MTh

The Master of Theology is designed to strengthen leaders in their gospel ministry. It deepens leaders’ biblical and theological knowledge while strengthening their pastoral, preaching and leadership skills. With options for full and part-time study, and offered on campus or in Learning Communities, the MTh provides church leaders with a feasible option to study alongside current ministry commitments.

Overview

Our MTh in Scripture and Theology, validated by The Open University, is designed with two purposes in mind: depth and flexibility.

As well as a wide range of modules, you also complete a core dissertation where you can explore a chosen subject in more depth with the guidance and support of a faculty member.

The MTh is extremely flexible, to serve those currently in ministry, work or academic positions. You can choose to study over an intensive few days on campus or over a more extended period in our off-campus Learning Communities.

Most students on the MTh already serve as pastors, elders, church planters, women’s workers and ministry leaders, or are studying alongside other work or family commitments. Students come from a variety of backgrounds and ministry contexts across the UK and further afield. This diverse community means that students not only learn from and build friendships with faculty, but also one another – supporting each other throughout their ministry.

Programme Details and Contents

Each module is focussed on specific areas of biblical, linguistic, historical, systematic or pastoral studies, but is broad enough to meet the needs of students across a variety of ministry contexts. Using a blend of lectures, seminars and class discussions, our faculty guide students through their studies, exposing them to a range of theological scholarship and beliefs while equipping them with concrete skills for ministry.

Course structure:

The MTh programme is made up of two parts, totalling 180 credits (90 ECTS):

  • Part One: six taught modules, each worth 20 credits (10 ECTS). There are two core modules that everyone must complete: Doctrine of Scripture and Research Methods.
  • Part Two consists of a 15,000-word dissertation worth 60 credits (30 ECTS). With approval from their supervisor, students can choose their own area of research and will receive regular support and guidance.

Successful completion of Part 1 and Part 2 will lead to the award of an MTh.

It is possible to take individual MTh modules rather than as part of a full degree course. The admissions officer will be happy to advise.

Biblical Studies Theological and Historical Studies Ministerial Practice
Research Methods (Team)

Hebrew Texts*

Greek Exegesis*

Advanced Greek Reading*

Advanced Exegesis of Biblical Texts in English (not available in LCs)

Biblical Theology

Doctrine of Scripture

Theology of Early Church Fathers

History & Theology of Evangelicalism

Creation and the Environment (not available in LCs)

Soteriology in the Reformation

Spiritual Formation of the Leader

Contemporary Church Issues for Evangelicalism

Popular Culture & the Christian Worldview
(not available in LCs)

Preachers and Their Preaching (not available in LCs)

Dissertation

*these modules are only available on campus

Delivery:

Our flexible programme makes studying as accessible as possible - you can immerse yourself full-time in your studies or spread your classes out to fit around existing commitments.

Campus-based:

The teaching is delivered in intensive week-long blocks, with two modules delivered back-to-back, as you can see in the chart below. Students choosing a Biblical Languages module will attend all 3 of the Language weeks, beginning with Language Week 1.

August/September

Week 1

Week 2

Language Week 1

January

Week 3

Week 4

Language Week 2

March

Week 5

Week 6

Language Week 3

Contact time for each module is 20 hours, and the self-study time for each module varies between 130 and 180 hours.

Full-time campus studies – in one year: all 6 of the modules scheduled for that academic year will be completed, beginning with Week 1, and the dissertation is begun once the taught elements have been completed. Only one Biblical Languages module may be taken on the full-time MTh.

The entry point is September each year. Applications must be received by 26th June.

Part-time campus studies – over up to 4 years: you may choose to split your modules in any way you wish. For example, you could take 3 in your first year and 3 in your second year, or 4 and 2, or 2 each year over three years, and then write your dissertation in the year after completing your taught modules. Please see the Module Descriptors Overview for a list of the modules available to part-time students.

  • Please note, one module from each stream must be taken.

You can study one Language module in each academic year. Currently, Greek Exegesis and Advanced Greek run in alternate years, meaning you may have to wait until the following year for the next class which suits your ability. Language modules all begin with Language Week 1 in September.

