The degree can be taken full-time over 12 months, or part-time over 24 months. The programme requires 180 credits of work overall.
Students take 120 credits in taught courses. For full-time students this amounts to six courses over two semesters.
This course looks in-depth at the historic foundations of Christian ideas and practices to do with 'church' and 'ministry' through the direct study of primary texts, especially key New Testament texts and other selected texts from the earliest centuries, and important scholarly studies of these matters. Taught in a seminar style, with assigned readings for each session, key topics include the nature and ethos of early churches, early worship ethos and practice, mission, and leadership/ministry (including emergence of ordained ministry).
The ability to reflect on and articulate a theology of ministry is an essential skill for work in any area of Ministry. This course aims to instil an understanding of the theologies which underpin the student's approach to ministry, and a knowledge of the variety of theologies which are associated with various forms of ministry.
One research methods course (20 credits), taught across both semesters:
Introducing students to the School's research culture, the norms of the different disciplines within Divinity and Religious Studies, and the School's resources (including library and computing facilities), this course also addresses critical thinking, succinct critical speaking, research project approaches and best scholarly practice.
Students must also choose three further courses (20 credits each), from the wide range offered in other taught Masters programmes in the School of Divinity, or in another School within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. This can include 20 credits at level 10, subject to approval by the Programme Director.
A vital part of the programme is a Masters dissertation of 15,000 words, worth 60 credits. Full-time students work on this from April until August and part time students work on this from January until August of year two. All students have one-on-one guidance from an academic supervisor. The dissertation should show advanced knowledge of the subject, as well as good writing and analytical abilities.
This article was published on Oct 3, 2012