Taught course

Evangelical and Charismatic Studies (by distance learning)

University of Birmingham · Department of Theology and Religion

Entry requirements

At least an upper second-class Honours degree in Theology, Religious Studies or a related discipline, or an upper second-class degree in an unrelated subject with relevant professional experience. We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. Standard English language requirements apply.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme explores the faith, practices, worship and teaching of Pentecostal/Charismatic and Evangelical communities from a critical academic perspective, which emphasises their global and contextual nature. It provides an excellent preparation for further research in the field, but is also well suited to personal and professional development purposes. You can pursue a range of specialisms and the dissertation provides an ideal opportunity for you to explore your own specific interests in the field.

The Pentecostal/Charismatic and Evangelical movements are among the largest and fastest growing traditions within world Christianity and indeed of any faith, representing on some estimates well over half a billion people. Birmingham has a long-standing tradition of studying these movements ranging back over some 40 years, and remains today a world leader in this field of research. Our specialisms include: Evangelical and Pentecostal/Charismatic history; missiology; doctrine; biblical interpretation; worship; and liturgy.

This course provides an excellent preparation for further research in the field but as a standalone course which will be of interest to: people from within these Christian traditions; those who are fascinated by religious phenomena, growth and development; professionals in social policy, education, politics and economics; and the faith groups who engage regularly with individuals and communities from Evangelical and Pentecostal/Charismatic backgrounds.

To achieve the MA, you will study two core modules and four optional modules, which are assessed by essays. To complete the course, you will also produce a 15,000-word dissertation, which allows plenty of opportunity for you to explore your own specific interests in the field.

To gain a Diploma, you will study six taught modules (as above – two are core, four are optional) and to complete a Certificate-level qualification, you will study three taught modules (two core, one optional).

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-24 months
full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
8 months
part time
16 months
distance learning
8-16 months


full time
4 months
part time
8 months
distance learning
4-8 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005