Taught course

Pastoral Theology

Heythrop College · Pastoral and Social Studies

Entry requirements

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject

Please note that there are two pathways in this programme: 'Pastoral Theology, Church & Society' and 'Pastoral Theology for Ministry'. Students need to choose the pathway they wish to follow.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Pastoral Theology integrates theology and experience, theory and practice, faith and action. It is suitable for those in, or preparing for, ordained or lay ministry in the Christian churches, and for those in a variety of other professions. The degree aims to promote reflection on the relationships between faith, humanity, experience, practice, professional and working life, church, culture, social context and theology, taking account of different traditions.

The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation. The first core module in Foundations of Pastoral Theology provides an introduction and basis for pastoral theology, looking at issues of ecclesiology, ministry, methodology and theological reflection. In Religion: Context and Crisis, you address the critical issues of today’s context both sociologically and theologically, and interactively ‘models’ the pastoral theological approach and methodology.

Optional modules look at the different facets of the Church in Mission and Ministry, Modern Theologies of Liturgy, The Bible in the Life of the Church and The Theology of Religious Life.

Information for international students

IELTS (taken within two years of the start of your studies at Heythrop) - 6.5 With no less than 6.5 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Find out more about language requirements and other tests.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The College has established a new Scholarship Fund which is open to postgraduate students starting their studies in September 2014. Scholarships will be awarded to students on the basis of financial need and motivation to study at Heythrop and will be used to reduce the tuition fees charged to students by the College. College scholarships reducing the cost of tuition are also available for qualified teachers, alumni, and applicants with a first class honours degree at undergraduate level.

Please refer to the College website for full details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment80
Dissertation20 (12000 words)

Course contact details

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