Recognised postgraduate qualifications reflect advanced professional training or specialist knowledge and ability. At Mattersey Hall, we are committed, not only to the next generation of Christian leaders, but also, to the support of those currently involved in Christian leadership; and we hope our postgraduate programmes might figure as part of your continuing professional development: building and refreshing skills, offering new insights, and discussing, researching and evaluating new ideas.
These days more and more people are enrolling on postgraduate courses. Recognised postgraduate qualifications reflect advanced professional training or specialist knowledge and ability. At Mattersey Hall, we are committed, not only to the next generation of Christian leaders, but also, to the support of those currently involved in Christian leadership; and we hope our postgraduate programmes might figure as part of your continuing professional development: building and refreshing skills, offering new insights, and discussing, researching and evaluating new ideas.
We offer the following postgraduate programmes:
The MA in Biblical Studies, The MA in Practical Theology and The MA in Missional Leadership (MAML)
Our MA programmes all require the completion of five 20-credit taught modules – usually examined by an essay of 4,500-5000 words – and an 80-credit Dissertation of 18,000 words. All students study a compulsory Research Methods, Perspectives and Resources module, and four others. Modules for the MA in Biblical Studies and the MA in Practical Theology are delivered in intensive teaching blocks in September and January. The usual mode of study is part-time: completing the five taught modules and the Dissertation over two years, though it can be done full-time in one year (September to September). Modules for the MAML are delivered in a series of residential teaching weekends spread over two years, with the Dissertation taking a third year. The MAML can only be studied part-time.
All of our MA programmes have two main entry routes.
The first route is with a recognised Bachelors degree in Theology or a theology- related subject. We would normally expect applicants to have achieved second-class honours or above.
The alternative route is for those without formal qualifications, but who have at least two years senior leadership experience in a church or mission context. Those admitted via the alternative route will normally be required to submit an essay to demonstrate suitability for the programme. The MA in Biblical Studies also requires a level of competence in one or more biblical language. Tuition in Greek or Hebrew as preparation for the MA in Biblical Studies is available. Please contact us for more details.
The MA in Practical Theology offers a wide range of modules – including biblical studies, studies in Pentecostal history and theology, and studies focusing on mission. It is particularly suitable for those who want to add to and develop their knowledge and skills in practical areas of theology, whilst also giving the opportunity for more academic study.
The MA in Biblical Studies gives students the opportunity to engage with Old and New Testament texts, and issues of biblical interpretation. It will appeal to those who want to add to and to develop their exegetical, hermeneutical and theological skills; and provides an ideal introduction to advanced biblical studies for those hoping to go on to doctoral studies.
The MA in Missional Leadership (MAML) is our premier professional qualification for contemporary Christian Leaders. It deals with issues such as mentoring, personal development, organisational growth, advanced leadership skills, change management, and related issues. This programme is designed particularly to provide continuing professional development for those already involved in Christian Leadership.
The DMin is a doctoral-level professional qualification and will appeal to those who are already in Christian Ministry and who want to do serious research into a ministry- related issue. The DMin is made up of a combination of taught modules, and a 50,000-word dissertation in the student’s chosen area of research – which will be defended in an oral examination (or ‘viva’).
Study for the DMin is normally part-time over 6 years. Students will typically study six 20-credit Masters level modules (chosen from the modules available for the MA in Practical Theology and MAML) in their first two years, followed by four modules at Doctoral level – Research in Ministry (20 credits), a literature review (20 credits), a publishable article (40 credits), and a detailed dissertation proposal (40 credits) – in years three and four. These are in preparation for the Dissertation, which is the main focus of the DMin, and which is done in years five and six of the programme.
For students with an appropriate Masters degree, it may be possible to transfer credits for most of the first two years.
The programme has the same entry routes as our MA programmes: those with a recognised first degree in Theology or cognate subject – though for admission to the DMin programme this will normally be upper second (or above); and those with at least 2 years senior experience in a church or mission context. Because the Dissertation plays such an important part in the DMin, candidates will be expected to have a clear general idea of their proposed area of research, and this will be discussed at an initial interview.
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
These degrees are examined entirely by dissertation and oral examination (‘viva’); there is no taught component. The MPhil dissertation has a maximum length of 60,000 words and is expected to be a critical, in-depth study of an appropriate research topic, using appropriate methodologies, which makes a contribution to knowledge. The PhD dissertation has a maximum length of 100,000 words. It, too, should make an independent and original contribution to knowledge, and be of publishable quality.
All students (even those who want to go on to complete the PhD) will be registered, initially, for the MPhil. For PhD candidates, there will be a formal upgrade procedure after two years. The minimum registration period for the MPhil is two years part-time (1 year full time); and for the PhD is four years part-time (2 years full time), though in both cases the typical time taken is longer.
At Mattersey Hall we support our MPhil and PhD students with regular supervisory sessions. Our faculty can cover a range of research topics. Please contact us to talk about your particular research interest.
The library at Mattersey Hall contains a rich variety of Pentecostal and charismatic publications designed to assist in research in these areas. In addition the college’s Donald Gee Research Centre (Re-opening in 2014 after renovations) gives access to a unique range of valuable archival documentation spanning the twentieth century; it is particularly strong on the early years of Pentecostalism in the UK.
To apply for the MPhil programme applicants should normally have an upper second-class honours degree in a subject related to the proposed area of research. Those who are expecting to upgrade to a PhD will normally be expected to have, in addition, a relevant Master’s degree. Applicants will also be expected to submit a proposal, giving details of the research project.
The various modules involved in these programmes can be viewed here: