Heythrop College, University of London

Heythrop College, University of London

Pastoral Theology

The course integrates theory and practice, theology and experience, faith and action; it is suitable for those in, or preparing for, ministry in the Christian churches, whether ordained or not; it is also relevant for teachers, counsellors, therapists, health care professionals or those in the legal profession; the course promotes reflection on the relationships between faith, humanity, experience, practice, professional and working life, church, culture, social context and theology, taking account of different traditions; through honing skills of analysis and reflection, it develops students' capacity for ongoing systematic theological reflection on experience, pastoral ministry and the specific situations of their life and work; several of the academic staff contribute to an introductory foundation module, which includes a guidance session on essay writing; there is a second compulsory module, and students then have an opportunity to choose from a range of options; these cover topics in the Bible, Church, ministry, liturgy, spirituality, evangelisation, religious life, social context; you can explore different approaches to practical theology and different disciplines, such as sociology of religion and political and liberation theology; not all modules may be available every year, but details of what is expected to be available over a two year period are published at the start of the programme; from time to time new modules are introduced and changes made to what is on offer.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree or equivalent, in an appropriate subject. It is not essential for the 1st degree to be in philosophy or theology; for applicants whose 1st language is not English, the College requires: IELTS score of at least 6.5, with no less than 6.5 in each of listening, speaking, reading and writing; TOEFL internet based test score of 92 with no less than 23 in each of listening, speaking, reading and writing; Pearson Test of English Academic score of 60 overall with no less than 55 in any component.

Course modules

Modules include: Foundations of pastoral theology; religion. Optional modules: mission and ministry; the bible in the life of the church; theology of religious life; modern theologies of liturgy; applicants can include a choice from another ma programme, by agreement; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework during the module or shortly after its end, and by a 4,000 word essay done by the end of the year. Coursework tasks vary to reflect the module content and learning outcomes. Examples may include articles, reviews and essays. Applicants also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 2,350 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 5,725 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Heythrop College, University of London Kensington and Chelsea W8 5HQ South East

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
020 7795 4201