Curacy Pathway: MA in Theology and Transformative Practice

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Key Facts

Part-time, 3 years

Who is it for?

The aim of this programme is to equip Christian ministers, in curacies within the Anglican Church, to continue to develop as competent and faithful reflective practitioners. To this end, it provides an education in theology, ministry and mission, building on the learning from IME1, seeking to complement IME2 and encourage reflection on the nature and identity of Anglican ministry.

The flexibility offered by distance learning allows you to engage with the course and your tutors from virtually anywhere whilst conveniently fitting the training around your professional and personal commitments.

If you are unsure about whether you want to do a full MA, you might want to enrol on our PGDip programme.

Programme Structure

This MA is validated by Newman University. You would study 60 credits per year. In the first and second year, this comprises two taught modules. The final year leading to the MA award is dedicated to a dissertation on a theological topic of your own choice in relation to your ministry and chosen specialism. The course content will relate theological knowledge to your continued formational development as a curate and as a deacon or priest. You will reflect on your identity as a public minister, serving within a particular context, and on the relationship between this and your own faith and spirituality. You will explore approaches to Christian leadership in a contemporary context, and will be guided in ways to research important material to develop your own ideas, particularly through your dissertation.


Year 1 (60 credits)
  • Orientation into Ministry – online
  • Research Methods – online
Year 2 (60 credits)
  • Spirituality and Ministry - online
  • Transformative Christian Leadership - online
Year 3 (60 Credits)


Admission Requirements

Students enter the MA in Theology & Transformative Practice programme under one of the following categories:

  • A degree in theology (or other level 6 qualification, such as a Graduate Diploma) at 2:2 or above
  • Graduates (classed as 2:2 honours or above) in other disciplines with experience of Theology or Religious Studies to at least undergraduate Certificate levelStudents without a relevant degree but with a DipHE in Theology (with an overall average mark of at least 60%) may wish to consider our PGCert as means of entry onto the M.A.


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.

For further information, please contact the centre director Catrin Harland-Davies at