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Christian Theology (MA)*

Duration: 12 months (full-time); 24 months (part-time)

Overview

* 2017 entry only, subject to validation

This Master’s programme provides students with a thorough grounding in Christian Theology.  Taught by a team of nationally and internationally known scholars, it enables students to relate contemporary theological issues to wider historical and socio-cultural concerns.  It combines compulsory modules with a choice of optional modules, some of them cross-validated with post graduate awards in Biblical Studies and Jewish Studies. The course is structured on a credit system. Students amass 180 credits during their course. 120 credits are gained from taught modules. 60 credits are linked with the writing of a 15,000 word dissertation.  

Why choose Liverpool Hope?  

Liverpool Hope University is the only ecumenical university foundation in Europe, and its Department of Theology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies prides itself in being a research-informed teaching Department with a focus on student experience within an overall friendly environment. We have worked hard to ensure that our students have access to superb library collections (both print and electronic) and to a highly-qualified range of tutors.  The programme draws on the internationally acknowledged research expertise of existing members of the Department with that of visiting Professorial staff. Following recent appointments, the Department’s expertise in Biblical Studies has been significantly strengthened, as has its expertise in Systematic Theology.   

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international 

For further information download the Christian Theology MA Leaflet

Curriculum

There are two compulsory components.  The Postgraduate Seminar in Christian Theology enables students to develop their own academic skills through engaging with the current research of one academic member of staff. The Dissertation block includes a Dissertation Preparation module and a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic chosen by the student. In addition, all students take a non-compulsory module in M-level Thinking Skills at the beginning of their course, which facilitates the transition to Master’s level study. The optional modules can change each year but normally include:

  • Living Tradition: Continuity and Change in Western and non-Western Christianity
  • Studies in Christology
  • Studies in Ecclesiology
  • Negotiations and Renegotiations in Contemporary Christian Theology

In addition, students take an additional two modules from the other postgraduate programmes in the Department, which may include:

  • Pauline Literature
  • Jewish Apocalyptic Literature
  • Johannine Literature
  • Law, Prophesy and Wisdom: Three Worldviews in the Old Testament
  • Theological Issues in Judaism

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

Students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification. For additional information including entry requirements from your country, fees and scholarships go to the International section of the website.


Teaching & Research

The Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies has a long-established and successful record of research, with research ranked as 'world leading' in the last national Research Assessment Exercise. The Department also hosts a number of research centres, including the Andrew Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity. These centres provide a focus for research activity and regularly convene international level conferences, sponsor guest lectures, host visiting fellows and professors, and provide a context for research projects, including undergraduate dissertations, MA dissertations and research degrees (MPhil and PhD).

Employability

Some of the students who apply for this course will already be in employment in educational or pastoral settings. Others will take the course with a view to entering such employment. Whilst this course will not qualify students to teach or enter pastoral work, it will enhance the profile of those who wish to.  In addition, the skills developed through this programme will contribute to the employability of students in other areas.  Students who complete the MA are trained to evaluate and analyse complex and conflicting positions, and to present arguments in a clear, accurate and logical manner.  Such skills are widely esteemed by employers.

Overview

* 2017 entry only, subject to validation

This Master’s programme provides students with a thorough grounding in Christian Theology.  Taught by a team of nationally and internationally known scholars, it enables students to relate contemporary theological issues to wider historical and socio-cultural concerns.  It combines compulsory modules with a choice of optional modules, some of them cross-validated with post graduate awards in Biblical Studies and Jewish Studies. The course is structured on a credit system. Students amass 180 credits during their course. 120 credits are gained from taught modules. 60 credits are linked with the writing of a 15,000 word dissertation.  

Why choose Liverpool Hope?  

Liverpool Hope University is the only ecumenical university foundation in Europe, and its Department of Theology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies prides itself in being a research-informed teaching Department with a focus on student experience within an overall friendly environment. We have worked hard to ensure that our students have access to superb library collections (both print and electronic) and to a highly-qualified range of tutors.  The programme draws on the internationally acknowledged research expertise of existing members of the Department with that of visiting Professorial staff. Following recent appointments, the Department’s expertise in Biblical Studies has been significantly strengthened, as has its expertise in Systematic Theology.   

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international 

For further information download the Christian Theology MA Leaflet

Curriculum

There are two compulsory components.  The Postgraduate Seminar in Christian Theology enables students to develop their own academic skills through engaging with the current research of one academic member of staff. The Dissertation block includes a Dissertation Preparation module and a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic chosen by the student. In addition, all students take a non-compulsory module in M-level Thinking Skills at the beginning of their course, which facilitates the transition to Master’s level study. The optional modules can change each year but normally include:

  • Living Tradition: Continuity and Change in Western and non-Western Christianity
  • Studies in Christology
  • Studies in Ecclesiology
  • Negotiations and Renegotiations in Contemporary Christian Theology

In addition, students take an additional two modules from the other postgraduate programmes in the Department, which may include:

  • Pauline Literature
  • Jewish Apocalyptic Literature
  • Johannine Literature
  • Law, Prophesy and Wisdom: Three Worldviews in the Old Testament
  • Theological Issues in Judaism

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

Students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification. For additional information including entry requirements from your country, fees and scholarships go to the International section of the website.


Teaching & Research

The Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies has a long-established and successful record of research, with research ranked as 'world leading' in the last national Research Assessment Exercise. The Department also hosts a number of research centres, including the Andrew Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity. These centres provide a focus for research activity and regularly convene international level conferences, sponsor guest lectures, host visiting fellows and professors, and provide a context for research projects, including undergraduate dissertations, MA dissertations and research degrees (MPhil and PhD).

Employability

Some of the students who apply for this course will already be in employment in educational or pastoral settings. Others will take the course with a view to entering such employment. Whilst this course will not qualify students to teach or enter pastoral work, it will enhance the profile of those who wish to.  In addition, the skills developed through this programme will contribute to the employability of students in other areas.  Students who complete the MA are trained to evaluate and analyse complex and conflicting positions, and to present arguments in a clear, accurate and logical manner.  Such skills are widely esteemed by employers.

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3111

e: enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Dr Gergely Juhasz

Award Co-ordinator

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3124

e: juhaszg@hope.ac.uk

Start date: January & September 2016

How to Apply