The Theology & Worship programme has helped mould me into a much stronger leader than I could have imagined. I have grown both as a theologian and as a musician. My eyes have been opened to explore the various ‘flavours’ and styles of worship across many different denominations.
The Theology & Worship programme is designed for students who have obvious gifts in music but who come without a confident grasp of general musicianship skills or have limited experience in music theory and notation.
This programme is for those who want to advance their music skills and understanding to a high level and at the same time wish to be theologically equipped. Applicants are likely to come from a more contemporary music background.
We are committed to equipping confident, theologically aware and spiritually attuned worship designers, facilitators, music directors and leaders of musical worship in order to serve effectively in the local church and elsewhere, and to train and release others in ministry.
We encourage breadth in worship expression, promoting diverse forms of music and corporate worship that celebrate both our rich heritage and contemporary expression. We explore and encourage the contributions of other cultures and engage with varied expressions of Christian spirituality.
The faculty members include leading thinkers and practitioners in music and worship. Their combined experience includes facilitating worship at major national and international conferences, long-term local church ministry, cross-cultural music mission, producing worship resources, and performing world- class music in both classical and contemporary contexts. This experience is combined with a rigorous approach to the integration of theological and biblical insights based on a wealth of academic study.
In your first year you will study a substantial core of theological studies and a wide range of music and worship modules. In your second and third years you will be able to select a number of options as well as the core modules.
For full-time students it is expected that you will be able to commit around 40-50 hours per week to your studies. For students studying on campus lectures will take place between 9am – 6pm on Mondays to Fridays. This normally equates to around 12 hours of lectures and 30 hours of personal study time.
For part-time students it is expected that you will be able to commit around 20-25 hours per week to your studies. For students studying on campus lectures will take place between 9am – 6pm on Mondays & Tuesdays in Year 1 and Wednesdays & Thursdays in Year 2. For blended students we also recommend a commitment of 20 hours per week to enable you to complete the necessary work.
Full-time students are expected to complete the BA in 3 years. Part-time students are expected to complete the BA in 6 years.
We welcome applications from instrumentalists or vocalists with no formal music qualifications. Particular importance is attached to the interview and audition where we will look at your potential to undertake the music requirements of the course. A Music Information Profile that gives specific details of an applicant’s musical experience will be required prior to the audition.
For international students an audition-recording is acceptable should you not be able to attend an audition on campus.
In addition, students must demonstrate the ability to undertake successfully an undergraduate programme of this nature. This will normally mean two A levels plus three different GCSE passes at grade C or above (one GCSE must be English), or equivalent alternatives for students under 21.
Mature students (aged 21 and over) without these qualifications will be considered individually. If you do not meet the above entry requirements, please contact the Engagement Team who will help you to identify a suitable programme of study.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language must take the Secure English Language Test (SELT).
The undergraduate Theology, Music & Worship programme has three levels of study.
The Theology, Music & Worship programme can be completed to Certificate, Diploma or Degree level.