The Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, is offering a unique opportunity for interested students to complete a Masters in Theology with a focus on gender and health. The masters can be registered in any of the existing theological disciplines (Old Testament, New Testament, Ecclesiology, Systematic Theology, Missiology & Practical Theology). Students will thus complete a Masters in their chosen discipline by pursuing research within the intersection of gender, health, and theology. Themes include (but are not restricted to) physical and mental health, HIV and AIDS, sexuality and sexual orientation, reproductive health, gender-based violence and sustainable livelihoods. A four year theological degree or a Post-Graduate diploma in Theology (from SU) serves as a prerequisite for application.

This special focus Masters will consist of a core module (gender, health and theology), two additional modules (in the chosen main discipline) and a 120 page thesis. The program will require students to attend a two week course in March 2022 at the Faculty of Theology, followed by two workshops in the first semester designed to assist students in the research proposal development process. Attendance of the Core Module and workshops are compulsory for all students in the program. Thereafter students will be required to be in a position to have regular access to research resources and contact sessions with lecturers and promoters. Oral exams must be completed by July 2022, and thesis submitted by 30 November 2022 in order to graduate in March 2023 (or 31 August 2023 in order to graduate December 2023).

The program has a dual application system:

1. All prospective candidates have to complete the official application in accordance with the procedure and requirements for MTh applications at Stellenbosch University. First time students to Stellenbosch University can apply online at; a full academic transcript will be required of all prospective applicants. Students who are currently enrolled at Stellenbosch University can request the relevant application form for further study from the Faculty Secretary Mr. Shirle Cornelissen at

2. Besides the application through official University channels an application should be submitted to Prof Juliana Claassens at This application consists of a full CV, academic records/transcript, and a letter of motivation (stating research motivation and aims). Please submit all relevant documents in a single PDF document format via e-mail. For further enquiries please contact Prof Juliana Claassens via e-mail. Some scholarship assistance may be available.