University of Chester

Programme Specification
Applied Theology PGCert
2017 - 2018

Postgraduate Certificate

Applied Theology

Applied Theology (Regents)

University of Chester

Regents Theological College

Regents Theological College

Postgraduate (Taught)

Full-time and Part-time

Residential and Open, Work-Based inc.(practice / placement)

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

3 Years

Annual - September



17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Arts and Humanities Theology & Religious Studies

Theology and Religious Studies

Theology and Religious Studies

Friday 25th November 2016

  1. To offer a postgraduate certificate degree programme in Applied Theology in a full-time or part-time mode.
  2. To provide access to postgraduate level study that fulfils requirements for continuing professional development within specific vocational fields, such as chaplaincy or church leadership.
  3. To foster critical and innovative research linked to personal and professional development in one or more key areas for Pentecostal-Charismatic movements: Biblical Theology; Pentecostal Studies; Discipleship and Mission; Christian Leadership; Chaplaincy. 
  4. To develop systematic conceptual understanding in Applied Theology through critical engagement with current research problems and advanced scholarship leading to original and creative contributions to the field. 
  5. To encourage students to act autonomously in planning and implementing a negotiated study demonstrating critical selection and evaluation of a comprehensive range of resources at the forefront of current scholarship, including major publications, refereed research articles and primary sources.

Level 7 PG Cert. students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical, and self-reflexive engagement with the study of Applied Theology (e.g. TH7161; TH7169; TH7171). 
  2. Develop a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights at the forefront of applied theological context and practice (e.g. TH7153; TH7161; TH7164; TH7170; TH7171; TH7175). 
  3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a critical awareness as to how methodological assumptions are related to theological content in the study of theolgy (e.g. TH7178; TH7176; TH7177; TH7161; TH7171). 
  4. Critically evaluate primary and secondary sources, demonstrating critical awareness of the complexity of the relationships between texts, institutions, traditions, philosophy, experience and other sources of authority within theology (e.g.TH7178; TH7176; TH7177). 

Level 7 PG Cert. students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced critical ability in analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of key issues and concepts associated with the study of Applied Theology (All modules). 
  2. Demonstrate an advanced ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, making consistently logical judgments when dealing with contradictory or incomplete information or cutting-edge ideas/practice (e.g. TH7161, TH7170; TH7177). 
  3. Demonstrate an advanced hermeneutical awareness of the complex impact of contextual specificity on interpretation, including the effects of historical, geographical, philosophical, sociological, and linguistic contexts on theological articulation (e.g. TH7178, TH7169, TH7176, TH7177).
  4. Demonstrate research skills which could provide a basis for further postgraduate studies and/or professional development (All modules).

Level 7 PG Cert. students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an enhanced ability for making sound judgments informed by theological and methodological frameworks in complex and unpredictable situations or where available data is fragmentary or contradictory (All modules). 
  2. Demonstrate an advanced ability to critically analyse a wide range of theological, ecclesial and social scenarios and implement original solutions resulting in increased effectiveness in offering religious and social counsel, support and direction (e.g. TH7171; TH7175). 
  3. Demonstrate an advanced ability to creatively apply theologically grounded insights into a range of practical situations and vocational contexts, as well as to consistently assess and respond to the interaction between the theoretical and practical elements of Christian ministry.(e.g. TH7161; TH7164; TH7170, TH7175).

Level 7 PG Cert. students should be able to:

  1. Confidently display professional competence in academic or professional communications to both specialist & non-specialist audiences as appropriate (All modules).  
  2. Fully accept accountability for achievement of group and personal outcomes and the communication of such to relevant audiences (e.g. TH7161; TH7164).
  3. Evaluate their own performance and that of others showing in-depth awareness of professional expectations/requirements and substantial critical insight (e.g. TH7161; TH7164; TH7171).

For the PG Certificate in Applied Theology the structure is:

  1. Any two optional modules.


The following module combinations will allow students to specialise in a particular field of study.

  1. Biblical Theology: TH7176 God and Israel in Biblical Theology and TH7178 Spirit and Salvation in Luke-Acts.
  2. Pentecostal Studies: TH7153 Pentecostal Spirituality and TH7177 Pentecostal Theology in Transformation.
  3. Mission and Discipleship: TH7175 Towards a Theology of Whole-Life Discipleship and Mission and TH7169 Contemporary Christian Missions.
  4. Christian Leadership: TH7161 Christian Leadership Development and TH7164 Christian Leadership and Strategic Organisational Transformation.
  5. Chaplaincy: TH7170 Practical Chaplaincy Development and TH7171 Christian Ministry in an Institutional Context.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
TH7153 7 Pentecostal Spirituality 30 Optional
TH7161 7 Christian Leadership Development 30 Optional
TH7164 7 Christian Leadership and Strategic Organisational Transformation 30 Optional
TH7169 7 Contemporary Christian Missions 30 Optional
TH7170 7 Christian Ministry in an Institutional Context 30 Optional
TH7171 7 Practical Chaplaincy Development 30 Optional
TH7175 7 Towards a Theology of Whole life Discipleship and Mission. 30 Optional
TH7176 7 God and Israel in Biblical Theology. 30 Optional
TH7177 7 Pentecostal Theology in Transformation 30 Optional
TH7178 7 Spirit and Salvation in Luke-Acts 30 Optional

Postgraduate Certificate 60 credits



The academic ability, motivation and potential of a student required for entry to the programme can be established from a number of forms of evidence:

  1. An initial degree in Theology or Applied Theology, and/or Religious Studies.
  2. An initial degree in another subject, together with evidence of certificated learning in Theology and/or Applied Theology and/or Religious Studies or substantial related experience.
  3. A non-graduate qualification plus substantial professional experience in theology or ministry, evidenced in a summary of non-certificated and experiential learning. 

