Contemporary Christian Theology MA

Taught Higher Degree , Full-time

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Ruth Monaghan

Contemporary Christian Theology Graduate

Key Details

  • 1 Year
  • Full Time
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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 online learning and taught sessions.  Participation in this MA can help advance a career in leading Church schools, teaching Religious Education, or development in pastoral ministry and adult education.

Newman University is a member of the 3forRE scheme. If you are working in a school teaching RE, you could be eligible for funding towards the cost of the MA in Contemporary Christian Theology. Visit the 3forRE website for further details.



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 interaction and face-to-face taught sessions at Newman. Attendance requirements vary depending on whether the degree is taken full-time or part-time and, if studying part-time, what options are taken. A full-time student would typically be expected to attend an evening face-to-face session every two weeks during term time, together with four intensive weekend blocks a year. Part-time students typically attend four intensive face-to-face teaching blocks each year, but have the option to choose modules that are delivered by shorter, more numerous face-to-face sessions. Both part-time and full-time routes are supported by online interaction in between the face-to-face teaching during term time.

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.

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.

Contact details

Contact: Contact for admissions enquiries:
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2437)

Contact for course content enquiries:
Dr Louise Hickman (Programme Leader, Postgraduate Theology)
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2234)


Course Fees

UK/EU Total Course Fees as of 2018/19:

MA - £4,950
PGDip - £3,300
PG Cert - £1,650

Please note for 2019/20 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
For information regarding a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master's study click here.

Additional Information

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