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University of Roehampton

Ministerial Theology

UCAS Code: V610

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

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Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Theology and religious studies

This course is ideal for those who are already working in Christian ministry and mission. It gives you the opportunity to develop your intellectual and practical expertise, while continuing to work in your local church or community.

This foundation degree is specifically designed for people who have little or no previous academic experience but who are keen to learn new ideas and skills. There is the option, upon successful completion of the FdA, to study for a further year to gain a BTh honours degree in Ministerial Theology.

All students undertake a long ministry placement for the duration of the Foundation degree. This will normally be at the student's home church where a local mentor will be appointed. Your local mentor will provide support and supervision and they will be someone who knows you and your Christian ministry. Roehampton teaching staff will also visit you in your church.

You will also have a short ministry placement in another church or ministry context, which is carefully chosen in consultation with your local mentor to ensure a rich and valuable experience. The work you do in your local church or community counts towards the credits you will need to successfully complete the course. There are also specially designed study days for evangelists, worship leaders, pastoral assistants and preachers.

You will join a large Ministerial Theology student body, ranging from foundation level to PhD, and benefit from Roehampton's historical roots as an institution with strong connections to the Church. Chapel is held regularly during term and students are encouraged to attend and participate. All of our ministry students become members of our Whitelands College and benefit from the chaplaincy facilities available there.

Teaching takes place out of working hours giving you the space to manage your other commitments. Staff have a wide range of research interests and expertise, but particular specialisms include African Christianity, Christian Education, Congregational Studies, Ecclesiology, Pentecostalism, New Testament and Transnational Churches.

Modules

In your first year, you will develop your understanding of the nature of the Old and New Testament scripture and familiarity with the theory and practice of relating scripture to both the historical and contemporary context. You will also address the question "What is Ministry?" and reflect on your own spiritual journey. Other modules include Navigating Church History and Christian Doctrine.

In your second year, you will begin a ministry placement and continue to develop your ability to observe, describe, analyse and evaluate your own ministry practice. You can develop your understanding of Christian ethics, reflect on how Christians theologise about encounter with other faiths, develop your theology and practice of preaching and explore liturgy and liberty in worship. The Short Ministry Placement puts you in a different ministry context allowing you to experience how other Christian traditions do church.

If you wish to continue into third year, in order to gain a Bachelor of Theology you can investigate the theology and practice of pastoral care, consider how different theologies have developed around the world or learn about the art and science of biblical interpretation - hermeneutics. You can also choose between studying a topic of particular interest to you in-depth as a special essay or undertake a dissertation, where you will produce a sustained piece of theological reflection on an aspect of Christian ministry.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£8,815
per year
England
£8,815
per year
EU
£8,815
per year
International
£8,815
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,815
per year
Scotland
£8,815
per year
Wales
£8,815
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Roehampton

Department:

Humanities

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
41%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
C

After graduation


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Theology and religious studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

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£21,600
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Average annual salary
88%
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Employed or in further education
74%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Teaching and educational professionals
17%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
8%
Other administrative occupations

Theology can actually be a very vocational subject —by far the most common move for theology graduates is to go into the clergy and at the moment we have a serious shortage of people willing to go into what is one of the oldest graduate careers. If you want to study theology but don't want to follow a religious career, then there are plenty of options available. 2015 graduates went into all sorts of jobs requiring a degree, from education and community work, to marketing, HR and financial analysis. Postgraduate study is also popular — a lot of theology graduates train as teachers, or go into Masters or even doctoral study - where philosophy and law are very popular postgraduate subjects of study.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Theology and religious studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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