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MRes Theology

Do you want to know more and think more about theological issues, to go deeper into a specific subject and really get to grips with the intricacies and nuances of that area? The MRes course at Belfast Bible College will equip you to think theologically about the world around you and to be able to speak with insight on a range of contemporary Biblical issues. This course is excellent preparation for working in a range of ministry situations.

The MRes is a one-year, full-time taught course (with dissertation) that stands alone as excellent training in theological thinking and writing. It is ideally suited to those who place a high value on independent study and it can be used as preparation for a PhD with Queen’s University. The MRes 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.

Application Process

Those interested in completing the MRes Theology are encouraged to initially enquire to Belfast Bible College and give us some information about your undergraduate degree and the area in which you would like to study. 

We will then advise you about the next stage of the application process. This includes putting you in touch with a potential supervisor, who will discuss with you options of study in your area of interest.  After this you will need to apply directly to Queen’s. And upon acceptance please return to this page to register with the College. 


Taught modules will normally be assessed by 100% coursework, of two assignments, 3,000 words each, with some language modules requiring a formal examination. There is also a skills module element which is taught by Queen’s and includes a variety of assessment measures. The remaining component is the dissertation of 20,000 words.

The pass mark for each taught module and for the dissertation is 50%. A re-sit will be available for any taught module, the pass mark to be capped at 50% for classification purposes.

Career Options

The MRes allows students to work towards a recognised qualification that leaves students well placed to pursue further postgraduate study or to enter into a range of ministry situations. The MRes is excellent preparation for teaching in churches and being involved in leadership. The skills learnt through MRes study are very desirable by many workplace employers.

A Queen's University Belfast Degree

Belfast Bible College is a constituent college of Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) which is a Russell Group university and recognised centre for the study 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.

By undertaking your QUB postgraduate study at BBC, you will not only be studying in a College that values academic excellence but will also be engaging with a faith community of staff and students drawn from thirty different countries and a range of Christian denominations. This diversity offers QUB students a distinctive study experience that places academic learning alongside excellent opportunities for spiritual ministry formation and preparation.

Students undertaking any of the Queen’s University Belfast degrees through BBC are full students of the University and thus all University facilities are available to them.

Additional information about Queen’s University Belfast can be found at www.qub.ac.uk


Learning & Teaching

The course is taught full-time over three semesters. In the first two semesters the student studies material in four taught modules at BBC, plus a set of units in postgraduate study skills taught at QUB. From May to September, 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 MRes programme.

Along with expertise in their subject area, the MRes programme is designed to give students a thorough grasp of presentational, bibliographical, technological, literary and linguistic skills.

On completion of the MRes, 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.