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Spiritual Care

MTh at Glasgow University


Courses in Practical Theology

These courses are designed to meet the needs of those in a variety of forms of Christian ministry who seek to enhance their professional practice. They can be taken for credit as part of the MTh programme or not for credit as part of a personal/professional development programme.

Theology in Practice:

Students examine the major models of theological reflection and reflect critically upon them. They are also required to engage with these models in their own context and produce a significant work of theological reflection upon their own practice.

Congregational Studies:

Students inquire into the nature of Christian communities in contemporary Western culture. Questions are asked about Christian identity, partnership and dialogue

Women and the Revisioning of Christian Ministry:

Explores the work of women practical theologians who are generating new ecclesiological thinking and challenging models of pastoral practice.

Christian Spirituality and Mysticism:

This module presents an overview of patterns of Christian spirituality and their practice in contemporary spiritual life and communal empowerment.

Resourcing Reflective Practice:

This course will introduce tools for social analysis, the development of personal awareness and theological reflection - many of which have been developed through Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). These will be used to critically examine students' engagement in Christian ministry. Participatory group work will form a key part of the educational process.

Spiritual Care:

This course will introduce contemporary thinking on the practice of spiritual care in plural communities. Attention will be given to key points in the human life cycle and to crisis moments in personal life. Ritual, narrative and artistic practice will be explored as key resources for pastoral care. Assessment will be related to project work within a placement/ministry context.

Ethical and Pastoral Issues in Contemporary Medicine:

This course will explore the challenges raised by new developments in medical and reproductive technology. It will ask how we might begin to respond to new procedures which raise ethical dilemmas not previously tackled by moral theologians or Christian ministers. What resources can we employ to guide our thinking on these issues.

Further Information

To obtain the Masters Degree students must complete three courses and a dissertation of 15,000 words. The period of study can vary between 1 and four years. Most courses entail 2 hours per fortnight in seminar groups although some courses will be taught over 4 study days. Trinity College may support Church of Scotland ministers who are studying via the MTh with the intention of enhancing their ministry.

Contact Heather Walton, 0141 330 5272 or  for more details.