MTh Chaplaincy Programmes

There is considerable flexibility built into the Chaplaincy Studies MTh: you will need to consider what level of qualification you want. But you will also see that we offer a range of different specialisms, all designed to ensure you obtain a training honed to the particular challenges and issues of your context.

Applicants may apply for the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Chaplaincy Studies, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Chaplaincy Studies, or for the full MTh in Chaplaincy Studies programme. Those who are admitted to the PGCert in the first instance, and who successfully complete the requirements of that programme, may then be admitted to the PGDip stage and likewise from the PGDip to the Masters stage of the MTh programme.

A key feature of this qualification is the study mode style. Normally, all teaching is delivered at short-term residential events held four times a year, typically in September, January, March or April, and June. Students arrive during Monday morning and remain at the College until at least Wednesday afternoon or Thursday. To complete the PGDip, students are required to attend all of these over two academic years; for the MTh, students are required to attend at least two more residential during the third year (but may choose to attend all four).

The precise number of residentials needed for the PGCert varies enormously according to the modules selected, but students might attend as few as three, or as many as six.

This means that the programme is only available in part-time study mode. It is not possible to be a full-time student. However, students from overseas should be aware that provision is made the UK Borders Agency to provide the necessary short-term visas.

Structure of the different programmes 

  • Postgraduate Certificate – awarded on successful completion of three taught modules (each worth 20 credits); 60 credits needed in total (normally taken over one year via four short residential schools, but can be taken over up to two years).
  • Postgraduate Diploma – awarded on completion of a further three taught modules, in addition to the three necessary for the Certificate (each worth 20 credits); 120 credits needed in total (the six modules are normally taken over two years via four short residential schools per year)
  • MTh – awarded on completion of a dissertation (60 credits), in addition to the six taught modules necessary for the Diploma; 180 credits needed in total (the six modules and the dissertation are normally taken over three years via four short residential schools per year with individual directed personal study.).
  • Assessment of each 20 credit module is normally by the completion of a 4,000 word assignment. The maximum length of the dissertation is 20,000 words.

Available Specialisms

In order to meet the distinctive needs of a range of chaplaincy contexts, the programme is actually available in two different qualifications: the MTh Chaplaincy Studies, and the MTh Chaplaincy Studies (Military). The latter is reserved for those chaplains on active service with the MoD, RAF or Royal Navy. The former is available in four different specialisms (for both PGDip and MTh):

  • Education
  • Higher Education
  • Health
  • Generic

The fourth specialism here recognises the sheer breadth and wealth of different contexts in which chaplains work, enabling them to engage directly with the issues and dilemmas pertaining to those ministries.

Further details on all the points made on this page can be found in the Chaplaincy Handbook.