You can choose to start at any time during the academic year. In the case of entry at weeks 1 or 2, applications must be received by 26th June. For entry at weeks 3 or 4, applications must be received by November 1st. For entry at weeks 5 or 6, applications must be received by 31st July.

Module choices: the availability and running order of the modules varies from year to year, so please be sure to check that the modules you wish to take are being run during the academic year(s) you are planning to attend. For this semester’s Campus Schedule, click on the link below:

MTh Campus Schedule 20/21 Module Descriptors Overview

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In Learning Communities– part-time over 2 or 3 years, meeting one day a week

(or for intensive weeks at selected locations – please contact the Admissions team for details)

Each Learning Community has 6 set modules, though these may differ between LCs – please check that the community you wish to attend offers the modules you want to study.

Students at a Learning Community are usually required to attend their LC on a weekly basis, rather than for a block-lecture week. Modules average 15-18 sessions and 160-180 hours of independent study.

All the teaching and assessment is delivered by UST lecturers, with a local Lead Mentor facilitating the work of the Learning Community.

The entry point for study of the MTh in a Learning Community is September of each year. Applications for a September start should be submitted by 31st July.

Six 20 credit modules are delivered either in alternate years (3 modules one year and three the next) or on a 3-year rotation (2 modules in each year), so that new students study the same modules as those continuing their studies. Students can submit their dissertation at any time in the year following completion of the taught element.

Students in a Learning Community who wish to take language modules must visit the campus for all three of the intensive weeks (see the chart at the top of this page) and will ‘swap’ the language module in place of another module from the Learning Community.

Students will typically need to study around 20-25 hours per week over the 22 teaching weeks of each academic year. This includes the one study day a week generally spent in the Learning Community.

Our network of Learning Communities is spread throughout the world and a select number offer the MTh. Please visit this page to see if your nearest one offers the MTh. If it doesn’t, please get in touch with our team who will try to help.

Please note, not all modules are available in Learning Communities, but students are able to choose the option of language study on campus, and the topic of their dissertation.

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Module Descriptors Overview

“I perhaps shouldn’t have been surprised, but what’s continually struck me is the warmth of the community. Studying here isn’t simply an opportunity to study the scriptures and understand theology and ministry better, it’s also an opportunity to be refreshed personally and spiritually.” - David, an MTh student and church planter in the Balkans

Living on campus during the MTh

During the intensive teaching weeks most students stay in our on-site accommodation and eat meals together with faculty in our dining hall. This is a very well-priced option and allows students to build friendships with faculty and other students. Students are also welcome to bring their family if they wish to have a ‘mini-break’ from home – the surrounding area has award-winning beaches, countryside and leisure facilities.

The campus is in easy reach of motorways, Bridgend train station and Cardiff Airport, with connecting international flights.

Some students studying on a full-time basis choose to live on campus for an academic year and join in the community life which includes pastoral workshops, research seminars, and communal worship and prayer.

Admission Requirements

MTh applicants should normally have a lower second-class honours degree in Theology or a closely related discipline. Applicants may also be admitted who have achieved an average of 50% in UST’s Graduate Diploma in Theology. Please visit this page for more information on the GDip. Where applicants do not meet the normal entry criteria, admission may be permitted if the applicant can demonstrate that they have the experience and / or prior qualifications to be reasonably expected to succeed on the programme.

Students exiting the MTh programme early will achieve a Postgraduate Diploma if they have successfully attained 120 credits (i.e. all of Part One but not the dissertation).

Essential Information

  • Full-time completion in 1 year, or part-time in up to 4 years
  • Can be studied on campus or in Learning Communities
  • On-campus study can begin with any of the three teaching blocks. Learning Community based study always begins in September
  • Students must complete a total of 6 taught modules then a dissertation
  • The MTh corresponds to Level 7 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • Modules may be studied individually rather than as part of a full degree programme

Regulations for Open University Awards at Union School of Theology

2019-20 Master of Theology in Scripture and Theology Student Handbook: Union School of Theology - Open University Validated Programme

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Next Steps

If you have any questions about this course or the application process, please get in touch.

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