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This is a MA Top-Up course following a successful completion of the Pg Cert and Pg Dip study pathways validated by the LSBU. The course allows the individuals to form foundations and provide an evolution in their knowledge related to spiritual and pastoral care within Healthcare Chaplaincy context. This will include an understanding of the specific contexts and themes that may emerge within a community.

The course will be appropriate for those who are already chaplains but wish to enhance their knowledge, skills, and practice further to increase their learning and promote their professional recognition and widen their employment opportunities to 7 Healthcare Chaplaincy in managerial, consultancy and specialized roles.

Likewise, other healthcare professionals and students in fields such as social healthcare, clinical psychology and medicine can also access this course to develop their spiritual and religious competences as part of their required multi-cultural competences for effective and ethical delivery of their services.

This is a one-year part-time course from September to August and it does not require students to do a dissertation but rather to complete a work-based portfolio to qualify for the MA award.


Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModePart-time Duration1 year Start dateSeptember Application code5841 Application method Direct to LSBU


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Entry Level Requirements

MA (Top-Up), Healthcare Chaplaincy and Wellbeing

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis but must meet the following entry requirements before being considered for admission:

Prospective candidates must: -

  1. Have successfully completed the Pg Dip in Healthcare Chaplaincy and Wellbeing offered as part of the GSTT/LSBU collaboration
  2. The candidate must be eligible to be registered with the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy. This includes to show a recognized status as a member or observant with a mainstream Faith Community or Belief Group. A mainstream faith community or belief group are those recognized by the Network for Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care in Health (NPSRCH) or Churches Together in England (CTE) or the Free Churches Group (FCG). Evidence to be provided.
  3. Providing a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Scheme) with POCA (Protection of Children Act) & POVA (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) for hospital placement purposes.
  4. Show evidence of working in the context of Health Care Chaplaincy either in a paid role or having an ‘honorary contract’ in place.

Additional Application Method Information
Healthcare Chaplaincy Personal Statement

For More Information:
Please contact the Course Director: Revd Nana Kyei-Baffour, Email:  Tel: Direct: 020 7188 9844 Or 020 7188 1187

Speak with your employer/trust regarding professional development funding that may be available to you.

International students

International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode Part-time Duration 1 year Start date September Application code 5841 Application method Direct to LSBU


Prepare to start

Core Reading list:

  • Aten J et al, (2020) Spiritual First Aid, Covid -19 Spiritual First Aid, Humanitarian Disaster Institute, Wheaton IL
  • Aten J., (2012), ‘Disaster Spiritual and Emotional Care in Professional Psychology’, Journal of Psychology and Theology, 40,2, 131-135
  • Donia Baldacchino, (2015), ‘Spiritual Care Education of Health Care Professionals’, Religions, 6, 594-613 [accessed 16.3.22]

MA (Top-Up) in Healthcare Chaplaincy and Wellbeing

  • Module 7: Spiritual Care, Wellbeing and Spiritual First Aid (20 Credits, L7)
    This module explores the capabilities and competent advanced practice in spiritual care and wellbeing, demonstrable in 4 pillars – namely spiritual practice, leadership and management, education, and research. The module analyses innovative spiritual care to enhance people’s lived experience and wellbeing, and spiritual first aid and spiritual care in complex traumatic situations.
  • Module 8: Improving Chaplaincy Practice within the Workplace (20 Credits, L7)
    This module equips individuals with the advanced knowledge and skills to examine and evaluate the theology and evidential basis of their faith/belief and how this relates to their communities. The module has a strong emphasis in enabling the individual to deeply apply their advanced knowledge in practice by evidencing their professional practice. The module enables learners to critically reflect and apply learning in context and also promotes the creation of new knowledge and evidence-based skills in spiritual healthcare.


Employability Service

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
  • Online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


This course will enable graduates to increase their learning and promote their professional recognition and widen their employment opportunities to apply for managerial, consultancy and specialized roles at band 7 positions in Healthcare Chaplaincy within the NHS or elsewhere. So, students can enter the professional chaplaincy market with this qualification.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop some key skills including improving communication, IT, literacy, and research skills and to be able to apply for further study.

Professional Links

The course is aligned to meet the professional competences as measured by the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy (UKBCH).


Teaching and Assessment

The following pedagogical approaches are applied flexibly to facilitate the most effective and appropriate means of teaching and supporting learning:

  • Small group learning opportunities with explicit learning objectives
  • Inter-professional and shared/common learning which is clinically and/or professionally relevant
  • Using active, participatory, and collaborative peer learning opportunities to enhance social cohesion and learning engagement
  • Contextual learning - where basic concepts are given clinical relevance in real world settings
  • Competency-based learning and evaluation
  • Use of technology in the educational process to enhance skills and understanding of digital literacy and health technologies
  • Using strategies and skills to enhance self-regulation of student learning
  • Use of assessment to promote learning

Contact information

Course Enquiries - UK

Tel: 0207 815 7500

International team enquiry

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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