, mission agencies or not-for-profit organisations (faith-based or secular), enabling you to engage theologically and strategically with the contemporary world. The course will provide you with the opportunity to integrate biblical, theological and empirical studies in the context of Christian spirituality. The aim is to engage faithfully and practically with existing and emerging challenges to Christian ministry and mission in the twenty-first century.

Students on this course become highly learned and educated professionals capable of providing intellectual leadership in, and adapting to the needs of, contemporary churches. You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the contribution that theological and biblical studies can make to the effective provision of Christian ministry in the community, and be equipped with the knowledge and critical skills to bring advanced academic expertise to professional work in church and ministerial practice.

The course will provide you with an integrated framework for theology and biblical studies in the context of Christian ministry and mission, which you can use to transform your ministerial practice. You will also develop the critical faculties of analytic and research skills, to enable you to create and interpret new knowledge in theological and ministerial studies, and extend the reach of the discipline in society. Students of this course include ordained ministers wanting to pursue continuing ministerial education (CME), and lay Christians seeking careers as practitioners in faith-based or secular organisations. Students may go on to pursue further academic study. Students can also exit with PGDip award.

Start Date:

The study period is between 2-3 years.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees
3 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a good second-class honours degree (or above) or a Graduate Diploma in theology, religious studies, theology and religious studies, biblical studies or education (theology/religious studies). Significant experience of working in churches, mission agencies, or not-for-profit organizations is a vital requirement to be considered for the MA or PGD in Christian Ministry.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band; TOEFL Internet Based Test: Overall: 89, Reading: 18, Writing: 17, Listening: 17, Speaking: 20; Pearson Test of English: 59 overall with no less than 51 in any band; Cambridge Proficiency Certificate: Overall : 176, Listening : 162, Reading : 162, Speaking : 162, Writing : 162; Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Overall : 169, Listening : 162, Reading : 162, Speaking : 162, Writing : 162.