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Changing Church in Scotland

MA in Theology (Transforming Leadership)

What is it about?
Many Christian leaders understand that the context(s) in which they serve are undergoing deep and lasting change. They want to take the congregation and/or organisation that they lead through processes which will help them to respond appropriately to this. They are interested in understanding the changing socio-cultural context and in developing the skills and capacities to lead these change processes.

This MA pathway is intended for those who have some experience of leadership as Christians in churches, charities or other organisational contexts, on which the learning and study process can then build. It is characterised by a strong emphasis on reflective learning based on this prior experience and on peer learning. Students will be able to integrate this reflective learning with new knowledge and apply it to new situations. They will practice this during the programme by leading a process of change and reflecting on the outcomes and personal learning achieved during this process.

Why study this programme?
• Designed for those with some experience in Christian leadership, who want to grow and develop their skills in this area.
• Special features include the design and implementation of changes during the programme, and reflection and learning thereon.
• An emphasis on the development of practical leadership skills, integrating these with the best current thinking about leadership.
• Course leaders include those with long experience of leadership in a variety of different contexts.
•This programme is designed to help you bring about change and grow as a leader in your current context.

What are the course aims and outcomes?
On completion of the course, the student will have achieved the following:
• Detailed and critical reflection on the contextual factors driving change in their situation.
• A careful understanding of leadership and people management and of how organisations work.
• The ability to develop an appropriate model of change for their context and to demonstrate learning drawn from the implementation of that change.
• The ability to reflect theologically on their own practice of leadership and the effect they have on those they lead.
• The integration of current theory with models of best practice and personal learning in order to develop an informed and effective practice in leadership.

Placement options
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.

Additional information on the Nazarene Theological College submission process


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

Fees In brief, student fees for 2017/18 are as follows: Tuition fees of £4950. We will provide a bursary of £980, equal to 20% of these fees, to Scottish-domiciled students who make their initial enquiry through this website.