Contemporary Christian Theology MA

Course length: 1 year full time or 2-3 years part-time (blend of online learning and taught sessions)


Newman’s MA in Contemporary Christian Theology will enable you to develop your interest in theology through an engagement with some of the issues brought to light by our contemporary culture. 

The programme can be studied part-time or full time and is ideally suited to professionals working within the field of Theology, Religious Education or Christian Ministry and to those who want to deepen their understanding of the issues facing contemporary theology. The MA will open up new insights by building on historical schools of thought in dialogue with contemporary Christian theologies through an exploration of current issues such as those surrounding the new bio-technologies, the relationship between science and theology, and eco-feminism.  Throughout your studies you will have the opportunity to work with a tutor to focus on the areas of theological exploration that particularly interest you.

The programme is delivered through a blend of on-line learning and taught sessions, and there are four weekend schools a year with ongoing on-line support.  Participation in this MA can help advance a career in leading Church schools, teaching Religious Education, or development in pastoral ministry and adult education.

"I am so grateful for the opportunity to have studied on the Masters Programme in Contemporary Christian Theology at Newman University. The high quality teaching and tutoring allowed for excellent learning, challenging discussion and academic reflection on a range of issues from the ethics of human cloning to the influence of Plato’s forms on contemporary thinking. It has also provided me with valuable and transferable skills; time management, textual analysis, teamwork, academic debate, academic writing and referencing. Gaining my Masters has been one of my biggest achievements and graduating, one of my proudest moments." 

Ruth Monaghan (Graduated October 2015) 


The group size is small enough to allow good interaction between class members and easy access to the tutors. The course is delivered through a combination of on-line materials, and face-to-face taught sessions at Newman. University-based sessions take place over an average of 6 days per year, timed to suit the needs of part-time students. In addition, students will make use of distance learning materials and will be encouraged to interact with each other and with tutors in on-line forums.

Research Areas

Theological research is fundamental to the mission of Newman University. The subject area welcomes applications from suitably qualified students who wish to pursue postgraduate research degrees (MPhil and PhD awarded by the University of Leicester) in the areas of Philosophy of Religion, Religious Education and Biblical Studies. For more information about the research interests of the Theology team please visit the theology research section of this website.

All information is believed to be accurate at time of publishing, but Government support, fees and bursaries may be subject to change without notice.

Entry requirements

Good relevant first degree (2:1 or above), or equivalent previous experience. Those who do not have a relevant degree may be asked to write a written piece to assess academic suitability.


UK/EU Total Course Fees as of 2017/18:

MA - £4,800

PGDip - £3,200

PG Cert - £1,600

International total course fees as of 2017/18:

MA - £10,400

PGDip - £6,993

PGCert - £3,467

Fees may rise subject to inflation for 2018/19

For information regarding a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master's study click here

Contemporary Christian Theology

Module Information
Modules on the programme include:

  • Constructing Theologies: Past and Future
  • Theology and Contemporary Ethics
  • Metaphysics and Post-modernity: Belief and the Future
  • Method and Hermeneutics in Theology
  • Theology and Education.

All students take the same modules and attend core lectures but where appropriate, seminars and tutorials allow you to focus your studies on one of the following areas:

Christian Theology
Students pursuing their studies in Christian Theology have the opportunity to engage in considerable depth with contemporary movements in philosophical and systematic theology. The course will allow for detailed study of key texts and ideas, while addressing questions about the possibility and nature of theology.

Theology and Education
The taught modules aim to open up new insights into the study of theology through an exploration of the issues that impact on Religious Studies and the leadership of Church schools. These include theologies underpinning education, ethical issues such as designer babies and environmental ethics, and philosophies of education.

Theology and Ministry
Choosing to focus on ministry enables you to explore and extend your understanding of how current research in theology can enrich the work of Christian ministry and mission. This focus will encourage a development of the cognitive, imaginative and critical skills required to interpret texts and doctrines and will enhance the competence of clerical and lay Christians to apply the resources of faith to everyday life and ministry.

In addition to the core modules, you may choose one professionally related module from the MA Professional Enquiry programme or choose to reflect theologically on a specific area of personal interest. An optional negotiated module provides the opportunity to address a research area of personal interest with tutor support. The writing of a dissertation, allows a further opportunity to develop personal research and completes the final stage of the MA.

Students may complete two modules of study to gain a Postgraduate Certificate (typically one year of part-time study), or four modules to gain a Postgraduate Diploma.

These modules are subject to change.

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