Taught course

Advanced Christian Studies

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Entry requirements

A good Bachelor's degree in Theology

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

This course is for you if you already have a degree in Theology. It enables you to take units from the entire field of theological studies. Ministerial students who already have a qualification in Theology attempt this course during their ministerial training.


Both pathways have two parts: Part One comprises five taught units and Part Two is a dissertation of 15,000 words. You can study full-time or part-time. Full-timers need one full year and can use two years to complete their dissertation; they study the taught units over two semesters. Part-time students take one or two taught units per semester over three to five semesters. Their total course thus lasts between two and five years.


Most units are assessed by means of essays or projects of up to 6000 words. The compulsory unit is partly taught at the beginning and partly at the end of the course: its first half consists of study skills and its second half forms a preparation for the dissertation. This second half is assessed by a dissertation proposal. The only examinations are for the optional units on the biblical languages Hebrew and Greek.


The second part of the course consists of a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words; students must complete the first part of the course before proceeding to the dissertation. The dissertation is expected to provide evidence of a person's analytical, evaluative and creative abilities. The subject of the dissertation will reflect the topics covered by Part One of the course.

Information for international students

Spurgeon's College is a UK Border Agency Highly Trusted Sponsor of international students.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Our fees are competitive and our courses are registered with the Student Loans company.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Rosie Holley
020 8683 8462