BA (Hons)

The BA (Hons) is our flagship campus-based course for all those preparing for gospel ministry. It provides a robust biblical and theological education at the heart of the Union community, giving hands-on experience of what it means for theological rigour to fuel the mission of the church.


Equipping leaders for all-round ministry

The UST BA (Hons) degree in Theology* aims to offer the richest possible leadership formation experience. Studying alongside fellow students and our exceptional faculty, you will have a unique opportunity to develop not only your biblical and theological knowledge, but also the spiritual wisdom and practical skills you will need to serve the church and bless the world.

During the programme, you will study God’s word in depth, master essential Christian doctrines and learn how to understand and assess the views of major theologians down the ages. Learning biblical languages is optional, but our Greek and Hebrew teaching is widely recognised as exceptional, and we would warmly encourage you to take up the challenge!

We offer a wide range of applied modules and formative workshops directly relevant to your future ministry. Our BA (Hons) students graduate with a solid grounding in God’s word and a strong and comprehensive theology of preaching, pastoring and mission.

*All awards are subject to ongoing validation discussions

Essential Information

Course structure

Year 1

Biblical Theological Applied

Introduction to the Bible

Hebrew Grammar I & II

Greek Grammar I & II

Philippians (English Exegesis)

Introduction to the New Testament

Introduction to Systematic Theology

The Early Church

The Medieval Church

Spiritual & Pastoral Formation

Preaching & Communication I

Church & Mission in the

Contemporary World

Youth & Children’s Ministry

Ministry Placement I

Year 2

Biblical Theological Applied

Hebrew Grammar I & II

Hebrew Texts: Jonah

Hebrew Texts: Ruth

Pentateuchal Studies

Greek Grammar I & II

Greek Texts I & II

Gospel Studies

New Testament Ethics

The Book of Revelation



The Age of the Reformation



Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

Introduction to Pastoral Theology

Preaching & Communication II

Evangelism in a Post-Christian Culture

Active Listening for Pastoral Practice

Ministry Placement II

Year 3

Biblical Theological Applied

Hebrew Texts: Psalms

Wisdom & Prophetic Literature

Greek Texts: Galatians

Pauline Studies

Hebrew Texts: Jonah & Ruth

Greek Texts I & II


The Church in the Modern World

Female Spirituality

Preaching & Communication III

Pastoral Ministry

Independent Study

Module Overview

The BA (Hons) course corresponds to Levels 4-6 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, and is completed in three years full-time study.

Prospective students should have the equivalent of two ‘A’ levels along with passes in three other subjects at GCSE. Other qualifications and experience which demonstrate a candidate’s suitability may also be acceptable. The regular entry point for study is September of each year. Applications should be submitted by 30th June.We will accept applications after this date, however we cannot guarantee that they will be processed in time for the beginning of the academic year.

The BA (Hons) may also be undertaken part-time (up to seven years) and by distance learning. Because of UST’s commitment to studying in community, distance learners are strongly urged to arrange for local pastoral support and to attend campus whenever possible.

Modules may be studied individually rather than as part of a full degree course. The Programme Leader will be happy to advise.

Students exiting the programme early will achieve a Certificate of Higher Education in Theology on successfully attaining 120 credits at Level 4, or a Diploma of Higher Education in Theology on successfully attaining 120 credits at Level 5.

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Next Steps

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