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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.

Master of Theology (MTh)

The MTh is a one–year full–time taught course (with dissertation) that stands alone as excellent training in theological thinking and writing.  It also can be used as preparation for a PhD with Queen’s University. The MTh allows students to work towards a high level qualification from a well recognised university, leaving them well placed to pursue further postgraduate research or to enter into a range of ministry and professional situations.

Entry Requirements for MTh

Entry is through obtaining an acceptable undergraduate degree in Theology at level 2:1 or above or through the Graduate Diploma. 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 or two years of part–time study. 



Course Structure of MTh

The course is taught full–time over three semesters. In the first two semesters the student studies more general, taught preparatory material in a number of modules plus a set of units in postgraduate study skills. During the summer period, a 20,000 word dissertation on the student’s approved area of study is written with supervision.

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 supervisor.

There are also part–time study options for the MTh programme.

Applying from overseas for the MTh? 

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.

Course Costs of the MTh

The cost for the full–time MTh for 2014–15 is £4,250 (plus enrolment fee of £397).

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 QUB postgraduate students the opportunity to work towards an Associate Diploma during their time with us. This is awarded alongside the 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 and to appoint a supervisor for you.