MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission

When it comes to theology, the deepest rewards come from serious engagement with the Bible and key Christian figures and texts. This part-time programme is offered primarily on Monday mornings in our London centre, with two Saturdays at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire, over two years for students who already have a prior university degree in Christian theology or religious studies. The course is ideal for Theology or Religious Studies graduates looking to advance in higher research, Anglican ordinands, or practising church leaders seeking deeper engagement with core Christian texts and themes.

Students on the MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission choose one of two different optional foci, each of which comes with a suite of related modules. Option 1 focuses on systematic theology and Christian doctrine. Option 2 focuses on Biblical Studies, both Old and New Testaments. Depending on which focus is selected, students will write a graduate dissertation, and complete additional modules such as Advanced Topics in Christian Doctrine, Advanced Study of a Key Theological Text, Advanced Study of a Christian Figure, Advanced Biblical Studies, and The Bible and Christian Faith.

There is further formal documentation about this programme which can be found via the following files: programme specificationsprogramme regulations and Durham regulations.


Core Modules

  • Advanced Topic in Christian Doctrine
  • Research and Reflection: Resources and Methods

Option 1 modules

  • Advanced study of a theological text
    • Focus in Biblical Studies
  • Advanced study of a Christian figure
    • Focus in Biblical Studies
  • The Bible and Christian Faith
  • Advanced Biblical Studies

Option 2 modules

  • Advanced study of a theological text
    • Focus on systematic theology
  • Advanced study of a Christian figure
    • Focus on systematic theology
  • Further advanced topic in Christian Doctrine
  • Methods in Modern theology


The final piece of work is a 15,000 word dissertation on a subject of the student’s choice. This enables students to identify and study a topic relevant to study and research of theology, ministry and mission in depth.

Written assignments comprise the majority of assessment for the MA Theology, Ministry and Mission, and most of these are essays, but they also include other written assessments like reflective journals and book reviews. Students also have some oral presentations.

For module descriptions click here.

Frequently asked questions

Who is the programme for?

This programme has been designed with various people in mind, including:

  • Christian Theology/Religious Studies graduates looking to advance in higher research
  • Theology graduate ordinands training for ministry.
  • Clergy looking to take their learning further in Continuing Ministerial Education (CME) programmes.
  • Experienced Christian theology graduates seeking deeper engagement with core Christian texts and themes

Applicants must have a prior degree in or Graduate Diploma in Theology (or closely related discipline e.g. Religious Studies/Divinity) at a 2:1 or higher level.

How is the programme taught?

The programme is taught at St Mellitus College, London. Teaching is on Monday daytimes from 9.30am – 1pm, with occasional Monday afternoon input (2pm – 4pm) across two academic years.  The programme is a mixture of lectures and seminars, with an emphasis on seminar teaching.


How much does it cost?

To find out more, please visit our Fees page.

Is this programme available for international students?

We're sorry but we're currently unable to offer sponsorship for international students, therefore you would need to acquire a visa for the entirety of the course before applying.

How do I apply?

Click here to apply.