MA Christian Studies

MA Christian Studies


The College of WFC  MA Christian Studies course is ideal for teachers wishing to enhance their subject knowledge, and also for those working in Christian organisations who wish to gain a recognised qualification. It is also an excellent course for those wishing to study Christianity in its own right.

This part-time distance learning course provides you with a step-by-step approach that gently leads students through an overview of the world of Christianity. Learning resources and contact with tutors and fellow students are provided through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. This enables you, wherever you are in the world, to be part of an internet-based group to study, explore, and discuss Christianity using high quality, stimulating, and academically rigorous materials. This means that study and participation can be fitted flexibly around other commitments.

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Entry Requirements

A good Honours degree at class 2:1 or above.
Skype interview required.
The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
However, because students may come from diverse backgrounds, alternative evidence of aptitude for academic study may be taken into consideration.


Modules include:

Christian Traditions (compulsory)
Learn about key Christian concepts and practices as well as the misconceptions of Christianity. Gain an insight into the history of the development of Christianity and its main sub-traditions.

Christian Prayer and Spirituality
Develop your knowledge of Christian prayer traditions in both theory and practice across a number of different cultures. Consider Western psychological perspectives on Christian spirituality.

Christian Ethics
Gain an understanding of Christian Ethics in both theory and practice across a number of different cultures.

Christian Theology
Learn about Christian theological traditions across a number of different cultures.

Koine Greek Language (numbers permitting)
Develop a solid grounding in Koine Greek language, forming the foundation for further self-study.

Dissertation (for students progressing to the MA)
A significant piece of research into an appropriate area of study.

The MA Christian Studies course is delivered entirely by distance learning. The learning resources and contact with tutors and fellow students are provided on the internet through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

Certificate: One Year
Diploma: Two years
Masters: Three years
Those with a therapy background may be interested in exiting with a Postgraduate Certificate in Christian Studies by pursuing only the Christian Traditions and Christian Prayer and Spirituality modules. To achieve the Postgraduate Diploma, you need to complete four modules over two years. If you then wish to progress to the full Masters, you must complete a dissertation which will take an additional year.

Assessment is mostly through coursework, submitted online. There are non-invigilated timed examinations for the Koine Greek Language module.


We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.


The MA Christian Studies course will provide you with advanced level skills and knowledge related to Christianity, and also forms an excellent basis for those wishing to pursue further academic study in the field.

Graduates can also progress to a PhD or research degree.


Full time

Complete your degree in the shortest possible time and study flexibly – when and where suits you!


You’ll study 9 modules in total (approx. 37 hrs/week).

Part time option one

Study for a degree whilst fitting it around your work, care and other life commitments.


You’ll study 6 modules per year (approx. 25 hrs/week).

Part time option two

Take time to study and spread the tuition fees over a longer period – at no extra cost.


You’ll study 4–5 modules per year (approx. 19 hrs/week).

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