Taught course

Biblical and Theological Studies

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Entry requirements

To apply for the BTS course you need to have a degree in Theology (at least second class honours) from an approved institution.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content


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

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

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Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
60 months

Further details of qualification

Students who complete just two units can attain a Postgraduate Certificate; students who complete Part One (five units) can receive a Postgraduate Diploma without attempting the dissertation (Part Two).


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

Course contact details

Rosie Holley
020 8683 8462