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                             Programme Specification

1. Qualification                                    2. Programme Title
                                                    Postgraduate Programme in Applied Theology
MTh with lesser awards of PG Diploma and
                                                    (Pastoral Practice or Linguistics and Cross-
PG Certificate
                                                    Cultural Studies)

3. Programme Type

Part Time (Over Three Years) Modular with Dissertation Component

4. Main Purpose and Distinctive Features of the Programme

Main Purpose:
To provide a cohesive programme of study which develops theological and biblical knowledge
and the skills and competence necessary for effective Christian pastoral ministry at an advanced
level. To enable students to develop a critical awareness of the relationship between their
context of ministry and their theology by interaction with other disciplines of study and by a
process of reflective practice.

Distinctive Features:
Three year distance learning programme specialising in the field of Pastoral Theology.
Required coursework includes a balance between various elements of:
i)       distance learning by specific course books, readings and readers, personal research and
a structured workbook related to the students’ ministry.
ii)      Area tutorial/seminar work in a local group under the guidance of a suitably qualified
iii)     Active participation in residential schools.
iv)     A process of continuous assessment related to the specific professional/ministerial
practice of the student. Students are expected to have formal theological training and at least
five years in relevant work experience in some form of Christian leadership ministry. Students
are encouraged, through a carefully designed workbook, to reflect critically on all aspects of
their experience and ministry in order to improve their professional/ministerial practice.
The programme consists of two parts: the first two years are a modular taught programme, the
final year consists of a dissertation. Students successfully completing 60 Credits are eligible for
a PG Certificate, students successfully completing 120 Credits are eligible for a PG Diploma.

5. What a Graduate Should Know and be able to do on Completion of the Programme
To gain the qualification the student will have demonstrated I) subject knowledge and
understanding ii) cognitive skills iii) discipline-related practical and professional skills and iv)
other general skills and capabilities in the learning outcomes for modules within the programme.
i) Knowledge and          ii) Cognitive Skills     iii) Subject-specific    iv)
understanding in the                               practical\professional   General\transferable
context of the subject                            skills                    skills
A knowledge of           Reflect theologically    Identify the              Having acquired
relevant literature      on the nature and        distinctiveness of the    advanced skills in
related to the nature    practice of Christian    ministry/ professional    research to develop
and practice of          Pastoral Ministry or     activity in which         strategies for
Pastoral Theology; or    Bible translation and    he/she is involved;       appropriate change in
Linguistics and          or literacy work in                                the practice of
                                                  Assess critically their
Cross-Cultural           the light of Biblical                              Pastoral Theology; or
                                                  chosen field of
studies                  Hermeneutics;                                      Bible translation
                                                  mission/ministry and
                                                                            and/or literacy work;
A knowledge of           Reflect theologically    suggest
theories,                on the nature and        methodologies to          The skills of a
methodologies and        practice of Christian    effect appropriate        reflective practitioner,
disciplines such as      Pastoral Ministry in     change.                   showing an ability to
sociology,               the context of the                                 reflect critically and
Missiology,              Church’s historical                                theologically on
hermeneutics, and        and contemporary                                   personal and
psychology and           engagement with                                    corporate practice
organisational           Indian Society.                                    within the community
studies; or Cultural                                                        of the Church;
anthropology and
                                                                            The ability to reflect
linguistic studies       The ability to reflect
                                                                            critically on the
                         on the nature and
The ability to handle                                                       nature and practice of
                         practice of Bible
Biblical and                                                                the subject using the
                         translation and/or
theological resources                                                       resources of other
                         literacy work in the
critically and relate                                                       disciplines;
                         light of theories of
them in appropriate
                         linguistics and cross-                             Demonstrate an
ways to
                         cultural studies.                                  ability to
                                                                            communicate their
within their cultural
                                                                            studies with peers in
                                                                            their chosen field.
6. Qualities, Skills and Capabilities Profile
The educational and training goals of the programme seek to promote and demonstate the
following qualities, skills, capabilities and values in the student:
A. Intellectual                    B. Practical                       C. Personal and Social
Be able to demonstrate a           Be able to identify the            Be able to reflect
knowledge of relevant              distinctiveness of the             theologically on the nature
literature related to the nature   ministry/mission activity in       and practice of Christian
and practice of Pastoral           which they are involved;           Pastoral Ministry work or
Theology; or practice of                                              practice of Bible translation
                                   Be able to describe the social,
linguistics and cross-cultural                                        and literacy work in the light
                                   organisational, political and
studies;                                                              of Biblical Hermeneutics;
                                   religious context within which
                                   such ministry/mission activity     Be able to reflect
                                   takes place;                       theologically on the nature
Be able to give evidence of
                                                                      and practice of Christian
having acquired advanced           Be able to analyse their
                                                                      Pastoral Ministry or practice
skills in research to develop      ministry/mission activity and
                                                                      of Bible translation and
strategies for appropriate         its context in order to identify
                                                                      literacy work in the context of
change in the practice of          and evaluate the strengths and
                                                                      the Church's historical and
Pastoral Ministry; or practice     weaknesses of their own
                                                                      contemporary engagement
of Bible translation and           practice;
                                                                      with Indian society.
literacy work
                                   Be able to interact with
Be able to draw from a range       different models of
of knowledge, theories,            ministry/mission activity as
methodologies and disciplines      well as with their own peers
(such as sociology,                and colleagues within their
anthropology, psychology and       own mission agency/church
organisational studies) in         denomination;
order to reflect critically on
                                   Be able to effect appropriate
the nature and practice of
                                   change in their practice of
Pastoral Theology or practice
                                   ministry based on their
of Bible translation and

