A course that develops your skills and knowledge for a variety of Christian professions that call for a deep understanding of theology and practice. This course can be completed entirely online for those living further afield.
No formal requirements. Please see entry requirements block below.
Two years for the FdA and one additional year for the BTh. Class sessions Tuesdays evenings online plus Saturdays at our Roehampton campus.
Four years for the FdA and two additional years for the BTh. Class sessions Tuesday evenings online plus one or two Saturdays per term.
There are no formal entry requirements and you will not be expected to have any academic or theological background although, where appropriate, those who have already done some church-related study will be welcome.
Applicants interested in joining the FdA Theology, Mission and Practice are advised to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive additional information and guidance on how to apply for September 2023 entry. All applicants are required to attend an interview.
Why this course
With campus-based and online delivery, our course is specifically designed for people who may already have significant life commitments.
Our staff have a wide range of research interests and expertise including African Christianity, ecclesiology, historical theology, systematic theology, public theology, practical theology and Pentecostalism.
Our historical connections with diverse churches, and the wealth of experience represented in our students and staff make this a rich and invigorating environment for study.
More than just an academic programme, we are a community that studies, worships and grows together.
Course and Module Details
Christian Theology asks the big questions of faith: Who is God? How does God speak in history and among people today? Mission directs us to the world around us, asking us to consider how God’s desire to reach all people informs the way we understand our purpose. And Practice calls us to look at everyday experiences in our vocation, community, and family, reflecting on who we are and what we do as followers of Jesus. In this course, these three strands of academic study unite into the single chord of a transformative experience. Graduates from our programme know how to frame questions and pursue answers in practical, faithful ways. They understand the needs of the world around them, and they are equipped to be effective and reflective Christian practitioners in a variety of professions and contexts.
Watch this short video of Roehampton lecturer and researcher Dr David Clark, discussing the value of higher education to those seeking careers in ministry.
Schedule by year of study
During the first year of study, the objective is to establish a firm foundation through the study of the Bible, Christian Theology and church history. With a constant eye on practice, we’ll equip you with the tools, knowledge and skills you’ll need to effectively study the Scriptures and to explain their meaning to others. And you’ll learn how to see your own beliefs and practices in the context of the church’s 2000 year history.
In the second year of study, your learning in scripture, theology and mission becomes more deeply engaged with Christian practice. As you participate in two professional placements (long and short), you’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills and understanding in real-life settings. Under the supervision of an experienced mentor you’ll grow in your understanding of what it means to be an effective, reflective, and ethical leader. During this second year you will also deepen your knowledge of mission, worship, and a range of other important topics and questions.
After two years, you will have the option of exiting with an FdA (Foundation degree), or you may choose to study for a further year to gain a BTh Theology, Mission and Practice (Bachelor of Theology degree). During this final year, you’ll fine tune your skills as a pastoral worker, writer, researcher, and theologian. Modules explore topics such as world Christianity, pastoral care, Christian education and Christian doctrine in practice. And in your Final Year Project, you’ll have the opportunity to draw upon your learning as you carry out an in-depth exploration of a subject about which you are especially passionate.
For students seeking to graduate with the BTh
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Tuition fees and funding
September 2023 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
September 2023 funding
Graduates from our programme have pursued careers in church ministry, social services, chaplaincy, religious education and Christian charities. Many have also gone on to study at the Masters and doctoral levels.
In order to enhance the development of your skills and experience, at Level 5 you will be given the opportunity to choose a specific programme track from the following options:
- ·Christian Education
- ·Pastoral Ministry & Care
- ·Missional Leadership
Through your professional placements, the final year project, and periodic seminars conducted by professionals working in the field, you’ll have the opportunity to develop the real world knowledge and skills that are essential to success in your area of interest.
Your application to the Theology, Mission and Practice programme begins with an email; please write to us at MTenquiries@roehampton.ac.uk to express your interest.
Once we hear from you, we will guide you through the following steps:
· The pre-interview form: We’ll send you a short form that asks you to tell us about your ministry involvement and faith story.
· The interview: We will contact you to schedule a short online interview with a member of our staff team.
· After these steps have been completed, you will hear from us regarding our admission decision.
· UK Residents: We will direct you to UCAS (University College and Admissions Site) where you will submit additional application information. If you are considering the option of applying for financial assistance through Student Finance England, you will be able to do to so once you have accepted an offer for admission.
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Who Teaches Theology, Mission and Practice?
Dr Richard Burgess
My areas of teaching expertise include Pentecostal theology and practice, Christian education, biblical hermeneutics, and theology of religions/interfaith dialogue.Read More
Dr Richard Burgess
My areas of teaching expertise include Pentecostal theology and practice, Christian education, biblical hermeneutics, and theology of religions/interfaith dialogue. As well as teaching on the FdA/BTh in Theology, Mission and Practice, I am the co-convenor of the MA Theology and Religious Studies programme. Prior to coming to Roehampton, I taught theology in Nigeria. My research interests include Christianity in Africa and the African diaspora, religions and development, and Pentecostal approaches to healing and health. I have published widely on Christianity in Africa and the African diaspora in Britain. My most recent book is titled Nigerian Pentecostalism and Development (2020). I gained my PhD from the University of Birmingham
Dr David Clark
Originally from the United States, I’ve had the opportunity to travel and teach in 35 nations (particularly in Latin America).Read More
Dr David Clark
Originally from the United States, I’ve had the opportunity to travel and teach in 35 nations (particularly in Latin America). My area of academic expertise is historical theology, and I have a particular interest in the way prayer and theological belief have contributed to historical Christian identity formation. Academia is something of a ‘2nd career’ for me, as I have spent most of my adult life in missional leadership. Consequently, I have a deep interest in global cultures, discipleship and organisational leadership. The modules I teach include Theology & Practice of Mission, History of Christian Thought and History of the Bible in London.
