Taught course

Orthodox Studies

University of Winchester · Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study.

Months of entry


Course content

MTh Orthodox Studies at Winchester gives students from a variety of backgrounds, who have an interest in Orthodox Christianity, the
opportunity to develop and expand their range of theological skills and knowledge at a higher level.

The programme offers a wide-ranging study of Orthodox Christian tradition and practice including theology, history, ecclesiology, tradition, liturgy and art. It draws on a variety of academic disciplines and discourses to enable students to reflect critically on the entirety of the Orthodox faith, tradition and practice. Students with a background in Orthodox studies have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding at a higher academic level. Those of different backgrounds are enabled to approach Orthodox thought and tradition critically and connect, compare and contrast it with their own theological background.

Study enables students to research the Orthodox, early Christian and patristic tradition, and connect it to broader areas of human life and understanding in contemporary multicultural societies. Students explore and critically reflect upon Orthodox experience, developing an informed awareness of the dynamic nature of the Orthodox Christian tradition and the theological task of subjecting this tradition to a process of testing and renewal.

Core modules:
Introduction to Orthodox Theology
Research Methods

Optional modules:
Orthodox Ascetic Mysticism
Dionysios the Areopagite
The Experience of Orthodox Monasticism
Modern Orthodox Theology
Icons: Theology in Colour
Orthodox Canon Law
Supervised Research Project

The programme is delivered by distance learning through the University's Learning Network (limited residential teaching is also available). A wide range of resources are available and a high level of tutorial support and supervision is provided by academic staff.

A variety of assessment methods including essays, book reviews and shorter written exercises, are used for taught modules. The final research project is assessed by a 20,000 word dissertation presenting a piece of original research on a topic of the student's choice, done under supervision.

MTh Orthodox Studies offers excellent training for those in a range of occupations including church leadership, pastoral work and religious education, who wish to enhance their skills and qualifications. It equips students to undertake doctoral research in preparation for a career in university or seminary teaching.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent approved test. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Fees and funding

Home and EU tuition fee: £4,900
International tuition fee: £10,900

Limited bursaries, scholarships and discounts are available - please see our website under 'Students and Money' for more details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries and Applications
+44 (0) 1962 827234