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The MMin is an innovative and exciting programme with a particular focus on the practice of ministry. It shares some of the aims, ethos and course content of the MA in Theology but is distinctive in consisting entirely of taught modules, without a research dissertation.
If you work in ministry (ordained or lay) for any Christian church, this course will offer you an opportunity to deepen and develop your understanding of theology, to enhance your ministerial skills and to engage in rigorous theological reflection on your practice and experience of ministry. The emphasis is on an interdisciplinary and integrative approach. The course will allow you to explore various theological disciplines, to develop practical skills and to form a habit of theological reflection
which integrates theory with practice.
The MMin can be seen in a number of ways: * As an opportunity for continuing ministerial education / in-service training;
* As on-going personal development;
* As a chance to develop new skills;
* As a focus for evaluating your current work;
* As an opportunity to develop new approaches to pastoral ministry;
* As an opportunity to consider the challenges facing the church's life and mission in the twenty-first century.
The structure of the MMin (180 credits) is as follows:
In Part A you will take six taught modules chosen from the MA Theology menu (Part One of MA in Theology). Each module is assessed by a 5,000 word essay or equivalent. These modules will give you an opportunity to cover a wide range of theological subjects related to ministry, and to begin to identify and follow up areas of particular interest. You must take 'Theological Reflection on Ministry' as one of your six module choices, and if you wish to keep open the option of transferring to the DMin (see below) you should also take the 'Study and Research Methods' module as another of your choices.
In Part B you take three further taught modules that are specific to the MMin/DMin programmes. These modules are designed to help you develop your theological reflection skills further and encourage you to make connections between your theological study and the context and practice of your ministry. If you successfully complete Parts A and B of the MMin course, you may choose to leave at this point with the MMin degree or to continue your studies by working towards the Doctorate of Ministry (DMin). The DMin requires successful completion of 180 taught credits of the MMin, and a 50,000 word thesis (180 credits).
Part A Modules (DMin 1A)
* See MA in Theology Part 1 (=MMin Part 1, DMin Part 1A)
* The module MATH1320 Theological Reflection and Ministry is compulsory for candidates progressing to MMin and DMin.
Part B Modules (DMin 1B)
The modules in Part B are all intended, in different ways, to help you draw together the various strands of your study in Part A and to make connections between your academic study and your work in ministry.
You should choose three of the following modules:
* Action Research for Ministry
* DMIN0220 Mission in Context
* DMIN0320 Clinical Pastoral Education
* DMIN0420 Management, Leadership and Ministry
* DMIN0520 Elective Part 1A Module - this is a module taken from Part A, developed at a higher DMIN0820 Action Research for Ministry
* DMIN0920 Studying Congregations
If the student wishes to take the Part 1A Independent Study as his or her option, the student and the Course Leader need to agree a Student Learning Contract in which the learning outcomes, the assessment title and timings for tutorials (if required) are clearly established. The Course Leader will ensure that an appropriate Tutor is assigned to advise on the topic to be studied. It is expected that the student´s work in this module will be at a more advanced level with a specific focus on ministry.
Approved Prior Learning
If you have already completed some work at Master´s level in a relevant subject area, it may be possible to offer you exemption from some or all of the modules in Part 1A. Decisions are made on individual cases by a panel comprising the Course Director and other academic staff of the MA in Theology/MMin/DMin programme. Please contact the Course Director for further information.
Unfortunately, funding is very scarce for postgraduate courses. Some funding is available from external bodies such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The AHRC is funded by a number of sources including the British Academy and the Department of Higher and Further Education and offers support including professional and vocational awards and Studentships in the Humanities. Applications can be made via the Registry in February each year. Occasionally there are University of Wales Studentships available which are equivalent to the funding given by the AHRC, but these are subject to availability. A funding guide is available from the Registry. Most UK students are self-funding and many opt for Career Development Loans.
American and Canadian students can apply for funding via the Federal Student Loan System for their respective countries.
Overseas students may apply for Overseas Research Scholarships if they are intending to study for a full-time MPhil or PhD. Application forms are available in February of each year from the Registry and must be completed and returned to the Registry by the end of April in any given year. If candidates are successful in their application, fees are reduced to that of a home student.