The MPhil programme offers admission to postgraduate theological studies to those candidates who already have a three-year non-theological tertiary qualification, which is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. It presents an opportunity to be educated in the application of Theology with a view to certain ministries, occupations or community life.
A bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification.
Other programme-specific information
First year of study
One of the following curriculum options must be selected:
Option A: All of the first six introductory modules of the respective subjects from the three subject groups (six modules in total).
Option B: Three modules (two of which being first introductory modules) from one subject group, as well as three initial introductory modules from the other two subject groups.
Option C: Four modules from one subject group, as well as a first introductory module each from the other two subject groups (i.e. six modules in total).
The subject groups, subjects and modules are as follows:
• Group Biblical Studies
Old Testament Studies
OTW 871: Introduction to Old Testament studies I
OTW 872: Introduction to Old Testament studies II
New Testament Studies
NTW 871: Introduction to New Testament studies I
NTW 872: Introduction to New Testament studies II
• Group History-Systematics
Dogmatics and Christian Ethics
DCE 871: Introduction to dogmatics and Christian ethics I
DCE 872: Introduction to dogmatics and Christian ethics II
Church History and Church Polity
KGS 871: Introduction to church history and church polity I
KGS 872: Introduction to church history and church polity II
• Group Applied Theology
Science of Religion and Missiology
GSW 871: Introduction to science of religion and missiology I
GSW 872: Introduction to science of religion and missiology II
PRT 871: Introduction to practical theology I
PRT 872: Introduction to practical theology II
(Each module: 20 credits)
Second year of study
(aa) Six of the following specialised modules in which theological knowledge is applied to a specific field of church ministry, occupational life or community life.
Rule: Only subjects of which the first introductory modules have been completed (during the first year of study), may be selected.
This is done according to one of the following options:
Option D: All four modules from the same subject and two modules from any other subject(s) (subject to Rule).
Option E: Three modules from the same subject and three modules from other subjects (subject to Rule).
Option F: Two modules from the same subject and four modules from other subjects (subject to Rule).
Dogmatics and Christian ethics
DCE 881, DCE 882, DCE 883, DCE 884
Science of religion and missiology
GSW 881, GSW 882, GSW 883, GSW 884
Church history and church polity
KGS 881, KGS 882, KGS 883, KGS 884
New Testament studies
NTW 881, NTW 882, NTW 883, NTW 884
Old Testament studies
OTW 881, OTW 882, OTW 883, OTW 884
PRT 881, PRT 882, PRT 883, PRT 884
(bb) A research report on a theological topic: TEO 867.
Option D: The research report is done in the subject from which four (4) modules are selected.
Option E: The research report is done in the subject from which three (3) modules are selected.
Option F: The research report is done in the subject from which two (2) modules are selected.
(Research report: 40 credits)
Note: Students who intend to register for the MA(Theology) degree in a specific theological discipline (e.g. Practical Theology) after having completed the MPhil degree, must choose at least three modules and complete the research report in the same theological discipline.
Examinations and pass requirements
Each module is concluded with an examination.
Examination regulations applicable to all master's degrees in the faculty
A master's degree is conferred on a student by virtue of an examination, or an examination and a dissertation, or an examination and a mini-dissertation, or a dissertation. Examinations may be written and/or oral. A percentage mark is given provided that the passmark is at least 50% and at least 75% as a pass with distinction.
Article for publication
Unless Senate, on the recommendation of the supervisor, decides otherwise, a student, before or on submission of a dissertation, must submit at least one draft article for publication in a recognized academic journal and in the case of a thesis, must submit proof of submission of an article issued by an accredited journal, to the Head: Student Administration.
The draft or submitted article, as the case may be, should be based on the research that the student has conducted for the dissertation/thesis and be approved by the supervisor if the supervisor is not a co-author.
The supervisor shall be responsible for ensuring that the paper is taken through all the processes of revision and resubmission, as may be necessary. Conferment of the degree may be made subject to compliance with the stipulations of this regulation.
Pass with distinction
For the MPhil to be conferred with distinction, a student has to obtain at least 75% in four of the modules in the first year, and at least 75% in the research report and 75% in four modules in the second year.
Registration for postgraduate programmes
1. Concurrent registration for a second postgraduate programme
No student is allowed to register for more than one postgraduate programme concurrently, except where the student’s academic record warrants it and with the Dean’s approval. Continuation of study for the second postgraduate programme will be subject to favourable progress reported by the heads of department in the Faculty of Theology. However, no student will be allowed to participate in examinations for a second postgraduate programme in another faculty during the examinations of the Faculty of Theology.
2. Renewal of registration
Students of the University are registered for one year of study. After an academic year has expired, students wishing to continue their studies at the University must renew their registration and pay such fees for renewal of registration as prescribed.
No interruption may occur in a postgraduate student’s registration for a postgraduate study programme. Should a student interrupt his/her studies, such a student will upon re-registration be liable for the full fees applicable to the degree programme.
If a student interrupts registration for the postgraduate programme and it is not renewed within four years of the first registration, the credits obtained will no longer be valid. The student should repeat the modules already passed.
A student for an honours degree must complete his or her studies within two years. Under special circumstances, the Dean, on the recommendation of the head of department, may give approval for a limited fixed extension of this period.
A master’s degree is conferred on a student only if at least one year has expired after obtaining the qualifications required for master’s study.
A doctorate is conferred on a student only if at least 12 months since registration for the doctorate at this University have expired. Subject to other faculty regulations, a student for a doctorate must complete his or her studies within three years after first registering for the degree. Under special circumstances, the Dean, on the recommendation of the head of department, may give approval for a limited fixed extension of this period.