We believe our Master of Theology in Scriptural Context programme is unique for two reasons. First, we want to serve the needs of pastor-theologians concerned to increase their understanding and expertise in a wide range of disciplines. So you may choose a mix of modules covering both academic theology and more applied and pastoral subjects.
Secondly, we want to offer maximum flexibility of delivery to accommodate the busy and ever changing routines of those in church leadership. So you may choose to study modules over an intensive few days on campus or over a more extended period in our off-campus Learning Communities.
Whichever way you prefer to study, we guarantee the quality of theological teaching, monitoring and resourcing remains the same. In both contexts you will discover the value of learning alongside fellow students from very different backgrounds and profit from highly experienced and pastorally sensitive supervision.
The MTh programme is made up of two parts, totalling 180 credits. Part One consists of six 20 credit modules, each assessed by means of a 5,000 word essay. (Biblical language modules also include an exam.) Part Two consists of a 15,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits. Successful completion of both parts will lead to the award of an MTh.
On campus, the MTh programme may be completed on a full-time basis in 12 months, or on a part-time basis taking up to 6 years. Most part-time students complete their modules in 2-3 years. Six intensive teaching weeks are scheduled each year, in three periods of consecutive weeks. Two weeks are held at the end of August and beginning of September, two are held in early January, and two are held in March. A full-time student will typically need to attend all 6 teaching weeks in the academic year.
The MTh accessed through Learning Communities is only available as a two year, part-time option.
In Learning Communities, students work through the MTh modules in a less intensive way, typically coming together on a weekly basis throughout the teaching weeks of the semester. They enjoy all the advantages of learning together that they may have already experienced when studying for the GDip.
Six 20 credit modules are made available in alternate years (3 modules one year and three the next) so that new students study the same modules as students in their second year.
Research Methods (Team)
Doctrine of Scripture
Theology of Early Church Fathers
History & Theology of Evangelicalism
Spiritual Formation of the Leader
Contemporary Church Issues for Evangelicalism
Popular Culture & Christian Worldview
Creation & Ecology
This table illustrates the range of modules currently on offer
Applicants should normally have an upper second class honours degree in a relevant, theologically-related subject or have achieved an average of 60% mark in Union’s Graduate Diploma.* Alternatively, where these do not apply, admission may be considered if the applicant is able to demonstrate:
- Experience in a responsible role relevant to the programme of at least three years duration, normally in a full-time position;
- Evidence of relevant reading at an appropriate level;
- Evidence of professional development.
- (Other additional criteria and methods may be used to determine an applicant’s suitability, at the School’s discretion.)
*MTh entry requirements vary slightly for GDip students who enrolled on the GDip prior to 2017/18
Students exiting the MTh programme early will achieve a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of 60 credits from Part One, or a Postgraduate Diploma on successfully attaining 120 credits (i.e. all of Part One).
There are two entry dates for the programme. The main entry date is late August. This is suitable for those interested in either full-time or part-time study. Applications for entry on to the programme in late August must be submitted by June 23rd. An alternative entry point is in early January. However, this is only suitable for those wishing to study on a part-time basis. Applications for the January start must be submitted by November 1st.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.
Modules may be studied individually rather than as part of a full degree course. The Programme Leader will be happy to advise.
Available modules differ from year to year.
The entry point for study is September of each year. Applications for a September start should be submitted by 30th June.
Six 20 credit modules are delivered in alternate years (3 modules one year and three the next) so that new students study the same modules as students in their second year. With the achievement of 120 credits, Part One of the MTh is successfully completed.
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.