You will study two core modules:
This module provides an introduction to the study of graduate-level Theology and to research in this field.
History of Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism
This module concentrates on the origins, history and development of Evangelicalism in different parts of the world. There is a particular emphasis on the theological and historical precedents to Pentecostalism in late 19th- and early 20th- century Evangelicalism and the significance of Pentecostalism to global Christianity.
MA and Diploma students will also choose four optional modules, while Certificate students will choose one optional module. You will choose from a range which typically includes:
Pentecostal/Charismatic Theology in Context
This module examines key theological issues relating to the global Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. Particular attention is given to the subjects of spirituality, mission, culture and society, and globalisation. Contextual and multi-disciplinary approaches to Pentecostal and Charismatic studies will inform the theological reflection.
Contemporary Theology of the Holy Spirit
This module will consider the theological distinctives of contemporary Evangelicalism, tracing their historic roots and practical outworking today.
Evangelical and Pentecostal Approaches to Music and Worship
This module will look at the growth and development of worship in the Evangelical and Pentecostal movements since the 1970s and include consideration of the theology of music and worship and a historical survey, as well as a discussion and analysis of contemporary practice.
Evangelical and Pentecostal Hermeneutics
This module will examine the use of the Bible in the Evangelical and Pentecostal/Charismatic traditions, highlighting similarities and differences between their approaches to and appropriation of the biblical text.
World Christianity in the 20th Century
This module studies the enormous changes in the nature and demography of world Christianity from the time of the missionary movement and the Second Evangelical Awakening in the 19th Century to the end of the 20th Century, with particular focus on schisms and denominational histories, including Roman Catholicism, the Protestant churches, non-conformist and evangelical churches, African and Asian independent churches, and Pentecostalism. Attention will also be given to globalisation and the relationship between Christianity and society.
Sociology of Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism
This module studies Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism from a sociological perspective. Attention will be given to the ways in which sociologists conceptualise Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism. It will then examine how sociologists have studied these movements using empirical research methods and social theory for explanations. The beliefs, practices, attitudes, and demographics of Evangelicals and Pentecostals, and the organisations that support the subculture are discussed. Finally, the relationship between global society and Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism will be a particular focus.
Alternatively, you may select up to two of your optional modules from our other distance learning programmes in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion – MA Philosophy of Health and Happiness and MA Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. The choice includes:
- God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life
- Global Bioethics
- Philosophy of Health and Happiness
- Philosophy of Cognitive Science