London School of Theology

Introduction

The church needs Christians who have thought through the implications of their faith and can relate it incisively, relevantly and practically to society. The Theology programme is academically rigorous but also addresses the changing cultural and intellectual climate. It is a dynamic and innovative programme that does not neglect key foundational principles of an evangelical faith.

Overview

London School of Theology is the largest Evangelical theological college in Europe with a strong academic reputation. Its identity is defined by four core values – the Gospel, Bible, Church and World.

As a Gospel people, we want our lives, thoughts and actions to be shaped by God’s love for us as proclaimed in the Gospel;

As a Bible people, we believe the Bible to be God’s inspired, living, transformative and life-giving word and made known, personally, to humanity in his Son Jesus Christ;

As a Church people, we want to be involved in building churches that are focused on the Gospel and the Bible in their life, worship and mission and fuelled by the power of God’s Spirit; and,

As a World people, we seek to witness to those of other faiths and none, as followers of Christ, as well as stewarding and renewing our environment, society and geopolitical reality in the light of the Gospel. We want to be part of God’s work in renewing this world.

These core values define who we are, what we aspire to be as an institution and the above-mentioned values are reinforced in our students through the courses we offer.

The Theology programme lies at the centre of all our taught programmes and covers a wide range of subjects. It is dynamic, innovative and seeks to uphold the key foundational principles of the Evangelical faith.

Why Study Theology at LST?

The BA in Theology at LST is designed for people called with a view to serving churches, missions, schools and society at large. The programme is academically rigorous and enables you to gain a deeper understanding of Scripture and its relevance to the world around you. It addresses our changing cultural and intellectual climate and how the Christian faith relates incisively, relevantly and practically to society.

Here at LST you will also have the privilege of studying alongside and interacting with students and staff respectively from different backgrounds and denominations, which enriches the whole study experience. In addition, you will experience personal spiritual growth partly through the taught programmes and the extracurricular activities organised by the student body.

Overall Structure of the Programme

There are 4 broad areas of study namely, Biblical Studies, Historical and Theological Studies, Missiological Studies and Applied Theology.

Compulsory modules form the heart of the programme and the large majority of Levels 1 and 2 (100 compulsory credits at Level 1 and 90 at Level 2). At Level 3, students are given greater freedom to specialise, choosing two 20-credit modules from a variety of options on offer in addition to the three compulsory modules, as well as a 40-credit project on a topic of their own choice.

Each level has a compulsory module that includes practical experience and placements both during and after term-time.

Careers in Theology

In addition, the Training Unit offers support and guidance to students as they seek to discover and take their next steps towards leaving school, by coordinating all the career-related information that the school receives, in a variety of church and Christian settings. The unit also holds a range of helpful resources on careers in its Resource Room, as well as hosting various seminars and training events regarding CV-writing, interview skills, routes into ordained ministry etc.

Overall, the programme provides excellent provision for future progression in a number of inter-related contexts such as preparation for further academic study in theology, biblical studies and related disciplines as well as equipping with skills applicable to local church ministry both within the UK and internationally.

Theology, Music & Worship and Theology & Worship

These two combined and integrated honours programmes are the only ones of their kind in Europe and were initially developed with the Music & Worship Foundation (MWF). As well as a substantial core programme of theological studies they offer a wide range of music and worship modules.

Our established Theology, Music & Worship degree programme offered at Certificate, Diploma, and Degree level is specifically designed for musically gifted students interested in taking a combined and integrated study programme in theology, music and worship, who want to advance their music skills and understanding to a high level and at the same time wish to be theologically equipped.

THEOLOGY & WORSHIP PROGRAMME

This new Theology & Worship combined degree programme, offered at Certificate, Diploma and Degree level, has two pathways:

  • The music pathway is designed for students who have obvious gifts in music but who come with limited experience in reading music or a confident grasp of general musicianship skills.
  • The non-music pathway is designed for students who do not wish to take any music options but want to increase their understanding and practice of corporate worship through a range of dedicated and artistically creative modules.

Students graduating from this course are equipped to serve, for example, as church music directors, worship pastors, song writers, creative worship co-ordinators, freelance musicians and artists.

DISTANCE LEARNING

Would you like to develop your personal knowledge of the Bible, theology and spirituality? Or are you looking for a recognised qualification but can’t study on site at LST? We're delighted that you are thinking about learning more about God and the Bible. Whatever sort of study you're interested in, Open Learning has the experience and knowledge to help you. We have a long history of training Christians for ministry in the church and the world. And you can choose the type of learning and qualification that suits your short- or long-term needs. Some have completed formal qualifications, while many have studied for their own personal development.

Personal Development

We're especially well equipped to help people returning to study but not quite sure if it is really 'for them' and need to develop confidence in themselves. Most of those people want to make sure they could switch into a qualification later if that made sense, but for now they just want to learn more about the Bible and the God we meet through it. Our courses are ideally designed for this. You'll get information, encouragement and an open ended learning structure that allows you to follow the path that is of most interest to you.

