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Chaplaincy Studies: Military Route (MTh)


Course Aims

The MTh Chaplaincy Studies: Military Route offers knowledge and expertise to enable students to contribute more fully to their roles as chaplains to the military through the development of intellectual competence and research skills, alongside deepening reflective practice and enhanced pastoral activity.

Course Description

On the MTh Chaplaincy Studies: Military Route students take a total of 180 credits of modules, consisting of:

  • 100 credits of core modules
  • 20 credits of an option module selected by the student
  • 60 credit dissertation (topic or theme chosen by the student in consultation with academic staff)

The course aims to inform and enhance professional performance through a two-part programme:

Part 1 consists of six essay-assessed modules whose subject matter includes: an introduction to practical theology; the context of military chaplaincy; moral issues for the military.

Part 2 consists of a dissertation of 16,000-20,000 words on a topic of the student’s choice related to their chaplaincy work.

Students will attend four three-day residential schools each year (held in September, January, April and June), with on-line tutorial support for learning at a distance between residentials.

The course is taught with St. Michael's College in Llandaff. For more information please visit their website.

Available Modules

Core modules:

  • RTT201 Practical Theology: Resources and Methods
  • RTT202 Facilitating Moral Thinking and Debate
  • RTT203 Moral Issues in the Context of Military Chaplaincy
  • RTT205 The Context of Chaplaincy
  • RTT206 Perspectives and Skills in the Military Environment

Optional modules:

  • RTT143 Independent Learning Project
  • RTT145 Faith, Belief and Spirituality
  • RTT151 Critical Reflection on Practice
  • RTT208 Models of Chaplaincy in Practice
  • RTT216 Understanding of Mission
  • RTT217 Perspectives on Buddhist Practice

Special Features

  • A postgraduate, post-experience course directly tailored to the distinctive needs and ministry of chaplains to the military (MoD, Navy or RAF);
  • Provides the opportunity to meet and study with chaplains from other sectors;
  • Delivered in an ecumenical collegiate environment where study, worship and reflection belong together;
  • Integrates a multi-faith perspective in all teaching and discussion;
  • A three year-programme offered via four short residential schools per year with individually directed personal study.

Entry Requirements

The course is suitable for chaplains (lay or ordained, and from different faiths) working in the military sector. Those undertaking the course will be involved in some kind of professional chaplaincy, on a full or part-time basis. Students are encouraged to write to the department explaining their particular area of interest and asking for further details before submitting a formal application.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Contact Information

Name: Tina Franklin, Course Administrator

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2083 8009

Email Address: Tina.Franklin@stmichaels.ac.uk 

Website: http://www.stmichaels.ac.uk/chaplaincy-studies-courses-mth.php

Name: Dr John Wilks

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2083 8004

Email Address: john.wilks@stmichaels.ac.uk 

Website: http://www.stmichaels.ac.uk/

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