MTh Orthodox Studies

MTh Orthodox Studies at Winchester gives students from a variety of backgrounds, who have an interest in Orthodox Christianity, the
opportunity to develop and expand their range of theological skills and knowledge at a higher level.

MTh Orthodox Studies at University of Winchester



Entry requirements 

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study

If English is not your first language 

IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent

Degree duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Start dates: September and January

Distance learning available: With optional residentials

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

September 2016/January 2017 Entry Full-time | £4,900
September 2016/January 2017 Entry Part-time | £2,450 p/a

Total Cost | £4,900

2017 Entry

September 2017/January 2018** Entry Full-time | £5,000
September 2017/January 2018** Entry Part-time | £2,500 p/a

Total Cost | £5,000

International Students

September 2016/January 2017 Entry Full-time | £10,900
September 2016/January 2017 Entry Part-time | £5,450 p/a

Total Cost | £10,900

2017 Entry

September 2017/January 2018** Entry Full-time | £11,200
September 2017/January 2018** Entry Part-time | £5,600 p/a

Total Cost | £11,200

Additional costs:

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Whilst the inflationary fee for 2017/18 increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

The programme offers a wide-ranging study of Orthodox Christian tradition and practice including theology, history, ecclesiology, tradition, liturgy and art. It draws on a variety of academic disciplines and discourses to enable students to reflect critically on the entirety of the Orthodox faith, tradition and practice. Students with a background in Orthodox studies have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding at a higher academic level. Those of different backgrounds are enabled to approach Orthodox thought and tradition critically and connect, compare and contrast it with their own theological background.

Study enables students to research the Orthodox, early Christian and patristic tradition, and connect it to broader areas of human life and understanding in contemporary multicultural societies. Students explore and critically reflect upon Orthodox experience, developing an informed awareness of the dynamic nature of the Orthodox Christian tradition and the theological task of
subjecting this tradition to a process of testing and renewal.

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Orthodox Theology
  • Research Methods

Optional modules:

  • Orthodox Ascetic Mysticism
  • Dionysios the Areopagite
  • The Experience of Orthodox Monasticism
  • Modern Orthodox Theology
  • Icons: Theology in Colour
  • Orthodox Canon Law
  • Pilgrimage
  • Supervised Research Project

The programme is delivered by distance learning through the University's Learning Network (limited residential teaching is also available). A wide range of resources are available and a high level of tutorial support and supervision is provided by academic staff.

A variety of assessment methods including essays, book reviews and shorter written exercises, are used for taught modules. The final research project is assessed by a 20,000 word dissertation presenting a piece of original research on a topic of the student's choice, done under supervision.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

MTh Orthodox Studies offers excellent training for those in a range of occupations including church leadership, pastoral work and religious education, who wish to enhance their skills and qualifications. It equips students to undertake doctoral research in preparation for a career in university or seminary teaching.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Applications need to be submitted before the 20 May 2016. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information click here.

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