The MTh is delivered through the Faculty of Theology and Religion and is taught together by those colleges in Oxford that prepare men and women for ordination in a variety of traditions.
It is a stimulating group, comprising both those preparing for Ministry in Baptist, Anglican, and occasionally other denominations, who already have a theology degree, those engaging in further ministerial development and those seeking a course to enhance lay ministry or their career development.
The MTh course may be taken either full-time in two years, or part-time in three or four years, or in a combination of full- and part-time. The MTh has classes on Friday mornings for the first year shared with others across the University taking the MTh. Subsequently there is more emphasis on individual study guided by a tutor
In Part One (the Postgraduate Diploma) students take four modules, each assessed by a 7,000 word essay. They must study Doctrine, Context and Practice, and submit an Experiential Project with theological reflection based on a placement experience. They then take two other modules of their choice from a list including the use of the Bible, spirituality, worship, ethics, mission, inter-faith issues, ecclesiology, science and faith, sociology, and psychology.
In Part Two students submit their dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words on an approved subject of their choice which may, or may not, be based on work submitted in Part One. Successful completion of the MTh can lead to doctoral work for suitable candidates.
The entrance requirement for the MTh is normally a theology degree with a mark in the upper 2:1 category, but other options are possible, such as an undergraduate degree in a different subject and a diploma in theology.
For more information on the content of the MTh, contact Dr Nicholas Wood: firstname.lastname@example.org.