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Pursue your subject interests or professional development in a way that works for you. Choose from a wide range of modules from our MA programmes in Theology and Religious Studies. Benefit from the breadth of expertise of our staff and see if post-graduate study in Theology and Religious Studies is for you.

We offer a wide range of modules which you can apply to study on a free-standing basis. If you later apply successfully to study for a full MA, you can bring credit you’ve gained from the study of freestanding MA modules with you, so long as they map on to the programme’s modules. A list of the modules being offered is available here.

Modules usually take place over a term (10 weeks), and are delivered in a variety ways: face to face in Chester, by residential or online through moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment.

Assessment for each module (20 credits) is usually by a written essay of 4,000 words. The exceptions are double-weighted modules (40 credits), which are starred below.

For information about the cost of a postgraduate module, please see the University’s guidance on Postgraduate fees, here.

Entry requirements

Applicants for free-standing level 7 modules should normally meet the admissions requirements for the University’s MA programme in Theology and Religious Studies, whichever is most appropriate to the subject of the module. Where an applicant’s prior learning and experience does not straightforwardly evidence their suitability for this level of study, they may be admitted to study up to 20 credits at level 7 in the first instance. Should they wish to apply to study further modules or be admitted to the MA programme, their assessment for these credits will be taken as a further indicator of their readiness for study at this level.

Please note: If you wish to go on to study on a full MA programme, and you apply successfully for a postgraduate loan, you will not be able to take academic credit from a free standing module into that MA programme.

Please contact Dr Caroline Tee (Programme Leader, Theology and Religious Studies) for further advice.

How to Apply

Please follow the link below to make an application:

Free standing module application