7. Main Subjects, Levels, Credits and Qualifications
All subjects are assessed at Level M for the award of MTh:
Title                                                                            Code          Credits
Core Courses: Hermeneutics Strand
Hermeneutics and Exegetical Method                                               BS011         15
Hermeneutics: Bible, Culture and Context                                         ZZ001j        15
Core Courses: Social Analysis Strand
Mission and Sociology                                                            ZZ002j        15
Understanding the Indian Religious and Cultural Context                          PT203         15
Core Courses: Research
Dissertation Course                                                              MA301         60
Specialist Courses (Pastoral Practice)
Applied Organisational Studies                                            PT105       15
Personal and Social Psychology                                            PM204       15
Guided Option Courses
Christian Ethics                                                          PT106       15
Liturgy.                                                                  PT205       15
Specialist Courses (Linguistics and Cross-Cultural Studies)
Phonology                                                                 AL107       15
Sociolinguistics                                                          AL108       15
Morphology and Syntax                                                     AL109       15
Survey methodology                                                        AL110       15
Literacy Principles                                                       AL 206      15
Cultural Anthropology                                                     AL207       15
Translation Theory and Practice                                           AL208       15
Discourse Analysis                                                        AL209       15

8. Assessment
i) Main Features of the Programme’s Overall Assessment         ii) Methods of Assessment
The PG Diploma stage of the programme (described as Part       The specific forms of
One) represents 120 Credits, the dissertation stage of the     assessment used in this
programme (described as Part Two) represents 60 Credits of     programme are: short (2500
the overall programme.                                         word) essays; standard (3,000-
                                                               5,000-word) essays, and a
                                                               dissertation (20,000). End of
The specific Credit value of courses and forms of assessment   year examinations are not
are detailed in the course outline schedules which have been   required on this programme
included in this document.                                     which relies upon continuous
                                                               assessment of coursework.
                                                               A schedule of assessment has
                                                               been included in the course

9. Benchmark Statements
(i) List the QAA Benchmark Statement consulted as part of the programme design process
No benchmarking statements were to the best of knowledge available to be consulted in the
original Validation Document. Subsequently QAA Benchmarking Academic Standards, Subject
Statements, (Phase 2), March 2002 were referred to but no particular Subject Statement
pertained at the postgraduate level in this discipline area.

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