University of Chichester
Schools Chaplaincy MA
University of Chichester

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Reflect on the particular challenges of working with young people in your local context

Our MA in Schools Chaplaincy helps those whose ministry is entirely or mainly in schools or academies.

You will learn to reflect theologically on your local context exploring the particular challenges of working with young people in an educational environment.

We build on your expertise and knowledge through practical projects designed to help those serving as chaplains to explore the issues which most impact on their ministry.

You will be taught through your attendance at three-day schools in August, January and May, which are followed by a series of assessment tasks.

Feel the support of internationally-recognised research staff Allocated teaching days Teaching for the MA Schools Chaplaincy course is delivered in three school blocks a year; each of which lasts for three days. You may either visit the University of Chichester on a daily basis or, if you live further away, we can help you find suitable accommodation if required. You will learn by attending our allocated academic days; our three-days schooling programmes. We offer extensive support, especially for those returning to study after a long period, meaning you will the confidence in your academic skills to fully explore your ideas. Stand alone modules Some modules can be studied alone, whereby you can study one module and accumulate the credits but are not registered for the full degree. Assessment Assessment is through a variety of academic and practical tasks, ranging from essays to book reviews, short articles, case studies and practical projects. The assessments are relevant to your local ministerial context.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 5.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
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If you wish to apply for a place on our MA Schools Chaplaincy course, please contact Professor Graeme Smith – [email protected] Normally you will be required to: Have experience working in a ministerial or theological context Have a university theological qualification or a good honours degree in a humanities subject together with experience in a church context Attend an interview Submit your application online through the university web site If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 5.5 (or equivalent qualification) For those applying from the Diocese of Chichester a fee arrangement is in place which allows students to study with support from the diocese. For more information please contact either: The Rev’d Dr Earl Collins – [email protected] Canon Rebecca Swyer – [email protected] For those applying from the Diocese of Portsmouth support may be available. The Rev’d Dr Anthony Rusttell – [email protected]

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of Chichester is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.


Tuition Fees Schools Chaplaincy MA

England UK £770
Northern Ireland £770
Scotland £770
Wales £770

Additional fee information

UK fee
£770 per 20 credit module
Students study 3 x 20 credit modules a year and so the full year cost is £2,310.

Church Authority recommendation fee
£499.95 per 20 credit module
£1499.85 full cost.

Average student cost of living in UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About University of Chichester

The University of Chichester is a government funded university based in West Sussex, England. The main campus, known as Bishop Otter, is located in the cathedral city of Chicester. The university has another campus called Bognor Regis, situated close to Hotham Park. With 14 different departments, the university has a lot of study options to attract a variety of students.

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