Applying to London School of Theology

Undergraduate and taught Postgraduate programmes are developed and are delivered and assessed by London School of Theology, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University.

Research programmes are Middlesex University programmes and qualifications, jointly developed, delivered and assessed by Middlesex and London School of Theology, and quality assured by Middlesex University.

Most applicants will apply directly to LST, please see the Apply to Study page for further details.  Our programmes are listed on the UCAS website and you can choose to apply for our undergraduate programmes through this route.

London School of Theology offers a broad range of courses that differ both in length, delivery mode and subject studied. Students studying here range from those who have recently finished A levels, those who are continuing studies finished years ago, to those who simply want to better their understanding and theological foundation . You can study programmes ranging from: a Certificate (1 year full time, 2 years part time), a Diploma (2 year full time, 4 years part time), a BA (Hons) (3 year full time, up to 6 years part time), a range of postgraduate programmes (taught and research courses) up to a PhD.

In addition to core training in biblical studies, theology, hermeneutics and applied praxis, our programmes also have different pathways integrating theologically with a variety of other subject areas such as our integrative degrees in Music & Worship or Counselling.

We also offer a range of delivery options, from full-time time study as a resident at our accommodation in our Northwood campus, to degrees delivered fully through self-paced paper-based courses, or through online delivery around the world.

Click on the links below for more information on the entry requirements for our undergraduate courses.

Theology & Counselling
Theology, Music & Worship
Theology & Worship

Our application form is all online and can be found on this website. Go to the home page and click the ‘Apply’ button. From here you’ll be directed to our online application form. If you get stuck, need some help or simply want to come back to your application at a later date, hit the ‘Save’ button and give us a call.

The application deadline is the end of August for our start date which is usually around the first day in October. If you apply later, we’ll do our best to get you here for September of the same year, but some things can cause delay. You can help by making sure the people you quote for references know we will be contacting them and are ready to send back the reference forms as soon as possible.

When we receive your application, we will contact your referees. There are specific questionnaires or tests relevant to Music or Counselling if you are applying for either of these courses. When we have received satisfactory references, we will then call you for interview.

Yes! Part-time study is available for all of our undergraduate courses. Please look at each course for more specific details.

International students

If you are applying from outside the UK we will arrange an interview for you via Skype©. You are strongly advised to submit your application at least nine months before your programme begins. Our British BA degree is at least equivalent to a US MDiv programme in terms of breadth of study and academic level.

All non-UK applicants must have a Student Route visa in order to study in the UK.

To study in the UK at degree level or above, you will need to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), now the Secure English Language Test (SELT), with a minimum score of 6.5 in all four elements, which is equivalent to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level B2. For Postgraduate taught and research degrees the minimum score is normally 7.0. You can take the IELTS/SELT at any UKVI approved centre or provider.

Apart from the above requirement, applicants for whom English is not their first language, must also ensure that their level of English is sufficient to undertake study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. If not, then it would be advisable to undertake an English Language course for a year prior to undertaking study at either degree level or above.

Do not worry if you are not familiar with higher education in England. London School of Theology provides support for writing essays in the form of study skills, which all new students are required to attend. Additionally, LST lecturers operate an open-door policy, which together with the peer-to-peer support available, ensures that your study experience is a positive one.

International students must be in possession of a Student Route visa to study in the UK. You can apply for a student visa three months before you start your programme. More information can be found at

Undergraduate applicants requiring a Student Visa visa must speak to the Engagement Team prior to applying.

Postgraduate applicants requiring a Student Visa visa must speak to the Postgraduate Admissions Administrator prior to applying.

Funding your studies

There are many different ways to find funding for your studies. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to get a range of financial help and support. You could get grants and bursaries (which you don’t have to pay back) and loans (which you do). There is also extra help if you have children or adult dependants, or a disability, including a long- term health condition, mental-health condition or a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

The most common way is to apply for a student loan. Your loan contract is with the Secretary of State for the Department for Education (DfE) in England. The Student Loans Company (SLC), which is a non-profit government organisation, is acting as an agent on their behalf and administers loans and grants to students in universities and colleges in the UK.

Sometimes students find that they have tried every avenue and are still unable to make ends meet. London School of Theology has an established means-tested bursary scheme to which students can apply for a grant towards fees, and also essentials such as food and travel.

We also have limited funds available to award fee scholarships each year. For further information, please speak to the Engagement Team or Postgraduate Admissions Administrator.

Yes! If you need someone to talk to regarding your finances, members of our friendly accounts team are always on hand to give advice and support. Remember, it is better to talk to them about your finances rather than avoid them. If they don’t know then they can’t help!

For some students, worry and anxiety about finance can be overwhelming. If this is the case, we strongly encourage you to speak to our Pastoral Care Team who will pray with you and help you to understand a way to move forward.

Raising funds can often be difficult. We have teamed up with the Christian charity Stewardship© to provide fundraising training and support for our students. Not only does this training equip students for life at London School of Theology, but it is also particularly helpful in training students to raise funds for their ministries in the future.

Fees are invoiced annually in advance and are payable according to your agreed payment plan.

Students who withdraw from their course of study during the year are liable for fees for the entire year.

If you move out of school accommodation in the middle of the academic year you are responsible for the residence fees until we find someone to move into your room.

Students who owe the school money may not be permitted to graduate, or to continue with their studies, in accordance with Student Debtors procedure.

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