Earning an Overseas Masters Degree Without Moving Overseas
Updated: May 10
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In previous years, earning a gradulate/postgraduate degree from an overseas school meant moving and living near the university for a year or more. Today, through various platforms (like online study, Zoom/FaceTime, independent studies, intensive classes, live-streaming classes, etc.), an increasing number of institutions have strived to make it more realistic for students to finish an overseas degree without moving to another country.
While some degrees include taking classes/modules, many are referred to as "by research" and are research-based/thesis-only programs. MPhil (Master of Philosophy), MTh/MTheol (Master of Theology), MRes (Master of Research), MLitt (Master of Letters), MA (Master of Arts), MS/MSc (Master of Science). For perspective, whereas a PhD/ThD requires a dissertation of 80,000-100,000 words, MPhil and MLitt degrees usually require writing a thesis of around 40,000–70,000 words, an MTh 30,000-50,000 words, and a MRes or MA (by research) 20,000–30,000 words (I am not including any info on the degree of postgraduate diploma).
Overseas graduate/postgraduate programs are often perfect for students who have an undergraduate degree in a ministry or biblical studies-related field (especially the research-based/thesis-only programs). Such degrees are also well suited for seminary graduates who desire further study or individuals with degrees in fields similar to ministry or biblical studies.
Below are a few overseas schools that have degrees (with majors like biblical studies, theological studies, religion, ministry/practical theology, philosophy of religion, missions/intercultural studies, etc.) requiring either no travel or extremely minimal travel to the school campus.
If you enjoy this post, take a look at some of my other blog posts in this series: where to earn a 100% online masters degree, obtaining an overseas PhD, and PhD distance learning programs in the United States. Anyway, happy reading!!!
Australian School of Theology
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Sydney College of Divinity
University of Divinity
University of Otago
South African Theological Seminary
University of South Africa
University of Geneva
University of Lausanne
Anglia Ruskin University
Trinity College Bristol- MA in Theology, Ministry, & Mission
London Metropolitan University
London School of Theology
**The degrees are awarded by Middlesex University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Union Theological College
University of Aberdeen
**You can also earn a masters from the University of Aberdeen through
Trinity College Bristol- MTh (by research)
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Chester
University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
University of Gloucestershire
University of the Highlands & Islands
University of Leeds
University of London
University of Manchester
**You can earn a masters degree from the University of Manchester through:
Cliff College- MA in Mission
Nazarene Theological College- MA in Christian Thought & Practice
University of Nottingham
University of St. Andrews
University of Sheffield
University of Sunderland
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
University of Westminster