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
  • Radical Free Church Movements - temporary cease on applications

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

This is a unique Master’s course for which you don’t need a degree in Theology - a degree in another subject is sufficient.

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-timers study the taught units over two semesters and can finish the entire course in one calendar year; they can use up to two years to complete their dissertation.  Part-time students take one or two taught units per semester over three to five semesters and then have up to two years to finish the dissertation, so their total course lasts between two and five years.

Assessment
Most units are assessed by an essay or project of up to 6000 words.  The compulsory unit on Research Methods is taken last in Part One because it is a preparation for the dissertation; the assignment for it 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 subject of the dissertation will reflect the topics covered by Part One of the course.

MTh pathway in Advanced Christian Studies

This course is for you if you already have a degree in Theology.  It enables you to take units from the entire field of theological studies.  Ministerial students who already have a qualification in Theology follow this course during their ministerial training.

Structure

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-timers need one full year and can use two years to complete their dissertation; they study the taught units over two semesters.  For ministerial students, the programme lasts for up to three years full-time.

Part-time students take one taught unit per semester over four to five semesters.   The total course thus lasts between three and five years.

Assessment

Most units are assessed by means of essays or projects of up to 8000 words.  The two compulsory units are taught at the beginning and the end of the course: The first consists of sessions on Theological Enquiry and Interpretation while the second 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 subject of the dissertation will reflect the topics covered by Part One of the course. 

MTh pathway in Applied Theology

This course connects academic theology with the day-to-day activities of persons involved in Christian ministry and mission.  It is delivered as in-service training, enabling ministerial training and ministerial practice to go hand in hand.  The traditional view was that the former was simply a platform for the latter.  This proven programme has raised the standards of practice in Christian ministry and our graduates continue to demonstrate that learning and development are constant features of their ministries.

Course structure
The course has two parts:

  • Part One comprises three 30-credit units plus two 15-credit units;
  • Part Two is a dissertation of 15,000 words. 


Each unit is assessed by an essay, sermon or project and takes four to eight months to complete, enabling you to complete Part One in 16 months to three years.  The dissertation normally takes six to nine months, so that the minimum time you need to complete the course is two years.  The maximum time allowed to complete the Master of Theology degree is five years.
This pathway is offered as supported distance learning, which means that you will learn primarily in your own location.  Each unit is introduced by a short residential period at Spurgeon’s, and specially designed online learning materials are provided.  The Spurgeon’s Online Learning website provides a wealth of materials for use while students are working through the units at home.  The Director of In-service training and the unit tutors are only an email or phone call away.

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies

To apply for the BTS course you need to have a degree in Theology (at least second class honours) from an approved institution.

Structure

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-timers need one full year and can use two years to complete their dissertation; they study the taught units over two semesters.  For ministerial students, the programme lasts for up to three years full-time. 

Part-time students take one taught unit per semester over four to five semesters.   The total course thus lasts between three and five years.

Assessment

Most units are assessed by means of essays or projects of up to 8000 words.  The two compulsory units are taught at the beginning and the end of the course: The first consists of sessions on Theological Enquiry and Interpretation while the second 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 subject of the dissertation will reflect the topics covered by Part One of the course. 

MTh pathway in Preaching

If you are engaged in a regular preaching ministry and wish to develop your skills, this course is specifically designed for you.  It is the one and only Master's degree in the United Kingdom specifically devoted to preaching.  If you are interested in improving the quality of your preaching by taking a course that is practical and relevant, then take advantage of this unique opportunity!

This is an in-service training MTh pathway for ministers and other people in Christian service.  This programme has raised the standards of professional practice in Christian ministry and our graduates continue to demonstrate that learning and development are constant features of ministerial practice.

Course structure
The course has two parts:
Part One comprises three 30-credit units plus two 15-credit units;
Part Two is a dissertation of 15,000 words. 

Each unit is assessed by an essay, sermon or project and takes four to eight months to complete, enabling you to complete Part One in 16 months to three years.  The dissertation normally takes six to nine months, so that the minimum time you need to complete the course is two years.  The maximum time allowed to complete the Master of Theology degree is five years.

This pathway is offered as supported distance learning, which means that you will learn primarily in your own location.  Each unit is introduced by a short residential period at Spurgeon’s, and specially designed online learning materials are provided.  The Spurgeon’s Online Learning website provides a wealth of materials for use while students are working through the units at home.  The Director of In-service training and the unit tutors are only an email or phone call away.

MTh pathway in Radical Free Church Movements

We are temporarily ceasing to take applications on to this course and details below are for information only

You may declare a future interest in this course by contacting ADMIssions.

This is an exciting opportunity to gain a Master’s qualification in Radical Free Church Movements.  The course has been completely revamped and most units are only delivered online. It is therefore possible to study this Master’s course from anywhere in the UK, or indeed anywhere in the world.  It is ideal for those who are unable to attend Spurgeon’s College in person.

You can study radical movements and figures, from sixteenth-century Anabaptism through C.H. Spurgeon to twentieth-century Restorationism.  This course is truly unique in the breadth of focus it offers.

Each unit deals with issues of relevance for ministry and mission today.  The material is of a high quality and unit tutors are available to give ongoing support.  Those taking the course also write a dissertation which gives the opportunity of researching and writing in depth on a chosen topic, with the active encouragement and guidance of a specialist supervisor.

More details
The course is a pathway of Spurgeon’s College’s MTh course, validated by the University of Manchester, and most units are available only in ‘distance learning’ (Online) mode.  
The course is in two parts.  Part One consists of five units to the value of 120 credits, Part Two is a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.  The Postgraduate Diploma is available to students who have completed Part One but who are unable or unwilling to continue with the dissertation.  Students who complete just two units (60 credits) can attain a Postgraduate Certificate.
Applicants need to hold at least a second class honours degree in Theology.  The course can be completed in two to five years.  

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