This Masters in Ministry, Theology and Practice is intended for pastoral professionals, to develop and enhance their abilities in congregational ministry, culturally relevant hermeneutics and preaching, creative approaches to ministry, and freedom of inquiry in theological doctrine.
Why this programme
- Glasgow has a leading reputation—and not just in recent times—for combining critical academic excellence with an awareness of and focus on the wider community in terms of application of theology. We are known for the creativity of our theological programmes, again going back to the early days of Protestant Enlightenment through the Theology and human existence concerns of the previous century to a theology that is properly aware of contexts, ideologies, traditions and source texts, thus ‘hermeneutical’.
- This particular purpose-made Masters, working with professional ministers, is unique in the UK.
- The degree can be undertaken in London or Glasgow.
- This unique programme marks a new phase in nearly three centuries of collaboration between the Dr Williams’s Trust and the University of Glasgow in supporting the development of Christian ministry.
- It is delivered by academics who presently have a strong commitment to and experience of training for Christian ministry.
- It welcomes the diverse practice and backgrounds of ministers and church workers from a number of denominations.
- Applicants from qualifying denominations may be eligible for bursaries from the Dr Williams Trust.
Over two years, you will take:
- Six core courses
Semester 1: September to December
- HOMILETICS & BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS
Semester 2: January to March
- CREATIVE MINISTRY
- RELIGION, THEOLOGY AND CULTURE DIRECTED STUDY (SEMESTER 2)
Semester 1: September to December
- RESEARCH TRAINING - THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES
- BIBLE, DOCTRINE AND FREEDOM OF INTERPRETATION
Semester 2: January to March
- RESOURCING CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRY
Learning and teaching
This programme sustains our historic commitment to offer academic training to those exercising leadership roles in Christian churches through delivering continuing professional development in four key areas:
- equipping for congregational ministry
- culturally relevant hermeneutics for preaching
- creative approaches to ministry and Christian social responsibility
- theological inquiry.
The programme aims to:
- embed missional practice and strategy throughout ministerial practice.
- employ an expanded depth of hermeneutical and theological knowledge, to enrich preaching and generate creative approaches to worship.
- provide skills in congregational studies, organisation, and management relevant for those in Christian leadership.
- enhance reflection on the social and cultural significance of theology and construct a coherent understanding of Christian approaches to social engagement and transformation.
- develop skills in reflective practice and personal reflexivity.
This will be done by means of presentations and written assignments, with teaching input once a month for 5 hours at a time, on four occasions per module, amounting to 20 hours contact time, each over a semester.
Lectures, discussion of texts led by the teacher, presentations by students and summing-up will contribute to formation and stimulate further study, application, reflection and written responses by the students.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
The achievement of a Masters (or even a Certificate or Diploma for those who amass 60 or 120 credits respectively), along with the material covered, the practical wisdom gained and tried in practice will in many cases be crucial for consolidating and enhancing ministry in a current position or for helping to open up new directions.
Fees & funding
Tuition fees for 2021-22
- Full-time fee: £9000
- Part-time fee: £1000 per 20 credits
International & EU
- Full-time fee: £19350
Please note the programme is delivered on a part-time basis only. Full-time fees displayed for budgeting purposes only
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
- Registration/exam only fee: £170
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
Founded in 1983 in memory of William Barclay, minister and theologian in Glasgow. Offered to a suitably qualified graduate student of Theology, from a university outwith the United Kingdom, who proposes to pursue full-time study or research in the University of Glasgow in a subject falling within Theology and Religious Studies. The scholar will reside in Glasgow and work under the supervision of a member of the academic staff in Theology and Religious Studies.
Available to students from low income and developing countries to support their study of theology, usually at graduate level.
Mullo Weir Travel Award
To enable students of Theology and Religious Studies whose academic studies are specifically related to the language, history, archaeology, literature or cultures of the Middle East to travel to the Middle East with a view to advancing their studies.
Snowdon Masters Scholarships
Snowdon Masters Scholarships give a small number of exceptionally talented disabled people an opportunity to flourish and achieve their true potential.
The scholarship has been designed to identify and accelerate talented disabled individuals through higher education.
The scholarship is aimed at;
- Supporting brilliant students with the ability to create change and influence others
- Provide funding for students with excellence in a field of study, within and beyond academia
- Accelerate disabled students to become leaders and role-models
- Provide opportunity for individuals with the drive and determination to succeed
Please see Snowdon Masters Scholarships website for more details.
CONACyT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) / FUNED Agreement
CONACYT offers a non-refundable scholarship, a monthly stipend and medical insurance of an approximate total of $20,000 USD (in the case of the UK, no medical insurance grant is given since students are already covered by the National Health System) The University of Glasgow offer a 30% discount to all successful CONACyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.
CONICyT (La Comsion Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica de Chile)
The University of Glasgow offers a 25% discount to all successful CONICyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form
We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.
How to apply
To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.
Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.
Important information about your application
Please note that our Online Application is currently being updated to allow September 2021 to be selected as the entry date. In the meantime, you can apply for September 2021 entry for this programme by selecting ‘September 2020’ in the ‘Entry Date’ option and your application will be regarded as an application for September 2021 entry. All applications for this programme received from 1 October 2020 onwards will be considered for September 2021 entry.
As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:
- A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
- A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
- Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
- Two references on letter headed paper
- Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
- Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
- A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.
You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.
For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions
Guidance notes for using the online application
These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form.
If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.
- Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
- Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
- Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
- Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
- Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
- English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
- Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
Reference: Please provide two references. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.
Application deadlines for PG Taught programmes commencing September 2020 have been extended, where vacancies are available:
- International applicants: 10 August 2020 (Exceptions apply for certain high demand programmes.)
- UK/EU applicants: 31 August 2020
Application deadlines for PG Taught programmes now commencing November 2020 have been extended, where vacancies are available:
- International applicants: 28 September 2020 (Exceptions apply for certain high demand programmes.)
- UK/EU applicants: 19 October 2020
Application deadlines for PG Taught programmes now commencing January 2021 have been extended, where vacancies are available:
- International applicants: 27 November 2020 (Exceptions apply for certain high demand programmes.)
- UK/EU applicants: 15 December 2020