MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission (QDL)

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Key Facts

Biblical Studies or Christian Faith and Contemporary Life
Distance learning / online, Part-time, 3 years*
£2,160.00 per annum (£6,480 total fee over 3 years)

*Enquire about doing this programme in two years.

Who is it for?

This postgraduate degree is ideal for people engaged in lay or ordained ministry as well as professionals in various industries (eg: charity, healthcare, social, teaching). The courses aim to provide a flexible but focused path to enhance and deepen theological proficiency and expertise. The flexibility offered by online learning allows you to engage with the course and your tutors from virtually anywhere in the world whilst conveniently fitting the training around your professional and personal commitments.

Programme Structure

This MA is validated by Durham University as part of the Common Awards scheme and provides two pathways:

  • Specialism in Biblical Studies
  • Specialism in Christian Faith and Contemporary Life

NB: You can choose your specialism in Year 2

The course content will relate theological knowledge to your professional & personal circumstances. In the first year, all students study three core modules (60 credits). In the second year, based on your chosen specialism, you will explore 3 modules (60 credits). The final year is dedicated to a dissertation on a theological topic of your own choice in relation to your ministry and chosen specialism. You will be guided in ways to research important material to develop your own idea. We usually offer three online seminars per module.

If you are unsure about whether you want to do a full MA, you might want to enrol on our PGCert programme as a starting point to achieve the MA. The first year, or either second year pathway, can be studied on its own, alone as a one-year Certificate.


The programme covers seven modules (Level-7), studied part-time over three years, for a total of 180 credits.

Year 1 (60 credits)
  • The Bible & Christian Faith
  • Theologies in Global Perspective
  • Research Methods
Year 2 (60 credits)

Specialism in Biblical Studies

  • Advanced New Testament
  • Advanced Old Testament
  • New Testament text in Greek or Independent Research Project

Specialism in Christian Faith and Contemporary Life

  • Leadership and Collaboration
  • Christian Faith and the Environment*
  • Adult Education and the Learning Church*

*Some courses could be substituted for alternatives if you had studied a similar module at level 6 (GradCert).

Year 3 (60 credits)
  • Dissertation

Admission Requirements

Students enter the MA in TMM programme under one of the following categories:

  • A good degree (or other level 6 qualification, such as a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma) in Theology, normally with an average of 60% across module results.
  • Graduates (normally classed as first class or 2:1 honours) in other disciplines with experience of Theology or Religious Studies to at least undergraduate Certificate in HE level (awarded with credit or distinction, or with an overall mark of at least 60%)
  • Students for whom English is their second language should have achieved a score of 7.0 in an IELTS examination, or equivalent.


Tuition fees are paid on a yearly basis. Full details are available on the fees part of our website, or you can download our annual fee sheet. This includes further guidance on the associated costs of studying theology, along with information on what benefits you may be entitled to as a student.


Depending on your personal circumstances, this programme is eligible for student loan funding from the government. Please visit the government’s Student loans page for further guidance on your eligibility.

For further information on eligibility and applying for Disabled Students' Allowance, please see our guidance here.

How to Apply

To start the application process, please fill in the student enquiry form below. As part of the admission process, you will be invited to an online interview to ensure that the program is right for you and provide further guidance.

If you wish to experience distance learning before starting a full degree, you are encouraged to register for our Distance Learning Taster Course.

Students without a relevant degree but with relevant experience may wish to consider our GradCert as means of entry into the M.A.

For further information, please contact us at or +44 (0)121 452 2624.