For those who wish to acquire an advanced study in theology through a short programme, we offer a Graduate Certificate in theology, ministry and mission. In this part-time course you will study for 60 credits at level 6 modules over one year. In some cases, up to 20 credits a level 5 may be included.
This is an accessible course designed for those who have a degree in another subject, and want to reflect on the Christian relevance of their professional & personal circumstances or wish to go on to study at postgraduate level. In online distance learning mode, it follows a pattern of one module per term, fitting your studies around your work and other commitments. In some cases, it is possible to take this award in face-to-face mode or to blend with online modules, depending on your ability to access the Queen’s campus.
This programme is comprised of 60 credits usually taken in the form of three of the modules below. In face-to-face or blended mode alternative module may be required.
- TMM3101 Christian Doctrine in Focus
- TMM3031 Further New Testament Studies
- TMM3201 Adult Education and the Learning Church
- TMM3441 Justice, Environment and Mission in Global Context
- TMM3141 Church History in Focus
- TMM3341 Independent Learning Project
Applications for entry to this course are accepted at any time, but we enrol new students in the Autumn of each year. Usually, you will need to be a graduate, but we will consider others with relevant qualifications.
Modular costs for the Graduate Certificate are charged on a per credit basis. This fee covers your distance tutor, any classes or groups, online materials and the university validation. Full details are available on the fees and funding 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.
How to apply
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.
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)
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)
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.
Full details are available on the fees and funding 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)121 452 2624.