Available on campus in full time and part time mode and online in part time mode.
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. You do however, need a good knowledge of English, the Bible and the Church.
For those studying on campus in London: They follow a traditional pattern of attendance at college for seminars once or twice a week. Once students have finished the taught stage they go on to work on their dissertation, whilst still receiving regular supervision from their dissertation tutor.
For those studying by online learning: They study on Friday afternoons in term time via live zoom lectures, and listen to the postgraduate seminar online at another convenient point in the week. Once students have finished the taught stage they go on to work on their dissertation, whilst still receiving regular supervision from their dissertation tutor.
The course has two parts: Part one comprises five taught units and part two is a dissertation of 15,000 words. You can choose to study either 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 normally take one year to complete their dissertation although they may take up to two years.
Units and Assessment
Students are assessed in a variety of ways such as essays and projects totalling up to 8000 words per unit. All students take units on Studying Christian Theology, Reading and Using the Bible and Spirituality, as well as a unit on Theological Research which forms a preparation for the dissertation, assessed by a dissertation proposal. Students choose one further unit from a range of options.
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 from Part One.
Entry Requirements for both pathways
- A Degree in a previous discipline (at least 2nd class).
- A score of 7 or over on the IELTS test for non-native English speakers.
- All suitable candidates will be invited for an interview.
Students who complete 60 credits can obtain a Postgraduate Certificate; students who complete Part One (120 credits) can receive a Postgraduate Diploma without attempting the dissertation (Part Two).
How much does it cost?
You can find a breakdown of current fees by course type here.
A deposit of £300 and registration fee of £600 is payable when accepting an offer.
This course in full time and part time mode (either on campus or by online learning) is registered with Student Finance England. If you are eligible you can get a masters loan to pay your fees. To find out more, please click here.
How to apply
You can apply by completing an online application form using the link below.