Taught course

Practical and Contextual Theology

University of Chester · Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline, or equivalent professional qualifications and relevant work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Chester is a leading centre for the study of practical and contextual theologies in the UK and internationally.
This programme provides students with opportunities to engage in advanced study in practical and contextual theology.

Students can choose to specialize in one or both aspects of the programme. While practical and contextual theologies can use slightly different methods in their approach to the task of theology, they are related disciplines that would largely acknowledge that all theology is both practical and contextual in nature.


Core Modules

Themes and Methods in Practical and Contextual Theology

Research Dissertation - a 16-20,000 word dissertation on a research project developed in one aspect of contextual and/or practical theology. You work with a supervisor to develop and produce your dissertation.

You also choose an additional three modules from below.

Optional modules

Independent Biblical Studies

Spirituality and Popular Culture

Practice Based Research Project

Field Study of Religion

Evil in Comparative Theological Perspective

TRS Conference Study

Gender, Religion and Literature

Key texts in Christian Theological Ethics

Students can pursue modules either at a distance or on campus in Chester with occasional opportunities to study modules delivered through intensive 24 hour residentials.

This list of modules is indicative and may change from year to year.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months
distance learning
36 months


distance learning
24 - 36 months
part time
24 - 36 months
full time
12 months


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

Course contact details

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