The Master of Theology programme is designed to produce the wise and thoughtful leaders that churches today so desperately need. It offers a flexible and high-level theological equipping for gospel ministry in today’s culture, complementing and completing our BA and GDip programmes.


Union School of Theology is approved by the Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards.

The Master of Theology programme has been developed and will be delivered by Union School of Theology. It has been validated through a process of external peer review by the Open University as being of an appropriate standard and quality to lead to the Open University validated award of Master of Theology in Scripture and Theology.

We believe our MTh in Scripture and Theology 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.

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 some of 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 support.

Programme structure

The MTh programme is made up of two parts, totalling 180 credits(90 ECTS). Part One consists of six modules each worth 20 credits(10 ECTS). Part Two consists of a 15,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits(30 ECTS). Successful completion of both parts will lead to the award of an MTh.

The teaching team includes lecturers such as Mike Reeves, Bob Letham, John Stevens(FIEC), Richard Turnbull

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)

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)


MTh Campus Schedule 20/21 Module Descriptors Overview

Available modules on campus differ from year to year; these are indicated in the Campus Schedule.

The schedule of modules being delivered in learning communities in any given year is available by contacting UST or the relevant Learning Community.

*These modules are not available in Learning Communities. Any student interested in these modules should contact the School directly to discuss possible options.

Essential Information

M. Th. Applicants should normally have a lower second class honours degree in Theology or a similar discipline. Applicants may also be admitted who have achieved an average of 50% in UST’s Graduate Diploma in Theology. 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).


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 4 years. Most part-time students complete their taught modules in 2-3 years and the dissertation in one year. 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. However, where either Greek or Hebrew is taken, this will require more frequent attendance; see the Campus Schedule.

It is possible to begin the programme with any of the six intensive teaching weeks. In the case of entry at weeks 1 or 2 teaching block, 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 January. Note, however, it is only possible to study on a full-time basis by beginning the programme at teaching week 1 in August.

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

Learning Community

The MTh accessed through Learning Communities is only available 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 semesters. 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 M. Th. In a Learning Community is September of each year. Applications for a September start should be submitted by 2nd August.

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, with the Dissertation remaining. The Dissertation may be completed over the summer months following the second year of taught modules, making it possible to complete the programme in 2 years. Alternatively, as with campus students, it is possible to take up to a year to complete the Dissertation.

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.

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.