Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University

Biblical and Pastoral Theology

This course enables students to learn how to understand the texts of the Old and New Testament in their historical and socio-cultural setting, are introduced to methods and approaches used in the academic study of the Bible, the tools used by biblical scholars, and the most important developments in the field of biblical scholarship, They also gain insight into their theological significance and are better prepared to appreciate the use of the Bible in pastoral and liturgical settings.

Entry requirements

A 1st Class or upper 2nd Class Honours degree not necessarily in Theology or Religious Studies. Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made. Students whose 1st language is not English require evidence of proficiency in the English language.

Course modules

Pastoral Theology modules, including the following: Approaching Homiletics; Christian Worship; Studies in Ecclesiology; Christian Initiation; The Liturgy of the Eucharist; The Liturgical Hours; The Liturgy: Theological and Historical Perspective. These modules are offered according to staffing and student demand, so not all of them may be available in a given year.

Assessment methods

In order to complete the programme, students are required to write a dissertation, in which they will need to integrate aspects of Biblical Studies and Pastoral Theology, even though the emphases in individual pieces of work will differ, depending on the topic and methodology chosen. The Dissertation block includes a Dissertation Preparation module and a 45 credit Dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
MA Full-time January 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time January 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Hope Park Liverpool L16 9JD North West

Key information

Student Recruitment Team
Telephone number: 
0151 291 3111