MA in Applied Theology
1 year full-time study or normally 3 years part-time study

The MA in Applied Theology programme is designed to develop your ability to creatively engage the problems you encounter in your mission and ministry. The modules seek to foster depth of biblical insight and (self-) critical theological reflection on a wide variety of relevant topics, challenging your preconceptions and constructively resourcing your independent and original contributions to the issues explored. The fundamental premise behind our postgraduate programmes is that faith and critical reflection belong together. When faith seeks understanding, the result should be more coherent and creative applications of the Gospel and its life transforming implications into the Church, World and Workplace.
The modules for the MA cover five significant areas of Applied Theological study, with two modules currently available within each category. Categories include: Biblical Theology; Pentecostal Studies; Mission and Discipleship; Christian Leadership; Chaplaincy.
The introductory module Thinking Theologically introduces you to the skills required for engaging in theological study and allows you to develop these skills through exploration of a topic related to your area of interest. The final dissertation also allows you to investigate a topic relevant to your interests or professional goals. Modules are taught by a range of in-house and adjunct faculty who deliver specialist subject expertise whilst supporting you to become an innovative and independent learner.

Entry Requirements
  1. An initial degree in Theology or Applied Theology, and/or Religious Studies; OR

  2. An initial degree in another subject, together with evidence of certificated learning in Theology and/or Applied Theology and/or Religious Studies or substantial related experience; OR

  3. A non-graduate qualification plus substantial professional experience in theology or ministry, evidenced in a summary of non-certificated and experiential learning. Students who wish to be admitted on the basis of non-EU previous qualifications are required to submit a certificate of comparison from NARIC upon which their application will be considered.
The college is unable to issue CAS numbers for UK visa applications to international students.

Educational Aims of the Programme
  • To offer a postgraduate degree programme in Applied Theology in a full-time or part-time mode. 
  • To foster critical and innovative research linked to personal and professional development in five key areas for Pentecostal-Charismatic movements: Biblical Theology; Pentecostal Studies; Discipleship and Mission; Christian Leadership; Chaplaincy. 
  • To comprehensively extend student knowledge and understanding of the field of Applied Theology, developing critical awareness of the complexity of problems addressed within the discipline.  
  • To develop systematic conceptual understanding in Applied Theology through critical engagement with current research problems and advanced scholarship leading to original and creative contributions to the field.  
  • To develop advanced understanding of the methodologies relevant to Applied Theology, including their critical evaluation and original application to new contexts and research problems. 
  • To encourage students to act autonomously in planning and implementing a negotiated study demonstrating critical selection and evaluation of a comprehensive range of resources at the forefront of current scholarship, including major publications, refereed research articles and primary sources.  
  • To prepare students for further research at PhD level.

Structure of the programme

The structure of the MA in Applied Theology can be outlined in three stages.
Stage 1: Study of the core module TH7166 Thinking Theologically: An Introduction to Theology and Its Methodologies. Successful completion of this module is a pre-requisite for earning the MA in Applied Theology award or any interim awards. It must be taken as the first module and is always offered at the beginning of every academic year.
Stage 2: Choice of any three modules from the list of modules available on the programme. With the exception of TH7166, most modules run on alternate years, with one module from each of the five category clusters being offered each year. For example, of the two chaplaincy modules, if Practical Chaplaincy Development is offered this academic year, then Christian Ministry in an Institutional Context will be offered in the subsequent academic year. Modules currently include:
  • Biblical Theology
    • God and Israel in Biblical Theology.
    • Spirit and Salvation in Luke-Acts. 
  • Pentecostal Studies
    • Pentecostal Spirituality.
    • Pentecostal Theology in Transformation. 
  • Mission and Discipleship
    • Towards a Theology of Whole-Life Discipleship and Mission.
    • Contemporary Christian Missions. 
  • Christian Leadership
    • Christian Leadership Development.
    • Christian Leadership and Strategic Organisational Transformation. 
  • Chaplaincy
    • Practical Chaplaincy Development.
    • Christian Ministry in an Institutional Context. 
For more information on the available modules, click here.

Stage 3: Completion of the dissertation module TH7150. The research dissertation must explore a topic specific to applied theology which is determined by student interest subject to the availability of research supervision expertise.

Successful completion of the MA in Applied Theology requires that students obtain a total of 180 credits, comprising four 30 credit modules plus the dissertation worth 60 credits. Most students are currently part time and usually take two 30 credit modules per year for the first two years, followed by the dissertation in their final year.

How to Apply

If you would to apply for this program, please follow this link to the postgraduate online application form. Alternatively, please contact our admissions office at in order to obtain a hard-copy or a Microsoft Word version (.doc) of the application form. Such forms should be emailed back to admissions or posted with supporting documentation to The Admissions Officer, Regents Theological College, West Malvern Road, West Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 4AY, UK.

This course is validated by the University of Chester.