Please read this page carefully before applying for a course with Union School of Theology. The information here is designed to help make the process as easy as possible.

How to Apply

In order to apply for a programme of study at Union School of Theology please complete the Application form using the link at the bottom of the page. If you decide to apply for a PhD research degree in theology with UST, you will be asked to submit a pre-application research proposal, (see Research degrees pages on the UST website) before completing the application form below.

If you require the application form in another format please contact the UST Academic Registrar at

The full details of the policies and procedures for UST’s BA, G. Dip and M.Th programmes are in the UST Handbook of Policies and Procedures (Programmes), which can be found here.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with these before applying.

The BA, Graduate Diploma and Master of Theology degree programmes are all validated by the Open University.

Information for International Students

There are a number of requirements for international students. Please read the following information carefully. If you have any questions please email

Visa Requirements for degree Programmes

UST is currently sponsoring Tier 4 visa applicants, for more information please contact Emily our Academic Registrar

English Language Requirements

For applicants to our degree programmes

Only English speakers (according to the UKVI list of English speaking countries ) are exempt from taking an English language proficiency test. The normal expectation for English language proficiency is IELTS. Where this is not available, assessments of English proficiency, alternative English language qualifications such as ESOL, TOEFL (taken at official testing centre) will be considered.

English Language Requirements:

For our undergraduate programmes, an IELTS score of 6.0 in all test categories, is required where the applicant’s home country is not listed by the UK Government as a majority English-speaking country.

For our Masters programme, an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all test categories is required where the applicant’s home country is not listed by the UK Government as a majority English-speaking country.

For our PhD programmes, an IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in all categories, is required where the applicants home country is not listed by the UK Government as a majority English-speaking country.


  1. IELTS scores (or recognised equivalent) will only be accepted within two years of the test result.
  2. Applicants cannot be interviewed or accepted onto a programme of study until a satisfactory IELTS (or recognised equivalent) results certificate has been received by UST.

Exemptions from English language requirements are normally only granted to those applicants who have either been resident in the UK for a long period of time or who have obtained their academic entry qualifications, through the medium of English, from a recognised institution in a majority English-speaking country (as defined above). Any claim for exemption from IELTS testing must be emailed to at the time of application. The decision of Union School of Theology on this matter will be final.

UK Study Credits and ECTS Study Credits Transfer

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is for credit transfer between institutions of higher education across Europe. This helps to transfer academic credits between institutions. ECTS works on the basis that 60 higher education academic credits represents the workload of a full-time student in Higher Education during a single academic year. The expectation is that a full-time study programme workload in Europe is approximately 1500-1800 hours per year, therefore one ECTS credit represents approximately 25-30 working hours.

ECTS credits are allocated to all modules, courses, placements, dissertation work, etc, in Higher Education programmes. A UK undergraduate degree (360 study credits) equates to 180 ECTS credits and a UK Master’s degree (180 study credits) equates to 90 ECTS credits.

About the Application Form

  • The form is a PDF document that you can download, type straight into and save as you go along.
  • When you have finished you need to email the completed form and scans of any accompanying certificates (e.g. IELTS or your previous qualifications) to

What you'll need...

To complete this application form, you will need the following information to hand.

  • Details of any qualifications you have, from GCSE level (or equivalent) onwards. A scanned copy of your highest and most relevant qualification certificates or academic transcript will be required to complete your application, but can be supplied later if these are not easily located.
  • Details of any employment or relevant experience since leaving school
  • Scanned copy of your IELTS certificate if English is not your first language
  • A brief personal statement about yourself and your interest in studying theology
  • Details of any theological books (apart from the Bible) that you have found particularly helpful.
  • You should be prepared to pay the £35.00 application fee to enable us to process your application. You will be sent an invoice for this by email after you have submitted your application.
  • You should NOT apply for a research course (PhD) until your pre-application enquiry has been approved. Please see the research degrees page for further details.


We require three references – normally one from a local church leader, one from a personal friend, and one from your employer or academic institution. If you would like to ask an alternative person to act as one of your referees, please discuss this with us.

Please download this form and fill in the contact details for your three referees. It should be emailed to us along with your application form to We will then contact your referees directly. Please let them know that they will receive an email from us requesting a reference.

Before applying, please read the Policies and Procedures page.

For full details of our admissions policy see the Union School of Theology Admissions Policy. We hope that your process of application is smooth and satisfactory. However, if you wish to complain about, or appeal against, a decision relating to admissions please go to the Union School of Theology Complaints Against An Admissions Decision Policy

Click on one of the following links to download the relevant application form:

Application form for BA

Application form for GDip

Application form for MTh

Application form for PhD

Application form for Individual Modules