MA in Mission and Ministry

Chaplaincy with Children and Young People

Chaplaincy with Children and Young People - Overview

This pathway is for those interested in working in a chaplaincy context. While most chaplaincy roles are in educational institutes, there are broader areas in which chaplains work and this course seeks to equip you for the context that you are most interested in.

locationLocation
Fully Online

attendanceAttendance
Part Time

durationDuration
Typically 3 years

start-dateStart date
14 October 2024

costCost
£7,000*

validated-byValidated by
Birmingham Newman University

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*Year 1 & 2: £3,000 / Year 3: £1,000. Course costs stated are for 2024.

Postgraduate study in Mission and Ministry provides experienced workers and graduate entrants the opportunity to study alongside their ministry roles and gain a qualification that will 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.

Integrating postgraduate level learning with CPD opportunities, the MA is 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 to shape, lead, and develop transformational mission and ministry in context.

Specialist Pathways enable you to target your study and get a named award certificate for that pathway, please see below for more information. You can also study without a specialist pathway, please click here to apply for the non-pathway route.

Studying on the MA in Mission and Ministry will enable you to gain:

  • A theological and theoretical basis for mission and ministry learned across diverse community contexts.
  • Experience working in the groups and contexts that matter to you due to a flexible range of optional modules.
  • A critical understanding of community and church-based work and the tools to transform your practice.
  • A range of transferrable skills for your future career such as: independent and creative thinking, self-organisation, communication, project management, and the ability to work as a team.

Study fully online

All of our teaching takes place online giving you the flexibility to learn in your community – wherever you are in the world.

Learning online includes a mix of scheduled group sessions and other individual work which you can schedule in your own time. This includes zoom lectures, seminars and group work activities, as well as pre-recorded teaching and other flexible activities to complete before attending your next group session.

Typically there is an intensive study block of 3 or 4 days at the start of each module where students explore the topic together, then you fit online activities round your other commitments and optional study group sessions. The exact pattern varies by module.

Students following a specialist pathway route have the requirement for 480 hours of practice over the first two years, usually in a local church, school or other community project to demonstrate competence for the specialist pathway award.

Core modules

Ministry and professional practice in social context
Credits: 30

Chaplaincy with Children and Young People  ✔

Children and Family Work  ✔

Christian Leadership in Context  ✔

Youth and Community Work  ✔

No specialism  ✔

Missional approaches to working with communities
Credits: 30

Chaplaincy with Children and Young People  ✔

Children and Family Work  ✔

Christian Leadership in Context  ✔

Youth and Community Work  ✔

No specialism  ✔

Research project / Dissertation
Credits: 60

Chaplaincy with Children and Young People  ✔

Children and Family Work  ✔

Christian Leadership in Context  ✔

Youth and Community Work  ✔

No specialism  ✔

Pathways and optional modules

The ecology of child and adolescent development
Credits: 15

Chaplaincy with Children and Young People

Children and Family Work  ✔

Christian Leadership in Context

Youth and Community Work  ✔

Teaching, learning and informal education
Credits: 15

Chaplaincy with Children and Young People

Children and Family Work

Christian Leadership in Context  ✔

Youth and Community Work  ✔

Transforming Leadership
Credits: 15

Chaplaincy with Children and Young People

Children and Family Work  ✔

Christian Leadership in Context  ✔

Youth and Community Work  ✔

Patterns and approaches to ministry (e.g. Play, Outdoors Ed, Negotiated)
Credits: 15

Chaplaincy with Children and Young People

Children and Family Work  ✔

Christian Leadership in Context

Youth and Community Work

Spiritual care, spirituality, and child development
Credits: 15

Chaplaincy with Children and Young People  ✔

Children and Family Work

Christian Leadership in Context

Youth and Community Work

Pastoral support, mentoring and supervision
Credits: 15

Chaplaincy with Children and Young People  ✔

Children and Family Work

Christian Leadership in Context  ✔

Youth and Community Work

Critical approaches to chaplaincy in context OR Paediatric Chaplaincy
Credits: 15

Chaplaincy with Children and Young People  ✔

Children and Family Work

Christian Leadership in Context

Youth and Community Work

Specialist Study of Professional Practice (e.g. Supporting Families, RE, Educational Chaplaincy)
Credits: 15

Chaplaincy with Children and Young People  ✔

Children and Family Work

Christian Leadership in Context

Youth and Community Work

Professional and ministerial development (e.g. Leadership, Ministry & PP, Negotiated)
Credits: 15

Chaplaincy with Children and Young People

Children and Family Work

Christian Leadership in Context

Youth and Community Work

Theological themes in mission and ministry (Negotiated)
Credits: 15

Chaplaincy with Children and Young People

Children and Family Work

Christian Leadership in Context

Youth and Community Work


To apply, please either select a Specialist Pathway to find out more or you can also choose to complete the MA without a specialism, giving you the most flexibility in the modules you choose.

Other Specialist Pathways

Children and Family Work

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This pathway was created with those working with children and their families in mind and is ideal for those working both in and outside of the church.

Christian Leadership in Context

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This pathway is for those developing their practice in leadership in churches or other contexts. If you’re leading in a context not covered by different specialist pathways, e.g., community projects, working in the arts or sport, etc., this pathway is ideal for you too.

Youth and Community Work

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This pathway is for those in youth work or ministry (working with 11-19 year-olds). Students successfully passing all academic and practice elements will receive the National Youth Agency’s Professional Youth Work award at the end of their second year.

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