Postgraduate Programmes

Sarum College offers postgraduate programmes validated by the University of Winchester.

At Sarum College students learn collaboratively in small groups. These meet for residential intensives throughout the year. The course structure combines classroom and home-based study so that students benefit from personal contact with tutors and lecturers, with minimal disruption to domestic, ministerial, or professional responsibilities.

“The MA process was hugely stimulating for me, but it was the people and environment that made the student experience so uniquely beneficial. I sing the praises of Sarum everywhere I go; I am so proud to have spent three years studying there.”

Ian Yemm, MA graduate

The normal requirement for postgraduate studies is a good first degree in a related subject. However students aged over 21 with other relevant experience and/or training may be admitted subject to interview.

Sarum College MA students are eligible to purchase an NUS card, now called TOTUM which offers student discounts in the UK and internationally.

Please note our MA courses are undergoing revalidation during the 2020-2021 academic year. This is process by which the College and the University review the course offer to assess the quality and standards. Revalidation sometimes leads to programme changes beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

For all postgraduate enquiries please email

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Auditing MA Modules

All postgraduate course modules are open to everyone, so you may enrol on any module as an “auditor” without registering for an accredited programme such as the full MA. An auditor participates in a module in exactly the same way as students earning a degree, but does not prepare an essay at the end of it.

For more information and Q&As, see our auditing modules page.

Research Degrees

Sarum collaborates with our validating partner, the University of Winchester, to supervise research degrees.

Along with the more traditional research route of MPhil/PhD the Doctor of Theology and Practice (DTh) at Winchester provides a structured route for doctoral study based in the student’s own context of ministry or professional practice. It is designed both for people in various kinds of Christian ministry or leadership and for those in other professions who wish to undertake doctoral work connecting theology and religion with their own professional fields.

Have a conversation with us…

If you’re considering one of our postgraduate programmes, why not look at one of our taster videos?

Revd. Canon James Woodward Introduces Sarum College

Dr. Karen O’Donnell Introduces Contemporary Spirituality

Dr. Jon Morgan Introduces Theology, Imagination and Culture

Contact Chris Whimpenny, our MA administrator, or one of our programme leaders, Jon Morgan for Theology, Imagination and Culture, or Karen O’Donnell for Contemporary Christian Spirituality, to arrange a chat and help decide if you’d like to study with us at Sarum College

Programme Information Sheets