Taught course

Values-based Practice: Faith Communities

University of Glasgow · School of Critical Studies

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. We also welcome applications from those with relevant professional work experience. Therefore, we will consider professional rather than academic qualifications where applicable. For candidates with the required academic entry requirements but no professional qualification, relevant professional or voluntary work experience is highly desirable. All applicants must supply two references. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters programme is intended to develop critical understanding and key skills in reflective practice for those engaged in a variety of roles within faith communities. It also provides opportunity to engage in focussed study of particular areas of emerging significance relevant to the student’s own work and context.

Why Glasgow

  • This is a new programme in an area that is becoming increasingly significant within many spheres of professional and voluntary engagement.
  • It is possible to take the whole programme through twilight teaching and occasional one day events.
  • You will be taught by people who have research specialisms in this field and are personally involved in values-based practice.
  • You will have the opportunity to focus upon issues that matter to you and are relevant to your own practice.

Programme Structure

The full-time version of this programme involves taught sessions over two ten-week teaching periods, plus a period of research and writing over the summer.

In each teaching period you will study a core course in values-based practice and an optional course. A credit bearing course runs throughout both training periods.

During the final phase of the programme you will undertake supervised study of a specialised topic of your choice, researching and writing a 15,000 word dissertation.

You can choose optional courses from within those designated for the programme and, with the convenor’s permission, other appropriate masters levels courses offered within the University. The school graduate training course will prepare you to work on your dissertation and to prepare a proposal and funding application for PhD work, should you choose to pursue doctoral research.

The programme is made up of four components:

  • Core courses: taught over two ten-week teaching periods, from October to December and January to March
  • Optional courses: also taught in ten-week blocks. Full-time students usually study one topic course in each semester
  • Training course: taught on occasional study days throughout the year
  • A dissertation: written during the final phase of the course, from April to September.

Part-time students take both core courses and the graduate training course in the first year and take two option courses and write a dissertation in the second year.

Core Courses

  • Use of Self in Values-based Practice: Students will work in a reflective group to analyze case-studies in Values-based Practice that come from their personal fields of engagement. Critical reflection on these examples will develop skills of self awareness and self evaluation. Through use of a variety of reflective techniques students will develop the resources necessary to enable others in reflective practice. Formative Assessment: Learning Journal. Summative Assessment will be in the form of critical reflection upon two worked examples of values-based practice.
  • Writing and Reflecting upon Practice: Students will be introduced to a variety of writing techniques that are used to develop reflexivity in practice including journaling, autoethnography and life writing. They will present their reflective writing within a writing workshop. Summative Assessment will be through submission of reflective writing together with a critical commentary upon this.

Option Courses

  • Ministerial Practice: Aimed at those engaged in, or preparing for, a recognised ministry role within a Christian Church and designed for those who have already undertaken undergraduate study in theology. This course has a specific focus on core practices of Christian ministry and will focus upon: leadership + service, worship + liturgy, preaching, congregational life in cultural context, pastoral care.
  • Theory and Practice of Peacebuilding: This course will examine the theoretical understandings of peacebuilding in local communities and across the globe. It will incorporate practical elements of conflict resolution and peacebuilding appropriate for practitioners wishing to better their skills in this area.
  • Issues in Ethics and Practice: Students will consider various models of ethics and practice and critically interrogate their use and potential when exploring current issues within the participants’ sphere of engagement.
  • Guided Study: In consultation with the Programme Convenor students are permitted to select a particular topic and work on this with the support of a supervisor.
  • Self-selected Option: One option, as agreed with Programme Convenor, can be taken from the wide range of taught postgraduate courses offered by the University which cover topics relevant to this programme such as chaplaincy and pastoral theology.


Students will complete a 15,000 words dissertation on a topic related to Values-based practice in Faith Communities.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0; ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20. CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169. PTE Academic: 60; no sub-test less than 59

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

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