Dr Ashley Cocksworth
I’ve been lecturing at Roehampton since 2018. Most of my teaching is in Christian doctrine, and across these modules I’m especially interested in thinking about the relation between doctrine and practice.Read More
Dr Ashley Cocksworth
I’ve been lecturing at Roehampton since 2018. Most of my teaching is in Christian doctrine, and across these modules I’m especially interested in thinking about the relation between doctrine and practice. How is belief expressed in practice? And how does practice shape and is shaped by belief? I research in this area too. I’ve published widely on the theme of prayer, and I’m currently finishing a book on the theme of glorification. My next major book is on joy (which involves thinking theologically about the smile as the embodiment of joy). Before Roehampton I worked in the context of ministerial formation – first in Birmingham and then at Durham University – and have retained an interest in how theology is understood and practised in the life of the churches.
Revd Dr Daniel Eshun
I am an Anglican Chaplain, Dean of Chapel at Whitelands College and Lecturer in Theology, Mission & Practice.Read More
Revd Dr Daniel Eshun
I am an Anglican Chaplain, Dean of Chapel at Whitelands College and Lecturer in Theology, Mission & Practice. My research interests include anthropological, sociological and theological analysis of liturgy, mission, evangelism and nurture in African Churches (Catholic and Protestant), and the interaction between African Traditional Religions, Catholicism, Islam, Pentecostalism and Charismatic movements.
Dr Clare Watkins
I am a Roman Catholic, lay woman theologian, committed to teaching and research in the areas of ecclesioogy, sacramental theology and practical theology.Read More
Dr Clare Watkins
I am a Roman Catholic, lay woman theologian, committed to teaching and research in the areas of ecclesioogy, sacramental theology and practical theology, and with a particular concern for working theologically in ways that contribute to ministerial formation and church life and mission. Having completed my doctorate under the supervision of Professor Stephen Sykes, in 1990, I juggled pastoral and theological work with raising our four children. During this time I was lucky enough to work pastorally as a lay assistant in parish and student chaplaincy ministries, and to develop teaching and research at Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, in the Cambridge Theological Federation, (Vice Principal and Director of Studies) and at Allen Hall, the Westminster Catholic seminary. A major part of recent work has been with the Heythrop Institute
Dr John Moxon
I'm a Principle Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Head of Religion, Theology, Culture and Philosophy. My research interests include early Jewish Christianity and revelatory and other charismatic phenomena in the Graeco-Roman world.Read More
Dr John Moxon
I'm a Principle Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Head of Religion, Theology, Culture and Philosophy. My research interests include early Jewish Christianity and revelatory and other charismatic phenomena in the Graeco-Roman world. I previously taught biblical studies in the Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham and the Assemblies of God training college in Nottinghamshire. I have studied variously at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Durham, as well as at Wycliffe Hall, All Nations Christian College and the Queens Foundation.
Dr R. David Muir
I am Head of Whitelands College, and a Senior Lecturer in Public Theology & Community Engagement. I am a political scientist and theologian.Read More
Dr R. David Muir
I am Head of Whitelands College, and a Senior Lecturer in Public Theology & Community Engagement. I am a political scientist and theologian. My career began as a secondary school teacher in south London where I taught Religious Education and History. I am a former head of research and regional development at the Commonwealth Institute and Home Office adviser on policing, diversity and community relations. I have taught history, theology and politics at a number of UK universities and colleges, including Goldsmiths College, Simon of Cyrene Theological Institute, Canterbury Christ Church University and the Centre for Black and White Christian Partnership.
Dr Andrew Rogers
I am Principal Lecturer in Practical Theology and one of the programme convenors for Theology, Mission and Practice.Read More
Dr Andrew Rogers
I am Principal Lecturer in Practical Theology and one of the programme convenors for Theology, Mission and Practice. Prior to coming to Roehampton in 2009, I had a number of different roles, including computer programmer, youth worker, and Religious Education teacher in secondary schools. I undertook my theological studies at London School of Theology and King’s College London. A significant influence on my theological formation was time spent in cross-cultural mission working with churches in Kenya and Ethiopia. My teaching at Roehampton focusses on equipping students for their journey in Theology, Mission and Practice, through modules such as Introduction to Theological Formation, Engaging Scripture and Theological Reflection on Practice. As a practical theologian, my research interests include how people actually use the Bible, the role of the Bible in practical theology, growth and distinctives of new black majority churches, and the theology and politics of place for faith communities.
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