MTh Theology in Scriptural Context

The MTh programme would be of interest to anyone who would like to explore in an intellectually rigorous way the doctrine of Scripture and its application in diverse areas of theology from a Reformed theological perspective. The programme could also serve as an excellent preparation for any interested in further academic study by research in biblical studies or theology.

Admission Requirements

Normally, applicants should have an upper second class honours degree in a discipline relevant to the subject area. Applicants may also be admitted who have achieved an aggregate of 50% in the WEST Graduate Diploma in Theology. Alternatively, admission on the basis of experience in a responsible role relevant to the programme may be permitted, if the applicant is deemed capable of meeting the demands of the programme. This experience must be of at least two years’ duration and should normally have been in a full-time position. International applicants should also note the English language admission requirements which may found by following this link: The admission process requires applicants to submit an application form supported by at least two references. All applicants are interviewed, either in person or using telephone or Skype. In the case of applicants applying for entry on the grounds of experience, other appropriate methods may be used in addition.

Start Dates

There are two entry dates for the programme:

The ‘main’ entry date is late August. This is suitable both for those interested in studying on a full-time basis as well as for those interested in study on a part-time basis. Applications for entry on to the programme in late August must be submitted by June 23rd.

An alternative entry point is in early January. However, this is only suitable for those wishing to study on a part-time basis. Applications for the January start must be submitted by November 1st.

Programme Structure

Part One

In Part One students take modules totalling 120 credits. All Part One modules are worth 20 credits except for the two Research Methods modules that are worth 10 credits each.

The compulsory modules will be delivered every year. However, not all optional modules will be available in each year. The actual modules being delivered in any given year may be found on the teaching schedule by following the link lower on this page.

(Note that all Part One modules are delivered in intensive one-week teaching blocks.)

Compulsory modules

  • TH7802 The Doctrine of Scripture
  • TH7821 & TH7822 Research Methods 1 & 2 (10 credits each)

Optional modules

  • TH7804 The Development of the Doctrine of the Trinity
  • TH7806 Creation and Ecology
  • TH7823 Biblical Theology
  • TH7825 The Theology of the Early Church Fathers
  • TH7826 The History and Theology of Evangelicalism

Part Two

15,000 word dissertation, which is worth 60 credits.

An overview of the MTh modules can be found here.


All modules are written, taught and marked by WEST lecturers. The University of Chester appoints an external examiner, in liaison with WEST, who moderates all assessments. All modules are assessed by means of coursework. A 15,000-word dissertation completes the programme. Coursework assessment papers are given to students in the relevant teaching week and are usually submitted 6 – 8 weeks later. The deadlines always fall before the next set of teaching weeks.


The attainment of the award of MTh is achieved with 180 credits. However, it is also possible for students to terminate their studies having completed a total of 60 credits from Part One to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, or, having completed a total of 120 credits (i.e. all of Part One), to achieve a Postgraduate Diploma.


The MTh programme may be completed in 12 months on a full-time basis from the late August start date. The programme may also be completed on a part-time basis taking up to 6 years. Part-time students may enrol to start in August or, alternatively, in January.

There are a number of permutations for study on a part-time basis. Here are the two possible permutations. (Suggestion A is likely to be the most suitable for many people engaged in part-time study whilst also undertaking ministry)

Suggestion A

Year 1 – Research Methods 1 and Doctrine of Scripture module

Year 2 – Two option modules

Year 3 –Research Methods 2 and two option modules

Year 4 – The dissertation

Suggestion B

Year 1 – Research Methods 1, Doctrine of Scripture module plus one option module

Year 2 – Research Methods 2, plus three option modules

Year 3 – The dissertation

Teaching Dates and Schedule

Six intensive teaching weeks are scheduled each year. Two weeks follow the late August bank holiday, two are held in early January and two are held in March (the dates of the latter vary according to the timing of Easter). A full-time student will typically need to attend all 6 teaching weeks in order to complete the necessary number of modules in the academic year. The schedule and dates of teaching weeks for 2015/16 are available here as a PDF file for you to download.

Programme Cost

Please see tuition fees.

Who to Contact

Kerry Orchard (Admission Enquiries Officer)


T: +44 (0)1656 645411

Application Process

Apply for the MTh programme This programme is validated by the University of Chester.

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