We try to make our courses as accessible as possible, but since this a University validated degree course there are some entry requirements you will need to fulfill in order to come on the course.
We can admit you on to the MA programme if you are over the age of 23 and fulfill our entry requirements. There are four routes onto the course which depend upon your prior study, once we have reviewed your application we will confirm which route you are on, but you can read about them and our other requirements below for clarity.
If You have a degree, single or joint, or a Graduate/Postgraduate Diploma, in Theology & Religious Studies then you qualify for route one.
You are used to studying theology and in this case we only need to see a copy of your certificate(s) as supporting evidence.
If you have a first degree in a closely related Humanities subject then you are route 2 entry.
Although you may not have specifically studied theology, you may have touched on it and you are used to the kind of academic study required for a humanities subject. In this case we probably only need to see a copy of your certificate(s).
If you have a first degree in a non-related subject, and evidence of further academic study in the field of theology and/or experience in Christian ministry then you are a route 3 entry.
In this case we need to see a copy of your certificate(s) and depending on the type of studying you did you may also be required to pass an Initial Student Evaluation Essay to assess your suitability to study Theology at Masters Level.
You have no degree qualification, but you do have significant ministry experience. You will also be required to pass an Initial Student Evaluation Essay to assess your suitability to study Theology at Masters Level.
Depending on how you get on with your essay we may recommend that you undertake our Access Course in Theology & Mission. If you enter by this route, you will need to pass your first module to stay on the course.
If you do not have traditional qualifications, you may be eligible for entry on the basis of Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APEL).
We also consider applications for entry if you have up to 60 credits at postgraduate level (PGCert, or individual module(s) totalling up to 60 credits), on the basis of Accredited Prior Learning (APL).
If you have 60 credits of APL, this may be sufficient to exempt you from 2 taught modules on the MA programme; 30 credits may exempt you from one taught module. In both cases it will be necessary to demonstrate that your prior experience is sufficiently related in both content and learning outcomes to modules on our programme, in order to be considered for exemption.
If you are not a British citizen and English is not your first language you may need to pass an IELTS (or equivalent) academic test at level 6.5 min (and we will need to see supporting documents). Please contact the office for details of equivalent tests.
At this time Springdale College cannot sponsor tier 4 visa’s. This means that we cannot accept students from Non-EU countries onto any of our programmes, unless you already have permanent leave to remain in an EU country, or the right to work and study in the UK through the ancestral visa scheme.
We cannot offer you a place on the course without visa or permanent residence details. If you are currently awaiting these, you can submit your application, but it will be on hold until you can provide appropriate Visa/residence details.
Our Students say…
“I loved the breadth and variety of the curriculum and particularly enjoyed researching and writing my dissertation. In summary, I found it very hard but very rewarding and it has had a significant, positive impact on my understanding and practice of mission and of church. Having since emigrated to New Zealand, I know God is planning a new ministry for me which is only possible as a result of the MA.”