MRes in Theology
1 year full time study or 2 years part-time study
 
The Master of Research (MRes) in Theology programme focusses on developing your advanced research skills within a specific theological discipline in order to prepare you for future work at MPhil/PhD level. The programme utilises both taught modules and an extended dissertation to increase your methodological awareness, extend your subject expertise and knowledge base in relation to your chosen theological discipline, and enhance your ability for advanced critical reflection upon Christian beliefs and praxis.

Research proposals for the extended dissertation are welcome in relation to the following disciplines:
 
  • Biblical Studies (especially Biblical Theology; Hermeneutics; Reception History).
  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies (Theology; Spirituality; History; Praxis).

The introductory module Thinking Theologically introduces you to the methodological skills required for engaging in advanced theological study. These skills are practiced through exploration of a topic related to your area of interest and the writing of a dissertation proposal. A second optional module deepens your knowledge within your chosen area of study. The final module assigns a supervisory team to support you in the writing of an independent and innovative extended dissertation within your selected area of theological research.

 
Entry Requirements
  1. An initial degree in Theology and/or Religious Studies; OR

  2. An initial degree in another subject, together with evidence of certificated learning in theology and/or religious studies.

  3. Applicants must hold at least a 2.1 honours degree with a dissertation score in the same category or higher. 

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL internet 90.

Students who wish to be admitted on the basis of non-EU previous qualifications are required to submit a certificate of comparison from NARIC upon which their application will be considered.
 
The college is unable to issue CAS numbers for UK visa applications to international students.

 
Educational Aims of the Programme
  1. To provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop an independent and substantial scholarly contribution in their chosen field of research within the discipline of theology. 

  2. To ensure research students are informed by, and contribute to, broader academic debates about the methods, approaches and practices that underpin the theological disciplines. 

  3. To provide students with advanced theological research training appropriate for Level 7.  

  4. To develop students' self-management, planning, and communication skills.  

  5. To prepare fully those students with suitable interests for further postgraduate research at MPhil/PhD level.
 
Structure of the Programme
The structure of the MRes in Theology can be outlined in three stages.
 
Stage 1: Study of the core module TH7166 Thinking Theologically: An Introduction to Theology and Its Methodologies. Successful completion of this module is a pre-requisite for earning the MRes in Theology award. It must be taken as the first module and is always offered at the beginning of every academic year.
 
Stage 2: Completion of one module from the list of modules available on the programme. The selected module will usually be in the same theological discipline as your final dissertation. With the exception of TH7166, most modules run on alternate years, with one module from each of the five category clusters being offered each year. For example, of the two chaplaincy modules, if Practical Chaplaincy Development is offered this academic year, then Christian Ministry in an Institutional Context will be offered in the subsequent academic year. Modules currently include:
 
  • Biblical Theology
    • God and Israel in Biblical Theology.
    • Spirit and Salvation in Luke-Acts. 
 
  • Pentecostal Studies
    • Pentecostal Spirituality.
    • Pentecostal Theology in Transformation. 
 
  • Mission and Discipleship
    • Towards a Theology of Whole-Life Discipleship and Mission.
    • Contemporary Christian Missions. 
 
  • Christian Leadership
    • Christian Leadership Development.
    • Christian Leadership and Strategic Organisational Transformation. 
 
  • Chaplaincy
    • Practical Chaplaincy Development.
    • Christian Ministry in an Institutional Context. 
 
For more information on the available modules, click here.

Stage 3: Completion of the dissertation module TH7168 commences following successful completion of the two 30 credit modules. The length of the extended dissertation is 25,000 words. The provisional subject and title of the research dissertation are to be submitted as part of the application process, during which a provisional supervisory team will also be assigned.
 
Successful completion of the MRes in Theology requires that students obtain a total of 180 credits, comprising two 30 credit modules plus the dissertation worth 120 credits. Most students are currently part time and usually take two 30 credit modules in the first year, followed by the dissertation in their final year.
 
How to Apply
If you would to apply for this program, please initiate the process by following this link to the postgraduate online application form. Alternatively, please contact our admissions office at admissions@regents-tc.ac.uk in order to obtain a hard-copy or a Microsoft Word version (.doc) of the application form. Such forms should be emailed back to admissions or posted with supporting documentation to The Admissions Officer, Regents Theological College, West Malvern Road, West Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 4AY, UK.

This course is validated by the University of Chester.