Applicants will be interviewed. 

Students who wish to be admitted on the basis of non-EU previous qualifications are required to submit a certificate of comparison from NARIC upon which their application might be considered. For students whose first language is not English, and who have not previously studied in English to Level 3 or above, the normal requirement will be IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 575, and equivalent.   

The Theology and Religious Studies Benchmark Statement, published by the QAA in 2000 and revised in 2007 and 2014, details the range of subject knowledge (TRS Benchmark 3.1), the qualities of mind (3.2), and generic skills acquired and developed in TRS degree programmes. Appendix A of the subject Benchmark Statement states that a Master’s degree in theology and religious studies is awarded to students who have demonstrated these Graduate standards as well as the more specific standards set out for MA programmes. Level 7 modules on the PG Certificate in Applied Theology build on and extend the benchmarks developed in TRS BA degree programmes, and are in line with the current MA draft benchmarks.

The programme equips students with an ‘expanded range of research and study tools’ (A4.3) through a range of optional modules. Students cultivate appropriate knowledge of research methods and ethical research (A4.2, A6.1) and are required to demonstrate an advanced ability to use primary and secondary sources. Students to extend these skills allowing for broadness of scope both in terms of disciplines and theories, and in terms of religious traditions. Field work skills (developed in modules such as TH7164, TH7169, TH7170, TH7175) encourage students to integrate theoretical literature with practice (A6.1) and to critically reflect on their own position. Independence and originality of research is encouraged as students design their own projects, innovatively apply methodologies and research tools to new contexts and research problems; and form their own – sometimes original – conclusions.

At level 7 a wide range of learning and teaching methods are adopted. The course offers an integrated programme of lectures, seminars and tutorials, together with opportunities for individual consultation with the module lecturer. Students are expected to dedicate up to 50 hours for directed prior reading as assigned by module leaders. Lectures are intended to develop students’ existing knowledge base introducing them to the critical research problems and methodological frameworks needed for them to develop their own ideas and arguments. It will be the responsibility of the tutor to facilitate discussion and interaction within the group.  During the periods of modular instruction, guidance will be offered for the on-site research and development that will occur during non-contact occasions.

Each module consists of 25 hours residential teaching, taken as two-day couplets over consecutive weeks according to an annually devised and publicised module calendar from September-May each academic year. In total, students are entitled to 30 contact hours per module. Students will have access to module leaders and tutors via face-to-face contact or electronic forms of communication as they prepare their research projects. Students are expected to be able to compile a substantial research paper for each module they complete, according to the appropriate methodology for the theological discipline and research topic they are addressing.

Assessments types include: critical book reviews (TH7151; TH7176; TH7177); journal article research papers (all modules); critical self-reflective paper (TH7161; TH7171; TH7153); empirical survey and analysis (TH7175). While the module lecturer may allow students to submit their own suggested research paper topics, the final decision on the titles for module papers remains that of the lecturer in consultation with the Dean of Postgraduate Studies.

In terms of formative assessment, students will be required to submit a full draft of the research paper for the first module they undertake by a specified deadline, which will be marked by the lecturer, with a provisional grade being indicated.  They will also be entitled to view the turnitin report on their initial draft submission. This will enable students to submit a finalised improved draft.  Students will not be permitted to present the latter if initial draft papers have not been first submitted and marked. 

Prior to the commencement of the modular programme, Regents offers a short residential orientation for all new students. The orientation incorporates general matters relating to: library usage and resources; access to the Regents and Chester portals; financial administration; campus operations and facilities; social and devotional life on campus. An introduction to postgraduate study is also provided with guidance being offered on matters such as: the nature of research at Level 7 including learning criteria; critical research skills for postgraduate study; academic malpractice; explanation of student portal resources including module descriptors, study guides, assessment questions, pre-reading guidance, and lecture notes; access and expectations regarding academic and administrative staff; module choice; programme handbooks; ethical approval procedures.

This programme of study will appeal to graduates in theology, in particular those from Pentecostal-charismatic backgrounds, Christian ministers and workers, educated laity involved in Christian work in a voluntary or non-professional capacity. 

The programme may be used for personal and academic development, continuing professional development, and by some for initial ministerial training or continuing ministerial education. Students on this programme are often engaged in lay or ordained ministries - the study equips them theologically and practically and the awards signal professional ministerial achievement.

The programme offers initial training and experience in extended academic research and therefore prepares graduates for further postgraduate work at level 7.

Modules in the programme offer opportunities for addressing questions of gender, sexuality, race and religious identity. There are no confessional requirements for entry to or success in the programme.

Back - to previous page  Print - launches the print options panel