Master of Research in Theology


The overall aim of the MRes in Theology is to offer students the opportunity to work closely with a supervisor or supervisory team to produce a substantial piece of independent research in Theology, and to develop wide-ranging research skills within disciplinary and interdisciplinary frameworks.


On completion of studies each student on the MTh programme is expected to have

  1. developed a specialised understanding of a theological area chosen under the guidance of a supervisor;
  2. demonstrated evidence of wide and independent reading;
  3. developed research skills through engaging in an extended supervised dissertation.


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The Master of Theology programme is designed to give students a thorough grasp of presentational, bibliographical, technological, literary and linguistic skills nurtured through compulsory Study Skills modules which lead onto a more personalised four module curriculum designed to reflect the student's particular interests and capabilities, deepened in; a research informed 60 CATS module dissertation


  • Taught modules will normally be assessed by 100% coursework, of 2 assignments, 3,000 words each, with some language modules requiring a formal examination.  The remaining component is the dissertation which is expected to be approximately 20,000 words. The pass mark for each taught module and for the dissertation is 50%. A Re-sit will be available for any taught module, the pass mark to be capped at 50% for classification purposes.   Candidates who do not submit a dissertation, or who are not successful in the dissertation element, may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology.
  • In the case of full-time students, the dissertation shall be submitted no later than 15 September following completion of the written examination requirements. In the case of part-time students, the date of submission shall be prescribed by the Theology Postgraduate Research Committee but shall be not earlier than two and not later than five years from initial enrolment for the MTh course. In exceptional circumstances, the Theology Postgraduate Research Committee may grant an extension of time not exceeding twelve months to students in either category.

The regulations governing the presentation of the dissertation shall be the Regulations for Theses.

The degree of Master of Theology may be awarded either simpliciter, with commendation, or with distinction. To achieve the award of Master’s with commendation, an overall average of 60% or more is achieved.  In order to receive the award with distinction, candidates must achieve an overall average mark of 70% or over, a mark of 70% or over in the dissertation element, and an average of 65% or more in the other modules.

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