Liturgical Study

A number of academic institutions offer opportunities for the study of liturgy at higher degree level.  This page lists some of those and gives links to where further information may be found.  In addition, attention is drawn to the Society for Liturgical Study and its journal Anaphora.

King’s College, University of London

The Theology and Ministry Programme at Kings offers two ways of doing further liturgical study:

MA in Contemporary Worship

In this newly established MA programme students will have the chance to study recent developments in worship.  Topics will range from the influence of the liturgical movement to the growth in forms of alternative worship. A dissertation is required, giving students an ideal opportunity to pursue a liturgical interest in greater depth.  Students will also study other modules in the wide range available on the Theology and Ministry programme.

Doctorate in Ministry (DMin)

The Doctorate in Ministry is designed to offer clergy, ministers, and those in full-time church-related ministry an opportunity to pursue doctoral level studies via a programme that is relevant to their ministerial and theological interests. Students with an interest in the liturgical dimensions of ministry will, after the initial two year taught component, be able to focus on a research project of their own.   The Course Tutor for both these programmes is the Revd Dr James Steven who received a PhD from Kings for his work on charismatic worship in the Church of England (see Worship in the Spirit: Charismatic Worship in the Church of England, Paternoster 2002)


The Mirfield Liturgical Institute

The Mirfield Liturgical Institute, within the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, offers a liturgical studies pathway within its MA in Theology and Pastoral Studies.

For information about the Institute, right-click here: Mirfield Liturgical Institute

Heythrop College, University of London Heythrop College offers an MA in Pastoral Liturgy.  The degree is designed to meet the needs of those seeking a deeper knowledge and appreciation of Christian Worship, who wish to delve into the early and later history of worship, who wish to carry out studies in the theology of worship, ritual, and symbol, and who have a desire to open up important questions and topics on liturgy that otherwise they would miss. For further information, right-click here

Sarum College

Sarum College’s range of liturgy courses is designed to assist ordained and lay ministers to reflect upon and develop their skills in the leadership of worship as well as satisfy the increasing interest of many in the history of Christian worship and its contemporary expressions.  Study options include:

MA in Christian Liturgy: A comprehensive study of all the key aspects of Christian liturgical worship with modules on the Eucharist, initiation, the Christian year, prayer, worship spaces, music and worship. These modules will explore the biblical, theological, historical and contemporary pastoral aspects of each theme and students will be encouraged to pursue their own interests in essays and seminars.