Master of Arts in Theology

Master of Arts in Theology

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Course title Master of Arts in Theology
Course code PMATHLPET8
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening (mainly by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator John Berry
Delivered by Faculty of Theology
The Master of Arts in Theology empowers students to develop new insights and ideas as to how academic theology can be in the service of the churches, the world, and wider society. Students will discover that Theology is practical and factual, while animating one’s reasoning and faith journey.

This course seeks to emphasise, above all, the convergence between faith and life, enabling one to be always prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks for the reason for the hope that there is within oneself.

This study-programme is offered on a part-time basis, that is twice a week. This permits the student to study in a flexible manner, while keeping other commitments.

The student will be exposed to various approaches concerning religion, spirituality, society, identity, ethics and popular culture. This programme seeks to present central texts and concepts in Theology as to enable students to obtain an expert ability to interpret, contextualize, and explain its main perspectives.

The areas of studies are divided mainly into Holy Scriptures, Ministry, Comparative Theology (Ecumenism, Inter-religious Dialogue and Dialogue with society), Historical Theology, Systematic Theology, and Ethics. Students choosing this course will become trained in advanced research skills and will network with renowned theologians.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours in Theology or

(b) a Bachelor degree obtained with Category II or better in Theology or

(c) a Bachelor degree in Religious Studies with at least Second Class Honours or with at least Category II.

Preparatory Programme

Admission of applicants under paragraphs (b) and (c) above shall be made conditional on the results of an interview and in such cases the applicants shall be required to successfully complete a preparatory programme of 30 credits obtained with an average mark of 55% or better prior to their registration in the Course.

Preparatory programmes of study shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2018.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

The International Office at UM provides information about admission, English language requirements, and comparability of qualifications. Dedicated personnel assist international students with visas, health tests, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 3,900
Fee per semester: Eur 650

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
Knowledge Understanding

• Develop advanced knowledge in the different ways of reading scripture, the interface between Christianity and Culture Today, as well as of making sense of Christian theological debates,
• Utilize theories and methods appropriate for graduate research in the study of Theology, particularly in areas concerning Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality as well as contemporary issues in Ethics.

Application Understanding

• Relate and apply religious and theological understanding to contemporary issues and problems of human concern,
• Demonstrate critical thinking, analytical, and interpretive skills appropriate for graduate research in Theology.

Communication Skills

• Communicate effectively on issues concerning the recognition and promotion of basic ministerial abilities, the purpose of ministry and its role within the Church, as well as the interpretation of the Bible in the contemporary context,
• Communicate scientifically on Faith and the Public Sphere, particularly on issues related to the promotion of social justice, the credibility of the faith, the meaning of communal prayer and worship, as well as on the necessity of providing pastoral care.
This course caters for students coming from various backgrounds including lay pastoral ministry, missionary work, religious education, teaching, youth counselling, secondary education, music ministry, chaplaincy work, social work, and mediation.
This course is addressed to any person who is:
• pursuing jobs in academia, development work, community-based roles, aspects of welfare, social care and pastoral counselling, or
• interested in research or in ministry.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2018/9.

Last Updated: 28 May 2018

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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