The Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies prepares people for ministry through participative learning, faith formation, theological reflection and practical pastoral experience. At the heart of the MPS is the engagement between theology and ministry. The programme includes the study of topics relevant to pastoral theology and ministry including all aspects of theology, Sacred Scripture, contemporary culture, supervision and communications.
The aim of the Pastoral Theology programme is to form and prepare people for ministry. In order to achieve this, the course aims:
to study and reflect on Christian life and ministry, both individually and corporately in the Christian tradition
to combine pastoral theology and the acquisition of skills with supervised experience in pastoral placements
to deepen an understanding of the complementarity that exists between the ordained ministry and the full or part-time lay pastoral ministry in the Christian community
to develop reflective, pro-active and evaluative skills through theological reflection, so as to enable students to relate theology and ministry to contemporary culture
to develop and facilitate the on-going formation of people with management skills, including responsibility and accountability appropriate to pastoral ministry
Programme of Study
The Masters Degree specialising in Pastoral Theology is a two year programme. The first year is a taught programme consisting of seven core modules and two elective modules. Course work includes group sessions, lectures, presentations and interactive seminars. While classes are normally on Monday and Tuesday of each week, students may be required to attend courses and seminars that are only available outside these times. In the second year the student completes one unit of Clinical and Pastoral Education (CPE) and a dissertation / project on an issue relevant to pastoral theology.
Clinical and Pastoral Education
This is a professional education for ministry for pastoral carers in a hospital setting. The course includes development of self-understanding and the foundation for the practice of pastoral care. CPE is a twelve-week, full time course which students take in the second year.
Mid Course Review
At the end of the first year the student, with representatives of the pastoral theology department, reviews her/his work and submits a proposal for their Masters Dissertation/Project. This facilitates the on-going development of the student, his/her potential to satisfactorily complete the degree and show a readiness for ministry.