“It was great to be together as part of a learning community at the Belfast study block – to see Youth and Community Work in a different context.”




Postgraduate study in Mission and Ministry offers experienced workers and graduate entrants to ministry roles with a flexible qualification that will help sharpen their understanding and enhance their practice.

Developed in consultation with CYM graduates, employers and practice specialists this postgraduate qualification offers the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required for contemporary work with children and families, youth ministry and chaplaincy roles in schools, hospitals and other community contexts.

By integrating postgraduate level learning with CPD opportunities it is also a practical way to keep your professional knowledge and skills relevant and current. This course provides a unique approach to developing the theological thinking, reflective practice, and research skills needed for to shape, lead and develop effective mission and ministry in context.

Studying on this programme will enable you to gain:

  • A theological and theoretical underpinning for mission and ministry in a diverse range of community contexts
  • A flexible range of optional modules allowing you to focus your studies on the groups and contexts that matter to you
  • A critical understanding of community and church based work, and the tools to transform your practice
  • A range of transferrable skills including independent and creative thinking, self-organisation, team-working, communication, project management, etc of interest to employers within and beyond the Christian sector
  • Develop and deepen your experience from previous related qualifications, or provide a foundation for theological reflection on practice

Learning in, and from practice

There is no formal placement element to the programmes, but it is expected that you will be engaged in at least two sessions relevant work per week, as a volunteer or paid worker

This ensure that your learning is grounded in practice, bringing your study to life

Academic and Pastoral Support

Alongside the interactive lectures and seminars, CYM provides study skills training, and ongoing academic advice and support for students, as integral components of the programme.

Course Outline

The first two years of the course are delivered on a rolling basis, so ‘Year A’ will only be delivered on alternate years. Students starting in 2018 will begin with ‘Year A’.

Year A

  • Professional practice, social context and practical theology (30 credits)
  • 30 credits of Optional modules (see below)

Year B

  • Community, Research and Theological Reflection (30)
  • 30 credits of Optional modules (see below)


  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

Select 30 credits in each of the first two years from the following list of youth work or chaplaincy modules:

(All modules are 15 credits, except where indicated)

Practice, policy and politics

Leadership and management

Human development in multidisciplinary perspectives

Learning and informal education

Supervision and Professional Development

Spiritual Care, Spirituality and Child Development

Advanced Chaplaincy Skills

Advanced Paediatric Chaplaincy Skills

Advanced Religious Education

In addition, the following two modules allow you to negotiate further areas of study relevant to your context:

Theological themes in professional practice and ministry (30 credits)

Negotiated Study of Professional Practice (15)

VALIDATED BY: University validated

COST: YR1 £2500, YR2 £2500, Yr3 £1500 (plus £500 per year for 2 years for JNC)

DURATION: PGcert 1-2 years, PGDip 2-3 years, MA 3-4 years part time

Entry Requirements

  • BA Honours degree at 2:1 or equivalent experience/ prior learning
  • At least three years experience in ministry, as a volunteer or paid staff
  • Completion of safe to practice checks (Enhanced DBS)


PG Certificate, Diploma or MA
in Professional Practice and Practical Theology

(Specialisms available)

Where can I study?

Two study block weeks in East Midlands (October and March) and termly study days in East Midlands



CYM Postgraduate Studies