Taught course

Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, in Theology, Religious Studies, or a relevant subject discipline. Holders of other qualifications will be considered individually.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no element below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care is available to those seeking to study a carefully designed course of special relevance to the role of the chaplaincy today.

Why Study MA Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

Canterbury Christ Church is uniquely positioned in the UK as the only Church Foundation University with both a Theology team and a Medical School (the Kent and Medway Medical School). This makes for a distinctive opportunity for highly specialised interdisciplinary study in this area, supported across the institution. Further, the University is also home to the National Institute for Christian Education Research, which is fully engaged with work relevant to the leadership of “Faith Schools” and Religious Education. As a Church of England Foundation, the University also has a vibrant and well-supported Chaplaincy team of its own, which, in addition to delivering pastoral care, actively contributes to academic research in this area.

As well as providing a postgraduate qualification in theology and religious studies, the course develops knowledge and understanding relevant to charity and community work, to hospital and other types of chaplaincy, as well as to educational institutions and the school sector.

The MA Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care provides a qualification relevant to the professional and specialist vocation of chaplains. Normally, students on this route award will already have professional pastoral roles as chaplains, and they will be expected to draw on their experiences as appropriate to their academic course. Should a student following this route not have a professional role as a chaplain, they will be expected to engage with academic theory applicable to this pastoral role, thus developing skills and knowledge of relevance to this vocation. The course will give essential postgraduate experience for those planning to go on to a PhD, and give you an edge in the professional job market.

All about the course

The course is made up of carefully designed curriculum covering key areas of study. You will begin with core modules on Chaplaincy in the Mission of the Church, and Religion and the Common Good, with options in either Interfaith Dialogue, or Contemporary Religious Thought. These lead on to modules on Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care, and Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics, with options in either Critical Spirituality and Reflective Practice, or Biblical Interpretation. Finally, students complete a dissertation on a relevant topic. Each module has been deliberately designed to enable expertly-informed reflection on Chaplaincy and the common good.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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