Both of 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, though you would normally expect to complete it in one year. 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; specially written online learning materials are provided to support study at home. Tutors can be contacted by email or phone for support.

Entry requirements

  • You have been in ministry for a minimum of two years and have completed a course of training for ministry at least two years before that
  • A degree in Theology (at least 2nd class)
  • Continued involvement in Christian ministry for the duration of the course
  • A score of 7 or over on the ILETS test for non-native English speakers

For more details see the programme specification.