Offering students the chance for advanced education in a relatively short period, most postgraduate certificate programs can be completed in under one academic year. As such, admission into these programs is often less stringent than other graduate credentials.
What is a postgraduate certificate in theology? Preparing students for careers as religious leaders, programs focused on theology typically entail in-depth research into a specific belief system, such as Christianity or Judaism. However, some certificate awarding programs may provide you with the opportunity to survey multiple theological systems. In addition to closely studying texts central to your subject area, you’re likely to spend time investigating the philosophical and political implications of theology, both from a historical purview and in a modern context.
Professionals holding this certificate have often gained superior emotional understanding, excellent mediation skills and advanced theological knowledge. These skills, in addition to their expert critical thinking, can prepare students for successful careers and interpersonal relationships inside and outside of religious organizations.
If you pursue your certificate through online opportunities, costs are often much lower than comparable on-campus opportunities. However, as the factors affecting your price are complex and change between schools, it’s often best to contact institutions of interest individually.
Career potential is often ample and will largely be determined by the specific nature of your certificate-awarding program. Possible opportunities include clergyman, minister and rabbi, but other positions, such as educational leader, can also become available. Those not working directly in religious leadership often fill critical support positions in organizations both big and small, such as theological writers, hospice coordinators, funeral directors and family therapists.
Available globally and in both online and on-campus formats, your postgraduate certificate in theology can add powerful polish to your resume. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.
This certificate programme enables health and social care professionals to draw from their own professional experience and to gain knowledge and skills of the multicultural, ethical, legal and safe provision of spiritual and religious care in practice. [+]
Current health and social care frameworks regard spiritual care as an essential component of health and wellbeing and all health and social care professionals should assess and respect the spiritual and religious beliefs of patients and their carers. But what does that mean? This certificate programme enables health and social care professionals to draw from their own professional experience and to gain knowledge and skills of the multicultural, ethical, legal and safe provision of spiritual and religious care in practice.Why this programme The programme enables students from across the UK and the world to benefit from Scotland's leading role in the development of spiritual and religious care in health and social care and it's published resources. This distance learning programme enables students to engage in advanced professional education relevant to their health and social care practice and gain a recognized postgraduate award from a leading University. For Health and Social Care professionals: the programme dispels the many popular misconceptions around spiritual and religious care and is rooted in a capability and competency-based approach to delivering spiritual and religious care as it relates to the student's clinical role and setting. For Health and Social Care Chaplains, not resident in the UK: The programme has been developed from the highly successful PC Certificate in Healthcare Chaplaincy. It enables prospective and existing Health and Social Care Chaplains from around the world to study their field without the need for a UK based students chaplaincy placement. Existing and prospective Health and Social Care... [-]
The course consists of two 30-credit modules delivered through a combination of distance learning and intensives over the course of a year. There are two possible starting dates (November and June). [+]
The course consists of two 30-credit modules delivered through a combination of distance learning and intensives over the course of a year. There are two possible starting dates (November and June). Each module is supported by a website with interactive functionality to provide class contact.
Perspectives in Theological Education (30 credits). This module provides an introduction to the nature, purpose and problems of theological education both within the UK and internationally. It also critiques some contemporary and near contemporary debates and expressions of theological education in order to elucidate key ideas and practices, with the explicit intention of providing a basis for the student’s critical judgment on his or her practice. In addition, it explores historical and contemporary models and theories that relate to the nature and role of the theological educator in order to foster the development of practitioners that are professional, reflective, holistic and maturing. ... [-]