The University of Aberdeen has trained Christian ministers since it was founded in 1495 by Bishop William Elphinstone who devoted learning to ‘the pursuit of truth in the service of others.’ The new flexible Master of Theology in Ministry Studies programme has been designed to enable church leaders to reflect deeply upon the theology and practice of Christian ministry in today’s world.
A two year, part-time degree programme in Practical Theology, the MTh in Ministry Studies combines an intellectually challenging and practically significant introduction to the nature of Christian ministry in a changing, challenging and complex social and cultural environment.
This programme provides students with the option of starting their studies either in September or January and has been carefully created so that it is accessible to those who are already engaged in either full-time or part-time, ordained or lay Christian ministry. It is built around four one-week intensive modules held in September and January that will be delivered at Aberdeen University over a two year period. In addition to on-campus courses, we also offer online teaching and seminars.
Another unique aspect of this programme is that there are various exits points, leading to different qualifications:
- Four courses and a dissertation leads to the MTh (180 credits).
- Four courses leads to the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) (120 credits).
- Two courses leads to the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) (60 credits).
Students may also attend individual courses that can be accumulated towards either the Masters degree, the Diploma, or the Certificate over an extended period of up to four years.
Since this is a part-time programme, students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK are unable to apply. However, we offer other full-time masters programmes which may be of interest. Please see the bottom of the page for related PGT programmes.
How You'll Study
The course includes four modules which are preceded by a three week guided reading course and followed by two fortnightly online seminars. This is followed by a final four week period during which students complete their written assessment tasks. After the four modules are completed, students write a final 20,000 word dissertation.
- Option one: two courses leads to a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits).
- Option two: four courses leads to a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
Neither the Diploma nor the certificate options require the completion of the dissertation.
- Option three: four courses and dissertation leads to the MTh (180 credits).
- Option four: students may attend individual courses that can be accumulated towards either the Certificate or the Diploma or the Masters degree over an extended period of up to four years.
Classes are in seminar form. The dissertation will be written over the summer of the second half-session.
The taught courses will be assessed by a variety of means that may include book reviews, seminar presentations and written assignments. The dissertation course will be assessed by submission of the dissertation.
For more information about the application process, including details about which supporting documents you will be asked to provide, please click here.
The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.
In general, an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent is required. However, for candidates who do not meet this admission criteria, alternative / lower qualifications combined with relevant professional experience and supportive references may also be considered as a means for entry.
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English Language Requirements
To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:
OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0
OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21
OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54
Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:
OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169
Read more about specific English Language requirements here.
You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme