POSTGRADUATE

Spurgeon's College offers two Master's courses: the MA in Christian Thought and Practice, and the Master in Theology (MTh) degree both validated by the University of Manchester.  They have the following pathways:

  • Advanced Christian Studies
  • Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Applied Theology
  • Preaching

This wide range of opportunities provides for academic interests as well as for the personal development of Christian ministers. For students with excellent academic ability, a Master's degree can provide a stepping stone towards doctoral studies (DMin, MPhil, PhD).

Graduate students applying to Spurgeon's College for postgraduate study fall into these three categories:

  • if you have a degree in Theology and are seeking accreditation as a Baptist Minister, we have the MTh pathway in Advanced Christian Studies for you
  • if you have a degree in another discipline and are seeking a postgraduate qualification in Theology, we offer the MA pathway in Christian Thought and Practice
  • if you possess a degree in Theology from Spurgeon's or another institution, you can choose the Advanced Christian Studies, Biblical and Theological Studies or Radical Free Church Movements pathways. The Applied Theology and Preaching pathways are intended for those in Christian ministry.

Whatever your personal situation and particular interests, Spurgeon's College has the Master’s course for you!

MA in Christian Thought and Practice

Spurgeon’s College offers a unique Master’s course for which you don’t need a degree in Theology - a degree in another subject is sufficient. But you do need a good knowledge of English, the Bible and the Church before we can admit you.   The course is validated by The University of Manchester.

Structure

The course has two parts: Part One comprises five taught units and Part Two is a dissertation of 15,000 words.  You can study full-time or part-time.  Full-time students study the taught units over one year and can do their dissertation over the summer or over the following year.  Part-time students study the taught units over two years and have a further two years in which to complete their dissertation.

Assessment

Students are assessed in a variety of ways such as essays and projects totalling up to 8000 words per unit.  The compulsory unit on Theological Research is taken last in Part One because it is preparation for the dissertation; the assignment for this unit is to write a dissertation proposal.  The only examinations are for the optional units on the biblical languages Hebrew and Greek.

Dissertation

The second part of the course consists of a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words; students must complete the first part of the course before proceeding to the dissertation. The dissertation is expected to provide evidence of a person's analytical, evaluative and creative abilities.  The dissertation will be on a topic of your choice which builds on your study for Part One.

 Entry requirements

-      You have a Degree in a previous discipline (at least 2nd class) or equivalent.

-      A score of 7 or over on the IELTS test for non-native English Speakers  

 Exit qualifications

-      Students who complete 60 credits can attain a Postgraduate Certificate.

-      Students who complete Part One (the taught units) can receive a Postgraduate Diploma without attempting the dissertation (Part Two).

MTh pathway in Advanced Christian Studies

Taught MTh Course

MTh pathways Advanced Christian Studies and Biblical and Theological Studies

These pathways are designed for graduates in theology who wish to pursue their studies in more depth. They follow a traditional pattern of attendance at college for seminars once or twice a week, followed by dissertation. The pathways are validated by The University of Manchester.

General pathway: Advanced Christian Studies (ACS)

This pathway enables you to take units from the entire field of theological studies, including practically-oriented units. Ministerial students who already have a theology degree follow this course during their ministerial training, but it is open to non-ministerial students too.

Structure

Both pathways have two parts: Part One comprises five taught units and Part Two is a dissertation of 15,000 words.  You can study full-time or part-time.  Full-time students study the taught units over one year and can do their dissertation over the summer or over the following year.  Part-time students study the taught units over two years and have a further two years in which to complete their dissertation.

Assessment

Students are assessed in a variety of ways such as essays and projects totalling up to 8000 words per unit.  The two compulsory units are taught at the beginning and the end of the course: the first lays a foundation through exploring Theological Enquiry and Interpretation while the second, Theological Research, forms a preparation for the dissertation.  This second unit is assessed by a dissertation proposal.  The only examinations are for the optional units on the biblical languages Hebrew and Greek.

Dissertation

The second part of the course consists of a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words; students must complete the first part of the course before proceeding to the dissertation. The dissertation is expected to provide evidence of a person's analytical, evaluative and creative abilities.  The dissertation will be on a topic of your choice which builds on your study for Part One.

Entry Requirements for both pathways

- You have a Degree in Theology (at least 2nd class) or equivalent.

- A score of 7 or over on the IELTS test for non-native English speakers.

Exit qualifications

Students who complete 60 credits can attain a Postgraduate Certificate; students who complete Part One (120 credits) can receive a Postgraduate Diploma without attempting the dissertation (Part Two).

