Urban studies

MA in Theology (Urban Mission)

What is it about
Urbanisation has long been recognised as a central feature of the process of modernization. It has also attracted the interest and concern of evangelical Christians who have a long record of compassionate, holistic missionary service in urban contexts around the world. The Scottish School of Christian Mission is linked historically to this tradition. Its present location at the heart of a major city which witnessed significant initiatives in urban theology and mission in the nineteenth century places it in an ideal situation for the development of this programme.

Why study this programme?
• Unique blend of a robust academic theology and practitioner-based learning.
• Designed throughout for the reflective practitioner.
• Strong emphasis on interdisciplinary studies.
• Taught input from academic specialists and practitioner specialists.
• Cohort-based learning drawing on the expertise of participating practitioners.
• Serious engagement with biblical studies, but equally concerned with contextual learning and application.

What are the course aims and outcomes?
Students will be able to describe, analyse and critique a wide range of theological disciplines, beliefs and practices in a creative and constructive fashion. The MA Theology has five main goals:
• To offer the opportunity to study in the student's own context and as part of their working life.
• To develop expertise in the application of theology with practical challenges.
• To acquaint students with different approaches and methods.
• To help develop experience and abilities in comprehension, analysis, reflection, critical thinking, oral and written communication.
• To equip students for their career, further academic study, and life-long learning.

Where does it take place?
This Masters level programme is designed so that students can stay in their local context of ministry, service or work while gaining an advanced degree. Research, learning, reflection and practice are built around intensive residential weeks that are generally held in January and May each year. The student’s own context is a key part of their study.

Academic Validation and Professional Recognition
The programme is delivered in partnership with Nazarene Theological College and validated by the University of Manchester. As such it is an internationally recognised qualification.

Next point of entry September 2018
Length: up to 3 years part-time
Location: Glasgow and Manchester