BA Hons Belfast, MA All Nations, PhD Birmingham University
N.B Owing to significant health issues for two key members of the MA Online team, we have taken the difficult decision not to accept students for the usual start in April 2017; the courses will now start in September 2017.
We will also be developing and revalidating the MA programme during the 2017/18 academic year. With this in mind, the College has decided that, just for 2017/18, we will only be offering those courses that can be studied fully online.
This means that only the MTh in Contextual Theology with Mission and the Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary Mission Studies will be on offer. Once the revalidation process is complete, we will be able to outline what courses will be available in future years. We apologise for any disappointment caused by this decision.
Why choose the Masters Online?
Since 1992, the All Nations Masters programme has attracted Christian workers from around the world. It is ideally suited for those who have some years of Christian ministry experience and want to reflect on their practice, but it is an MA Programme validated by the Open University to the exacting UK postgraduate degree standards. In recent years, we have been encouraged by the high ratio of completing students achieving Merit and Distinction awards.
If you are already serving in mission and would benefit from further research and study in contemporary mission issues then the Masters is for you.
It is particularly aimed at those who would like to gain a deeper understanding of the range of issues within the discipline of mission studies. It has biblical, theological, historical, cultural, creative and religious dimensions.
Students will gain a wide grasp of current thinking, trends and developments in global Christianity and will sharpen their missiological understanding of the Bible.
Dr Warren R. Beattie BD, MSc (Non-Western Christianity), PhD (Edin) is the programme leader for the Masters - an ordained minister, who has spent 20 years working in Asia, he has experience in theological education and training students from many different countries. Warren is very interested in mission research and has written and spoken on contextualization and mission studies in Europe and the Asia-Pacific: Warren is the editor of Ministry Across Cultures: Sharing the Christian Faith in Asia; he was editor of the Mission Round Table journal and he has contributed to three volumes of the Globalization of Mission series (WEA); he also speaks Korean and has been invited to participate in Korean-medium mission conferences like the Bangkok Forum and Sorak Forum.
Alongside Warren, other All Nations tutors and visiting lecturers teach on the Masters programme.
All online courses are part-time, so students need to create time to study at least two days/week on average.
MTh in Contextual Theology with Mission (three years):
Year 1 Core Modules
M1 Introduction to Mission, Research and Integration – online interactions supported by skype with some input via recorded PowerPoint.
M2B Biblical Foundations – via skype with residential class. Term 1, Monday mornings, weekly for 10 weeks.
M2T Theological Foundations – via skype with residential class. Term 1, Tuesday mornings, weekly for 10 weeks.
M3 Anthropological Foundations – via skype with residential class. Term 2, Monday mornings, weekly for 10 weeks.
There will be some online interactions for reflection in students’ own time – following our normal online teaching.
Year 2 Elective Modules
M8 Missiological Issues in Contextual Theology – Term 1/2 online materials.
M9 Methods and Models of Contextual Theology – Term 2/3 online materials.
M14 Extended essay on a topic of your choice – Term 2/3 supported by online tutorial with supervisor.
Year 3 Dissertation
M15 Research Methods and preparation of proposal - Term 1 online materials and skype / MA Team interactions.
Writing of Dissertation – with 6 skype meetings providing up to 8 hours supervision with a nominated supervisor.
Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary Mission Studies (one year).
Students will follow the Core Modules as above.
Students who pass the PG Cert would be eligible to go on to do the Diploma and MA in the future, subject to the details of the regulations at that point in time.
For MTh: A BA in Theology or Religious Studies is required.
For PG Cert: There are two entry paths:
An Open University validated PG Cert in Contemporary Mission Studies or MTh in Contextual Theology with Mission.
These two courses are totally online. Some modules will require attendance via Skype, others have online materials to read and interact with. Most modules will require online presentations and interactions with other students.
The MTh lasts for 3 years (plus an introductory period of preparation and pre-reading).
The PG Cert for 1 year.
Year 1: Pre-reading and study skills (from 1st August) followed by class attendance via Skype (from 25th September) for two terms. Online interactions will continue throughout the year but written work will be completed during Term 3. Approximately 10–15 hours each week for 12 months. See Core Modules above.
Year 2 (MTh): pre-reading followed by two Contextual Theology modules, delivered entirely through online interactions and self-study and an Extended Essay on a missional theme. Approximately 10–15 hours of study each week for 12 months.
Year 3 (MTh): Dissertation Module – entirely online involving 10–15 hours of study each week for 12 months.
The pre-reading and study skills phase will begin on 1st August 2017 (classes from 25th September), so the application procedure needs to be completed by then.
Mission Reflection and Integration
Biblical and Theological Foundations
Missiological Issues in Contextual Theology
Methods and Models of Contextual Theology
For more information about the modules please click here.
MTh in Contextual Theology with Mission
PG Cert in Contemporary Mission Studies
For more information about awards please click here.
The total cost per person for the academic year (2017-18) is £2,575
For more information about the breakdown of fees please click here.