Evangelical and Charismatic Studies MA/Diploma/Certificate

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This programme explores the faith, practices, worship and teaching of Pentecostal/Charismatic and Evangelical communities from a critical academic perspective, which emphasises their global and contextual nature. It provides an excellent preparation for further research in the field, but is also well suited to personal and professional development purposes. You can pursue a range of specialisms and the dissertation provides an ideal opportunity for you to explore your own specific interests in the field.

We also have a distance learning option for this programme - see MA Evangelical and Charismatic Studies MA/Diploma/Certificate (Distance Learning).

Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: MA – 1 year full-time, 2 years full-time; Diploma – 8 months full-time, 16 months part-time; Certificate – 4 months full-time, 8 months part-time

Start date: September

Details

The Pentecostal/Charismatic and Evangelical movements are among the largest and fastest growing traditions within world Christianity and indeed of any faith, representing on some estimates well over half a billion people. Birmingham has a long-standing tradition of studying these movements ranging back over some 40 years, and remains today a world leader in this field of research. Our specialisms include: Evangelical and Pentecostal/Charismatic history; missiology; doctrine; biblical interpretation; worship; and liturgy.

This course provides an excellent preparation for further research in the field but as a standalone course which will be of interest to: people from within these Christian traditions; those who are fascinated by religious phenomena, growth and development; professionals in social policy, education, politics and economics; and the faith groups who engage regularly with individuals and communities from Evangelical and Pentecostal/Charismatic backgrounds.

To achieve the MA, you will study two core modules and four optional modules, which are assessed by essays. To complete the course, you will also produce a 15,000-word dissertation, which allows plenty of opportunity for you to explore your own specific interests in the field. 

To gain a Diploma, you will study six taught modules (as above – two are core, four are optional) and to complete a Certificate-level qualification, you will study three taught modules (two core, one optional). 

Modules

You will study two core modules:

Research Methodology

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.

You will also choose your optional modules 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.

Evangelical Theology in Comparative Perspective

This module will be a reading-based course, focusing on the close reading and comparison of systematic theologies of selected evangelical theologians with non-evangelical ones.

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.

Alternatively, you may select up to two of your optional modules from other programmes in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion. This includes modules in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Religion and Culture, Global Ethics, the History of Christianity, the Philosophy of Health and Happiness as well as Theology and Religion more generally.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are as follows: 

 MA

  • Home/EU: £5,940 full-time; £2,970 part-time
  • Overseas: £13,665 full-time

Diploma

  • Home/EU: £3,960 full-time; £1,980 part-time
  • Overseas: £13,665 full-time

Certificate:

  • Home/EU: £1,980 full-time or part-time
  • Overseas: £6,832.50 full-time or part-time

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Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

University of Birmingham graduates - including those due to graduate in summer 2014 - may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirement is an upper second-class in Theology, Religious Studies or a related discipline, or an upper second-class degree in an unrelated subject with relevant professional experience.

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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

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Learning and teaching

You can study this programme full-time for one year or part-time over two years. Full-time students will take three modules per semester (in semesters 1 and 2) and part-time students will take three modules per year (in years 1 and 2). Part-time classes are scheduled in three 72-hour residentials to ensure the course is as accessible as possible for those with other family, church or work commitments.

As well as the taught modules you take on this programme, the Department of Theology and Religion has a busy programme of research seminars, conferences and workshops which you can attend, so you’ll be able to gain insight from a range of academics and peers from across the department.

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.

Support with academic writing

As a postgraduate student in the College of Arts and Law, you have access to the Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) which aims to help your transition from undergraduate to taught Masters level, or back into academia after time away. The service offers guidance on writing assignments and dissertations for your MA/MSc programme with individual support from an academic writing advisor via tutorials, email and the provision of online materials.

International students can access support through the English for International Students Unit (EISU).

Employability

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

This course will enable you to develop crucial skills, including: professional expertise in critical engagement and analysis; core academic and theological skills such as textual analysis and sustained critical argument and debating abilities; the ability to reflect critically on personal practice; and specific critical insight into the nature of this major tradition of world Christianity. 

You will be equipped for pursuing careers in church-related work; social concern and social policy; youth work; politics and community affairs; education; and for further study in the field. You will also have the opportunity to build key transferable skills such as reflective practice, administration, critical examination and communication, and therefore improve your general employability.