The Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, is offering a unique opportunity for interested students to complete a Master’s in Theology (MTh) degree with a focus on gender and health. The degree can be registered in any of the existing theological disciplines (Old Testament, New Testament, Ecclesiology, Systematic Theology, Missiology, and Practical Theology). Students will thus complete an MTh degree 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 Master’s degree will consist of a core module (gender, health and theology), two additional modules (in the chosen main discipline) and a 120-page thesis. The programme will require students to attend a two-week course in March of 2020 (core module and research methodology workshop) 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 programme. Thereafter students will be required to have regular access to research resources and contact sessions with lecturers and promoters. Oral exams must be completed by July 2020, and a thesis submitted by 30 November 2020 in order to graduate in March 2021 (or 31 August 2021 in order to graduate in December 2021).

The programme has a dual application system:
1. All prospective candidates complete the official application in accordance with the procedures 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 Administartor, Mr Shirle Cornelissen, at
2. An application should be submitted to Prof Juliana Claassens by 10 October 2019. This application should consist of a full CV, academic records/transcript, a letter of motivation (stating research motivation and aims) and a completed additional information form (available on request). Please submit all relevant documents in a single PDF document format via e-mail. For further enquiries contact Prof Juliana Claassens at

Some scholarship assistance may be available.
All applicants will be notified as to the success of their application by the end of October 2019