MTh pathway in Applied Theology

MTh pathways in Applied Theology and Preaching

Both these pathways on our MTh course are in-service training for Baptist ministers, ministers from other denominations and other people in Christian service.  These pathways aim to raise the standards of professional practice in Christian ministry and our graduates continue to demonstrate that learning and development are constant features of ministerial practice.  The pathways are validated by The University of Manchester.

Course structure

Both pathways have two parts: Part One comprises three 30-credit units plus two 15-credit units; Part Two is a dissertation of 15,000 words.  Part One must be completed within two years, and the units are assessed by a mixture of essays, projects and/or sermons. You are allowed up to two years to complete the dissertation. The maximum time allowed to complete the Master of Theology degree is four years.

The pathways are offered as supported distance learning, which means that you will learn primarily in your own location.  Short residential periods at Spurgeon’s provide face-to-face introductions to units and tutorial support either individually or in small groups; specially written online learning materials are provided to support study at home. Tutors are only an email or phone call away.

Entry requirements for both pathways

- You have been in ministry for a minimum of two years

- You have a Degree in Theology (at least 2nd class) or an equivalent qualification

- You continue your involvement in Christian ministry for the duration of the course

- A score of 7 or over on the IELTS test for non-native English speakers



                                
MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies

Taught MTh Course

MTh pathways Advanced Christian Studies and Biblical and Theological Studies

These pathways are designed for graduates in theology who wish to pursue their studies in more depth. They follow a traditional pattern of attendance at college for seminars once or twice a week, followed by dissertation. The pathways are validated by The University of Manchester.

Specialist pathway: Biblical and Theological Studies (BTS)

This pathway enables you to concentrate specifically on topics in biblical studies, systematic theology and Christian doctrine.

Structure

Both pathways have two parts: Part One comprises five taught units and Part Two is a dissertation of 15,000 words.  You can study full-time or part-time.  Full-time students study the taught units over one year and can do their dissertation over the summer or over the following year.  Part-time students study the taught units over two years and have a further two years in which to complete their dissertation.

Assessment

Students are assessed in a variety of ways such as essays and projects totalling up to 8000 words per unit.  The two compulsory units are taught at the beginning and the end of the course: the first lays a foundation through exploring Theological Enquiry and Interpretation while the second, Theological Research, forms a preparation for the dissertation.  This second unit is assessed by a dissertation proposal.  The only examinations are for the optional units on the biblical languages Hebrew and Greek.

Dissertation

The second part of the course consists of a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words; students must complete the first part of the course before proceeding to the dissertation. The dissertation is expected to provide evidence of a person's analytical, evaluative and creative abilities.  The dissertation will be on a topic of your choice which builds on your study for Part One.

Entry Requirements for both pathways

- You have a Degree in Theology (at least 2nd class) or equivalent.

- A score of 7 or over on the IELTS test for non-native English speakers.

Exit qualifications

Students who complete 60 credits can attain a Postgraduate Certificate; students who complete Part One (120 credits) can receive a Postgraduate Diploma without attempting the dissertation (Part Two).

MTh pathway in Preaching

MTh pathways Applied Theology and Preaching

Both these pathways on our MTh course are in-service training for Baptist ministers, ministers from other denominations and other people in Christian service.  These pathways aim to raise the standards of professional practice in Christian ministry and our graduates continue to demonstrate that learning and development are constant features of ministerial practice.  The pathways are validated by The University of Manchester.

Course structure

Both pathways have two parts: Part One comprises three 30-credit units plus two 15-credit units; Part Two is a dissertation of 15,000 words.  Part One must be completed within two years, and the units are assessed by a mixture of essays, projects and/or sermons. You are allowed up to two years to complete the dissertation.  The maximum time allowed to complete the Master of Theology degree is four years.

The pathways are offered as supported distance learning, which means that you will learn primarily in your own location.  Short residential periods at Spurgeon’s provide face-to-face introductions to units and tutorial support either individually or in small groups; specially written online learning materials are provided to support study at home. Tutors are only an email or phone call away.

 MTh pathway Preaching

This MTh pathway was developed in collaboration with The College of Preachers

www.collegeofpreachers.co.uk

If you are engaged in a regular preaching ministry and wish to refresh your knowledge and skills, this course is specifically designed for you. If you are interested in improving the quality of your preaching by taking a course that enables you to stand back and examine what you are doing in the light of the latest thinking, then take advantage of this unique opportunity!

 Entry requirements for both pathways

- You have been in ministry for a minimum of two years

- You have a Degree in Theology (at least 2nd class) or an equivalent qualification

- You continue your involvement in Christian ministry for the duration of the course

- A score of 7 or over on the IELTS test for non-native English speakers

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