Taught course

Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy

ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) · Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for postgraduate courses at Cambridge Theological Federation (CTF) is a first- or good second-class honours degree in a relevant subject. Examples would include Ethics, Philosophy, Theology, or other related subjects.

The CTF will also consider graduates in other disciplines who may also be admitted to the programme on a case-by-case basis. The CTF will also take seriously, on a case-by-case basis, applications from candidates without an appropriate undergraduate degree who can demonstrate significant relevant experience, such as in professional or ministerial roles, especially for candidates who have not had the opportunity to engage in formal higher education before.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by the House they have applied to. The CTF reserves the right not to admit applicants who do not satisfactorily demonstrate their motivation or ability to fit into the learning community of the chosen Federation House. Applicants can only be admitted if the interview confirms their teachability, and if there is clear indication that they are able to establish and maintain meaningful learning relationships with their tutors and fellow students.

Months of entry


Course content

Gain an in-depth understanding of pastoral theology as it relates to the goals of chaplaincy and care. This Masters degree is taught by Cambridge Theological Federation and accredited by ARU.

Throughout the course you'll be supported to:

  • relate reflectively and reflexively to the themes and traditions of pastoral care to contemporary personal and vocational contexts
  • develop a critical understanding of the human condition as it shapes different approaches to models of chaplaincy
  • undertake a detailed exploration of some issues of significance for an understanding of chaplaincy in the contemporary context.

Our course is offered with a full-time workload (one year) or part-time (two years), and you'll study with Cambridge Theological Federation.

Fees and funding

This course is offered by Cambridge Theological Foundation; please visit their website for details of fees.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

ARU Applicant Enquiries Team