Taught course


University of Chester · Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree in theology and/or religious studies or related disciplines is required. Applicants with lower qualifications, a degree in another discipline or appropriate relevant experience should contact us for advice.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

This Master’s course enables students to deepen and broaden their understanding of Christian theology and its engagement with the contemporary world.

The MA in Theology will allow you to pursue advanced study in cutting-edge topics in Christian theology and engage with a wide range of disciplines, including: contextual and practical theology, biblical studies, systematic theology, public theology, and theological ethics.

Why study Theology with us?

The University of Chester’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies offers postgraduate teaching from academic specialists in a wide range of theological disciplines.

Our wide choice of modules aim to extend the knowledge and skills you gained in undergraduate studies, developing critical judgement, independent research and clear, concise explanation and argument.

The course attracts those seeking a deeper understanding of Christian faith and its significance for society and culture, and those seeking professional and ministerial development. It provides an excellent preparation for research degrees in the field.

School teachers may qualify for assistance with fees from the Culham St Gabriel's Trust – see: www.cstg.org.uk/grants/3forre

How will I be taught?

This course is normally accessible through a combination of: face-to-face seminars of two hours per week in Chester; intensive two-day residentials; or entirely through online distance learning.

Full-time and part-time students should expect to devote 30 hours or 15 hours respectively per week to their studies. You will also have two to six contact hours per week.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments include long critical essays (normally 4,000 words); shorter critical reviews; a research proposal; other shorter tasks; and a 20,000-word Research Dissertation. There are no examinations.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Department of Theology and Religious Studies