You should be working in post as a chaplain or have arranged a chaplaincy placement for the duration of the programme. The placement should be supervised and the student mentored by a chaplain registered with the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy.
The NHS Education for Scotland capabilities and competences for healthcare chaplains require that all applicants have a recognized status within a mainstream faith community or belief group (including humanism). Applicants can be ordained or lay. Applicants whose authorizing faith community or belief group is not affiliated with Interfaith Scotland or represented by the Healthcare Chaplaincy Faith and Belief Group (HCFBC) should supply written confirmation of their eligibility to register with the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy.
Months of entry
This programme is the culmination of work to develop healthcare chaplaincy as a profession. It is available to healthcare chaplains and graduates considering healthcare chaplaincy as a profession. Applicants who are considering entering healthcare chaplaincy will also have to satisfy the eligibility criteria for registration with the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy. The University of Glasgow has no locus in this decision.
Why this programme
- It enables chaplains to evidence the Spiritual and Religious Care Capabilities and Competences for Healthcare Chaplains and demonstrate fitness to practice as a Healthcare Chaplain and so become Board Registered.
- You will learn to assess and meet spiritual and religious care needs, develop educational support for quality spiritual and religious care and facilitate professional role development and staff support.
- The programme has been commissioned by NHS Education for Scotland and it enables chaplains to evidence the Spiritual and Religious Care Capabilities and Competences for Healthcare Chaplains and demonstrate fitness to practice as a healthcare chaplain and so become Board Registered, subject to satisfying eligibility criteria of the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy.
The programme is designed as a part-time programme of study days and distance learning to enable working chaplains to study and gain a professional qualification.
- Providing spiritual and religious care in healthcare
- Professional practice in spiritual and religious care
- Advanced healthcare practice.
Applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria for registration with the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy and meet the criteria for admission to the MSc (MedSci) Advanced Practice in Healthcare can study the courses as optional courses towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 7.0
- no sub-test less than 7.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 100; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 24
- Listening: 24
- Speaking: 23
- Writing: 27
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 70; no sub-test less than 70
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEIII at Pass with Pass in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- MVLS Healthcare Chaplaincy