Taught course

Christian Thought and Practice

Spurgeon's College · Spurgeon's College

Entry requirements

A good Bachelor's degree.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

Spurgeon’s College offers a unique Master’s course for which you don’t need a degree in Theology - a degree in another subject is sufficient. No wonder this course attracts so many students! But you do need a good knowledge of English, the Bible and the Church before we can admit you. The course is now validated by the University of Manchester.


The course has 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 study the taught units over two semesters and can finish the entire course in one calendar year; they can use up to two years to complete their dissertation. Part-time students take one or two taught units per semester over three to five semesters and then have up to two years to finish the dissertation, so their total course lasts between two and five years.


Most units are assessed by an essay or project of up to 6000 words. The compulsory unit on Research Methods is taken last in Part One because it is a preparation for the dissertation; the assignment for it is to write 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.

‘The college has exceeded all my expectations

as I have developed much knowledge of the Word and the ministry

which I previously did not realise was lacking.

The friendships I have developed on campus are simply beyond comprehension.’

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.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
24 months

Further details of qualification

Exit qualifications Students who complete 60 credits can attain a Postgraduate Certificate. Students who complete Part One (the taught 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