LST / Youthscape MTh Scholarship 2019/20

The challenge

In every generation the Church is tasked with calling young people to a life lived within God’s radical love. It’s exhilarating and challenging, taking those who fully engage to the frontline of mission and service. 

Some of these challenges feel fresh - the rate of change, our response to new technologies, shifting ideas of identity and relationships. But some are old. How do we help young people to flourish and make sense of the Christian faith in this generation?

There are signs that in many places the Church is unsure about how to respond. A sense that old ways of doing things won’t cut it, and a lack of confidence and clarity about the alternatives. 

Change doesn’t happen by chance. It will require resources, prayer, innovation, impetus and the pooling of knowledge and experience. And it should be informed by theologically reflective research.

In response London School of Theology and Youthscape have committed themselves to increasing the scale and scope of research related to youth ministry in the UK and are pleased to launch a new one-year scholarship beginning in October 2019.


The scholarship: research that engages practice and theology

Applications are now open for those wishing to study for a Master of Theology (MTh) degree with LST. The programme will begin in October 2019 and is full-time for twelve months. The scholarship will cover all LST programme fees for the year but excludes the cost of living and travel expenses

This scholarship provides one student with the chance to focus their Master’s thesis on a topic that is directly relevant to young people and youth ministry, and this year our chosen focus is young people’s engagement with social media platforms and smart phones. The successful candidate will draw on empirical research to produce a theological response to one or more aspects of young people’s use of this technology. Full details about the MTh and our chosen topic can be found here.

This is a unique opportunity to be supported by two vibrant organisations that have come together to produce new knowledge. As a full-time member of the academic community of LST, the student will follow a programme of approved supervised research over twelve months. Supervision is undertaken jointly by Youthscape’s Director of Research, Dr Lucie Shuker and a member of the LST academic faculty. The MTh is awarded by Middlesex University and thestudent will submit a thesis of up to 40,000 wordswithin twelve months of registration, which is assessed by viva or oral examination.

As part of the wider Youthscape team, the MTh scholar will pursue their research within a thriving community of practice - working from Bute Mills in Luton at least once a fortnight. The student will have free access to all of Youthscape’s training courses and receive a free place at the National Youth Ministry Weekend. Alongside a MTh thesis, we hope that the results of this research lead to the development of a new resource or will be the basis of a report that shares findings accessibly with youth workers across the UK. In this way the MTh scholarship can make a direct contribution to youth workers and young people across the UK.


Who is this scholarship for?

Those who have completed a primary degree in theology with at least a 2:1.

Those wishing to research a specific topic rather than a taught programme. 

Those wishing to be a full time LST student.

Those with sufficient funds to cover living expenses and the cost of travel to work in the Youthscape offices in Luton (LU1 2EY) at least one day a fortnight.

Those demonstrating a passion for Christian youth work and an awareness of the need for theologically informed responses to the challenges facing young people.


How to apply

Read the programme information, including the research area for this year’s scholarship.  

Applicants will need to send a completed research proposal form and application form to, copying in

The deadline for applications is 17th May 2019.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to give a 10-minute presentation and will be interviewed by staff members of Youthscape and LST in early June 2019.

For further information please contact either Doreen Rosser, the administrator of postgraduate admission at LST or Dr Lucie Shuker at the emails above. 



Application form

Research Proposal Guidelines 

Information about the MTh scholarship

This information is also available at the LST website