M.Th. in Monastic Spirituality

This Course is designed to offer the student a firm footing in the historical and spiritual developments of Christian Monasticism from its beginnings in the Deserts of the near-East to the reforms of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries to the rise of Protestant Monasticism in the nineteenth century. The course then allows the student to reflect upon their own particular contextual interest in Christian monasticism and its application in the modern world. The course plays particular attention to applications of monastic perspectives in lay and new forms of Christian practice and community and its relationship to and growth within contemporary society. The course appeals to many people who have, or wish to be informed by monastic perspectives in contemporary forms of Christian living both as a lived experience and academic reflection upon it.


The course is designed as a distance learning programme and is intended to be taken and fitted into your own time given to study. We recommend the course is taken over two years allowing three months per module and six months for the dissertation. For the M.Th. qualification the course needs to be completed within 5 years.

Teaching Methods

At the start of each module, you receive a module handbook including introductions to each topic,  essay questions and copies of reading recommended by the module tutor. Over time material will become available online including online lectures and student forums.

Assessment is by essays, annotated journal, case study and dissertation.

Qualifications and Applications

Applicants are normally expected to have a degree in theology or a related subject. If you do not have a degree you may be apply via a short essay of why you want to study and/or proof of experience related practice in forms of monastic and Christian Spirituality. It is essential that applicants have a deep desire for integrating monastic perspectives in everyday Christian practice, whether in Church, community or family context. 

Course Modules:

The first two modules are compulsory and each worth 20 credits. You then can choose a further four modules from the list below each worth 20 credits. Some students may wish to focus on one or two modules by studying a particular pathway. Following on from the six modules/questions you write a dissertation, worth 60 credits.
Eastern Monasticism: An Introduction to the sources and themes.

Western Monasticism: An introduction to the sources and themes.

Desert Fathers

Celtic Christianity

Anglo-Saxon Christianity

New/Secular Monasticism

A Benedictine Spirituality of Work

Independent Study

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