Leading British theologians have criticised the closure of King's College's post-graduate theology and ministry program as “deeply regrettable,” reports The Tablet.
The decision to shut down the influential theology and ministry courses at King's College London was taken, according to the university, for financial reasons in order to make the department “viable” for the long term.
The move came after the appointment of Alister McGrath, former chair of theology, ministry and education, to be Andreos Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford.
Another key departure was Dr Anna Rowlands, appointed as a lecturer in contemporary Catholic theology and deputy director of the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University, who formerly lectured in political and moral theology on the programme.
Around 120 postgraduate students studied for taught doctorates or an MA on the theology and ministry program at King's. The existing students will continue their courses in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.
Alumni of King's include Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton.