University of Chester

University of Chester

Practical and Contextual Theology

This programme provides students with opportunities to engage in advanced study in practical and contextual theology. In contextual theologies, there are opportunities to study and examine theologies written from, for example, feminist, black, Deaf and disabled perspectives; practical theology takes seriously the relationship between belief and practice both inside and outside of the church. It invites students to interrogate the traditions and ideas that shape the way that individuals, communities, the church, professional organizations, government, institutions etc. operate.

Entry requirements

Minimum of upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline; relevant professional experience is also taken into account.

Course modules

Core modules: themes and methods in practical and contextual theology; research methods; plus optional modules in areas such as: International perspectives in faiths and public policy; spirituality and popular culture; religion and disability; secularization and the futures of religions; urban theology; practice-based research project; contemporary issues in public theology; evil in comparative theological perspective; TRS conference study; gender, religion and literature.

Assessment methods

Some modules require the student to undertake independent qualitative research by fieldwork, or autoethnographic methods such as journalling; others draw on more conventional text-based modes of study; there are no examinations; research dissertations are required for the full MA.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 425 per Credit module (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 7,920 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 3 years
MA Distance learning £ 4,140 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PgCert Part-time - 1 years
PgCert Distance learning - 1 years
Full-time - 1 years
Distance learning - 2 years
Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Parkgate Road Campus Chester CH1 4BJ North West

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