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.


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 make take up to two years.


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. The second unit is assessed by a dissertation proposal. The only examinations are for the optional units on the biblical languages Hebrew and Greek.


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

Exit qualifications

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).

For more details see the programme specification.