BA (Hons) Theology
The programme addresses our changing cultural and intellectual climate and how the Christian faith relates relevantly and practically to society.

Studying theology enables students to ask questions that will shape and challenge the way they approach the bible and the rest of their lives.  Theology at LST is an academically rigorous programme that seeks to offer a deeper understanding of God and Scripture and its relevance to individuals, the church and the world.

The Theology programme gave me a fantastic opportunity to explore the diversity and depth of the Christian faith. The faculty are not only brilliant in their delivery and support, but also show authentic care for the students, whilst learning together has been a wonderful experience.

Phil Macaulay

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Programme Overview

You will have the privilege of studying alongside and interacting with students and staff from diverse backgrounds and denominations, which enriches the whole study programme. In addition, you will experience personal spiritual growth through the taught programmes, and also through the community and extracurricular activities organised by the student body.

There are three broad categories in the curriculum, the first being biblical studies, the second historical/systematic theology and the third areas of practical theology.
At London School of Theology we believe in theological education that is integrative, which means modules are not set in rigid sub-disciplinary tracks, but are in dialogue with each other on a shared matrix reference to the Bible – experience, tradition, reason, and community. It also means that we endeavour to characterise each module through elements of academic knowledge and understanding, spiritual formation and ministerial training.

Whether you study on campus in London, remotely online, or as a blended combination, you will take the same modules, meet the same outcomes, undertake the same assessments, benefit from quality teaching and tutoring provision and graduate with the same degree.

All undergraduate Theology students can study the same programme on campus, online or in any blended combination of the two delivery modes.

Programme Outline

In the first year, you will study three complementary strands of theological thinking: Biblical Studies; Christian History, Doctrine and Theology; and Christian Life, Ministry and Mission.  Apart from the compulsory modules, the Student must take one optional module within each of 3 categories (taking a total of 3 optional modules).

In the second year, two-thirds of modules are compulsory and one-third are optional. In the third year, one-quarter of the modules are compulsory.

Biblical Studies

The Bible is a rich, complex and exciting book, fundamental to the Christian faith. It is vital for us to grasp how its message relates to those around us. Studies in this area will help you develop a better understanding of the content of the Christian Scriptures and the tools necessary for their interpretation.

You will study both Old and New Testaments, concentrating on various books, themes, genres, and explore how the books were understood in their original contexts. You will also study the Bible as the Church’s Message to the contemporary world and explore how its message relates to issues today. You have the option of studying biblical languages, both Hebrew and Greek, to third year level.

Biblical Studies modules include: New Testament Survey; Old Testament Survey; Genesis, Prophets and God; Jesus and the Gospels; Key Biblical Texts (Romans); Issues in Biblical Texts (Corinthians); New Testament Greek 1A, 1B & 2; Old Testament Hebrew 1 & 2.

Historic and Systematic Theology

How did the Church survive in its fledgling beginnings? What motivated the Church to embrace certain doctrines and reject others? Who were the original story writers and leaders of the Christian faith? Why are they important to the life and expression of Church today? The history of how the Christian faith has been lived and worked out is one from which we can learn so much.

This area of study will introduce you to the history of the Christian community, its response to changing situations and the development of vital Christian doctrines. Through understanding this heritage in its historical context, you’ll learn what implications it has for our modern context. You will be expected to analyse and reflect on major historical and theological shifts and paradigms, as well as develop your critical skills by engaging with various texts, doctrines and movements.

Theology and historical modules include: Introduction to Doctrine; Key Christian Thinkers; Person and Work of Christ; Relational Theology; Sin, Grace and Eschatology; Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.

Practical Theology

This area of study integrates theology with practical experience to give you the opportunity for personal growth and spiritual development. You will engage with biblical concepts of discipleship, spirituality, and leadership, explore different traditions of Christian spirituality, and look at pastoral aspects of lifestyle, values and relationships.

Practical Theology modules include: Spiritual Theology; Practical Placement; Preaching; Pastoral Care; Pastoral Leadership; Innovation in Youthwork; Evangelism.

Time Commitment

For full-time students it is expected that you will be able to commit around 40 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.  Two practical placement modules are completed at levels 4 and 5, and a final dissertation project at level 6.

For students studying online we also recommend a commitment of 40 hours per week to enable you to complete the necessary work.

For part-time students it is expected that you will be able to commit around 20 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 Thursdays & Fridays in Year 2. For students studying online 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.

Entry Requirements

Students enrolling for the Certificate, the Diploma or the BA Degree must demonstrate the ability to undertake an undergraduate programme of this nature successfully. 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).

Please note that applicants exempt from visa requirements will need to pay a £250 deposit to secure a place on their course. For those who do need a visa, applicants will be required to pay £3,500 not studying on campus, or £5,000 for those studying on campus.

Why study?

As the BA in Theology is designed to offer a deeper understanding of God and Scripture and its relevance to individuals, the church and the world, it is a programme intended to appeal to a broad range of students.  It allows the student to grow in their faith and excel academically, as they develop a sense of where they will go next, after their time of study.  Graduates are equipped for a wide range of careers or ministries in church, mission, the workplace and within the community at large.

Find out more about three levels of study and the modules studied at each level.

We offer flexible study options -on campus, online or a blend of them both.

Find out the entry requirements for the Certificate, the Diploma or the BA.

Find out about our mentored pathway that helps prepare students for more effective Christian ministry in a variety of settings.

This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion

Find out how to begin the application process and access the online application form.

BA Theology Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in New Testament
Cornelis Bennema

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