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Spurgeon's College · Spurgeon's College

Entry requirements

  • You have been in ministry for a minimum of two years
  • You have a Degree in Theology (at least 2nd class) or equivalent
  • You continue your involvement in Christian ministry for the duration of the course
  • A score of 7 or over on the IELTS test for non-native English speakers

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

This pathway to an MTh is in-service training for Baptist ministers, ministers from other denominations and other people in Christian service. This programme has raised the standards of professional practice in Christian ministry and our graduates continue to demonstrate that learning and development are constant features of ministerial practice. They are now validated by the University of Manchester.

Course structure

Part One comprises three 30-credit units plus two 15-credit units; Part Two is a dissertation of 15,000 words. Each unit is assessed by an essay, sermon or project and takes four to eight months to complete, enabling you to complete Part One in 16 months to three years. The dissertation normally takes six to nine months, so that the minimum time you need to complete the course is two years. The maximum time allowed to complete the Master of Theology degree is five years.

The pathway is offered as supported distance learning, which means that you will learn primarily in your own location. Each unit is introduced by a short residential period at Spurgeon’s, and specially designed online learning materials are provided. The Spurgeon’s Online Learning website provides a wealth of materials for use while students are working through the units at home. The Director of In-service training and the unit tutors are only an email or phone call away.

MTh pathway Preaching

This MTh pathway is offered in collaboration with The College of Preachers, www.collegeofpreachers.co.uk

If you are engaged in a regular preaching ministry and wish to develop your skills, this course is specifically designed for you. It is the one and only Master's degree in the United Kingdom specifically devoted to preaching. If you are interested in improving the quality of your preaching by taking a course that is practical and relevant, then take advantage of this unique opportunity!

Compulsory units

  • Theological Enquiry and Interpretation (15 credits) and Theological Research (15 credits)
  • Preaching – Theology and Practice (30 credits)

Optional units (30 credits each; subject to sufficient demand)

  • Personal and Corporate Aspects of Preaching
  • Preaching, Worship and Mission
  • Preaching and Narrative
  • Historical Roots of Contemporary Preaching
  • The Gospel and Contemporary Thought and Culture
  • Gospel and Film
  • Mission and Ministry in Contemporary Society
  • Biblical Hermeneutics (delivered at weekly seminars)
  • Prophetic Theology (delivered at weekly seminars)

Information for international students

Spurgeon's College is a UK Border Agency Highly Trusted Sponsor of international students. We require a score of 7 or over on the IELTS test for non-native English speakers

Fees and funding

UK students
starting at £3,970
International students
starting at £3,970

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

Visit the website for more details on funding and fees.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
30+ 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