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MTh(Theol)/Postgrad Dip Theol

Academic expectations

Like all Master of Theology programs, this is a second theological degree (whether the first theological degree was a bachelors or masters degree), and so the academic expectations are naturally higher than for your first theological degree.

The MTh(Theol) is pitched at a level which reflects your ability to demonstrate these skills:

  • Understand what is going on in a topic, not just what happened (= 'getting beneath the surface').

  • Read, summarise and discuss quality texts and research which has been carried out up to a doctoral level.

  • Critically evaluate alternative viewpoints, from the basis of an understanding of fundamental issues relating to the topic and the use of primary sources.

  • Cope with contradictory and hostile interpretations.

  • Formulate and express a defensible viewpoint on topics that have been researched.

  • Make evaluative judgments with a high degree of confidence.

  • Formulate questions of importance in a topic.

  • Efficiently identify significant quality texts relating to the topic area and use them critically.

  • Make full and efficient use of library facilities, as well as electronic and internet resources.

  • Present written material in an appropriate format and following a recognised style guide.

  • Write in a way in which points made can be logically defended.

[Adapted from material by John Roxborough.]

If this seems to be a daunting list, don't despair! These are skills we will help you acquire and sharpen, as you bring diligence and discipline to the learning process.



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