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This pathway is 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.

Once students have finished the taught stage they go on to work on their dissertation, whilst still receiving regular supervision from their dissertation tutor.

This pathway allows you to focus in depth on key elements of biblical interpretation and themes in classic and contemporary Christian theology.



This pathway 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. There are three compulsory units: Theological Enquiry and Interpretation at the beginning of the course; Biblical Hermeneutics; and, at the end of the course, Theological Research which, forms a preparation for the dissertation. The latter unit is assessed by a dissertation proposal. The only examinations are for the optional units on the biblical languages Hebrew and Greek, offered to students with a good level of prior knowledge, subject to a sufficient cohort size



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 Theology (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.


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).


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 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.


Please contact the admissions department for more information.


Telephone: 07425 716696

Fore more details about this course see the programme specification.