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Masters in Theology (MTh)

Belfast Bible College is a constituent college of Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) which is a Russell Group university and widely regarded as one of the leading centres for the teaching of Theology in the UK.

Theology at Queen’s offers students the opportunity to engage with a wide range of theological disciplines, exploring religious belief, the history of the Christian church, pastoral studies and key issues in theological thought.

This one year postgraduate qualification is awarded by Queen’s University, Belfast and is ideally suited to those who place a high value on research and independent study. It is open to those who have a primary degree (2.1 and above) in theology, from a recognised university. For those with a degree in another subject, the Institute of Theology require the successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Theology comprising one year of full–time study. The Graduate Diploma and MTh can also be completed on a part–time basis.

For the MTh award, students complete four modules and a Dissertation of 20,000 words. The course is designed to allow students to shape a postgraduate degree around their particular interests within a range of theological disciplines. There is no set syllabus, allowing students a high degree of flexibility to put together their own pathway of study, in consultation with their agreed supervisor. The MTh allows students to work towards a high level qualification, from a very well recognised university, leaving them, well placed to pursue further postgraduate research, or enter into a range of ministry situations.

Applying from overseas? 

Overseas applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 in an undergraduate degree in theology, from a recognised university, as well as an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, if English is not their first language.

Aims of the Programme

On completion of the MTh, each student is expected to have:

1. developed a specialised understanding of their chosen theological area;

2. demonstrated evidence of wide and independent reading;

3. developed research skills through engaging in an extended supervised dissertation.

Please contact us for further information about the programme, and the specific modules which are available in the forthcoming academic year.

Degree Plus: BBC Associate Diploma

In line with QUB’s desire to ensure their graduates demonstrate clear employability skills, BBC also offers all QUB students the opportunity to work towards an ‘Associate Diploma’ during their time with us. This is awarded alongside your MTh, and in recognition of the extra ways in which QUB students contribute to the life of the BBC community. The Associate Diploma offers students the opportunity to complete a weekly ministry placement, a summer home or international placement as well as being involved in community life in many other ways. The Associate Diploma is widely recognised by employers, churches and ministry organisations.

Application Process

Those interested in completing the Masters in Theology should contact us before submitting a formal application, to help us determine your suitability for the programme.