The Master of Pastoral Care (MPC) enables students to apply an advanced body of knowledge and skill in pastoral care in relation to broader theological studies. Students broaden their knowledge and skills and deepen their engagement with select areas of study to prepare themselves for professional practice and further learning.
Course Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Master of Pastoral Care:
- have advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in pastoral care, and of the relation of pastoral care to broader theological studies;
- have mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical skills applicable to pastoral care;
- have advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of approaches and methodologies in pastoral care, with awareness of implications and application to contemporary issues in professional ministry, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practice and further learning;
- articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in pastoral care to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
- apply relevant skills in pastoral care through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience or piece of scholarship.
Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or a University of Divinity graduate diploma, or an approved equivalent.
The Master of Pastoral Care consists of 288 points comprised of:
- 96 points of Level 8 units comprised of:
- 48 points in Biblical Studies
- 24 points in Systematic Theology
- 24 points in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
- 96 points of Level 9 units in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
- 48 points of Supervised Field Education units
- A Capstone unit of at least 24 points, or the unit RQ9748M Minor Thesis
- Further Level 8 or 9 units.
2 years – 6 years
Graduates who meet the other requirements for higher degrees by research may be eligible for admission to: