MA in Applied Theology

About the Course

The Regents MA in Applied Theology is designed to develop your ability to creatively engage with the problems you encounter in your mission and ministry. The modules seek to foster a depth of biblical insight with (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 results should include a more coherent, creative application of the Gospel and its life, transforming those implications into the Church, the World and the workplace.

The MA modules cover five significant areas of Applied Theological study, with two modules currently available within each category. The categories include: Biblical Theology, Pentecostal Studies, Mission and Discipleship, Christian Leadership, and Chaplaincy.

The opening module Thinking Theologically introduces you to the skills required for engaging in theological study, allowing you to develop your skill through exploring 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 both the in-house and adjunct faculty, who deliver specialist subject expertise whilst supporting you to become an innovative and independent learner.

Educational Aims of the Programme

  • To offer a postgraduate degree programme in Applied Theology in a full-time or part-time study mode
  • To foster critical and innovative research linked to personal and professional development in five key areas for Pentecostal-Charismatic movements in: Biblical Theology, Pentecostal Studies, Discipleship and Mission, Christian Leadership, and Chaplaincy
  • To comprehensively extend both student knowledge and understanding in 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 both 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.

Mode of Learning

The course can be completed in 1 year of full-time study, or (normally) over 3 year’s part-time.
The structure of the MA in Applied Theology can be outlined in three stages:

Stage 1: study of the core module TH7179 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 TH7179, 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

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, and is subject to the availability of research supervision expertise.

Track Leader

Dr. Martin Clay BA, PhD

Martin has been at Regents since 2002. He has a BA (Hons) from the University of Manchester and a PhD from the University of Wales. His doctoral studies explored the intersection of biblical theology and philosophical hermeneutics. Much of his teaching focuses on facilitating deeper Christian understanding of the Old Testament, especially the literature and theology of the Torah/Pentateuch and the Hebrew Prophets. His current research interests concern the field of biblical theology, especially the problem of the interrelationship of the Old and New Testaments, the relevance of Scripture for contemporary theological and ethical controversies, and the role of Scripture in healthy discipleship formation. He also cultivates a critical interest in the appropriation of Scripture by continental philosophers, and particularly Gianni Vattimo.

Dean of Postgraduate Studies

Martin has been at Regents since 2002. He has a BA (Hons) from the University of Manchester and a PhD from the University of Wales. His doctoral studies explored the intersection of biblical theology and philosophical hermeneutics. Much of his teaching focuses on facilitating deeper Christian understanding of the Old Testament, especially the literature and theology of the Torah/Pentateuch and the Hebrew Prophets. His current research interests concern the field of biblical theology, especially the problem of the interrelationship of the Old and New Testaments, the relevance of Scripture for contemporary theological and ethical controversies, and the role of Scripture in healthy discipleship formation. He also cultivates a critical interest in the appropriation of Scripture by continental philosophers, and particularly Gianni Vattimo.

Validation and Entry Requirements

The course is validated by The University of Chester.

An initial degree in Theology or Applied Theology, and/or Religious Studies; OR

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

A non-graduate qualification, with 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.

For more information on the available modules, click here.

Awards

Completion of the MA in Applied Theology requires that students obtain a total of 180 credits, comprising four 30 credit modules, with a further 60 credits for their dissertation. 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. Students who successfully complete the master’s programme are awarded an MA in Applied Theology.

Course Fees

How to Apply

To apply online please click this link to the postgraduate online application form or visit the Apply Now page on the College admissions page, or contact our admissions Administrator, Shelley Cave via email at admissions@regents-tc.ac.uk or on 01684 588979 and 01684 588965.