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Programmes

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Master

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3  August 2017 United Kingdom Greater London + 1 more

Like the MTh, the degree is aimed at those who have already completed formal theological training - they might be theology graduates, ministers, missionaries, Religious Education teachers, or business people as well as potential PhD students. [+]

Assessment: Thesis of up to 65,000 words (40,000 words for students starting after January 2014) and oral examination (viva) Who is it for? Like the MTh, the degree is aimed at those who have already completed formal theological training - they might be theology graduates, ministers, missionaries, Religious Education teachers, or business people as well as potential PhD students. Summary LST offers research supervision for the MPhil degree in collaboration with Middlesex University, which awards the degree. For an MPhil you need to offer a careful and critical investigation and evaluation of an approved topic, and demonstrate an understanding of the research methods appropriate to your chosen field. Your thesis does not need not to be ‘original’; however, it must offer a distinctive independent contribution to knowledge, including the ability to critique new ideas and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and scholarly interpretations which is ultimately worthy of publication. While you would normally be expected to read the language of your primary sources for an MPhil, you would not be expected to engage with untranslated secondary literature. It is possible to transfer to PhD registration with the agreement of the supervisor(s) and the Director of Research Recent MPhil theses - Rosemary Ashley, An Investigation into Authority in the Church from a Biblical Perspective - Katarina Almonte, The link between Charismatic Experiences and Revelation in John’s Gospel - Berhane Asmelash, The History of the Khatmiyyah Tariqah of Eritrea and the Impact of its Rituals and Ceremonials on Pre-existing Beliefs and Practices of the People of Eritrea RESEARCH ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Normally you should have a good Honours degree (2:1 or above for the MTh, MPhil and PhD) in a theological, biblical or related subject. If you have taken a second theological degree (e.g. a British MA in Biblical or Theological Studies) you will find yourself much better equipped for a research degree. If your degree is in some other discipline, you may be considered if you can show evidence of suitable formal theological education, such as a British DipHE. Work experience can be considered in place of qualifications in some circumstances. For a North American Master’s degree, you should have a GPA of at least 3.6 for the MTh and at least 3.8 for the MPhil. Candidates registered for the MTh or the MPhil whose work proves to be of the appropriate standard may (with the agreement of their supervisor(s) and the Director of Research) transfer of registration, to MPhil or to PhD respectively. Registration for a PhD programme: as is normal in UK universities, you will initially be registered for ‘MPhil with a view to PhD’. Formal transfer to PhD registration normally takes place when you are about a year (of full-time study) away from its completion. Those seeking registration with qualifications other than those indicated above should write to the Research Programmes Administrator (sandra.khalil@lst.ac.uk) at London School of Theology, giving full details of their qualifications and (where appropriate) providing photocopies of relevant transcripts. If English is not your first language you will need to arrange to take the British Council’s English test. We cannot confirm your place until you have produced an IELTS test report and reached a score of 7.0 (all individual elements should be 6.5 or higher) or an equivalent English language proficiency report. There are many test centres, easily sourced on the internet. Your proficiency in English will also be considered at interview. [-]

MTh - Master of Theology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2017 United Kingdom Greater London + 1 more

The degree is aimed at those who have already completed formal theological training - they might be theology graduates, ministers, missionaries, Religious Education teachers, or business people as well as potential PhD students. [+]

Assessment: Thesis of up to 40,000 words and oral examination (viva) Who is it for? The degree is aimed at those who have already completed formal theological training - they might be theology graduates, ministers, missionaries, Religious Education teachers, or business people as well as potential PhD students. It is particularly suitable for those who cannot commit themselves to the regular structure of a taught Master’s course, or to the length of time necessary for a PhD. Summary LST offers research supervision for the MTh degree in collaboration with Middlesex University, which awards the degree. The MTh is a first research degree, combining training in research and writing skills. Candidates for this degree follow a programme of study approved by the Director of Research and write their thesis on an approved topic in one of the major theological disciplines. The thesis must be an independent contribution to knowledge by the discovery of new facts or a distinct critical survey of knowledge. It must be well argued and be appropriately presented with clarity and conciseness of expression. It is possible to transfer to either MPhil or PhD registration with the agreement of the supervisor(s) and the Director of Research. Why embark on an MTh? It is an ideal course if you want to dig deep into one particular area rather than exploring the wider variety of questions posed by the MA. The MTh can provide a chance to reflect in more depth on experience you have had in your job or ministry; and for pastors to address their congregations with necessary expertise and critical judgement. An MTh provides an excellent apprenticeship in research and research writing for those who wish to progress to a PhD programme. It is also ideal preparation for a future in teaching, writing and pastoral work. POSSIBLE AREAS OF RESEARCH The lists below give an indication of the main areas of interest among our research supervisors; follow the links to individual supervisors’ profiles to find out each one’s more specific interests. Projects that fall outside these areas will also be considered. - Old Testament - New Testament - Linguistics and biblical studies - Church history and historical theology - Systematic and philosophical theology - Applied theology and ethics - Music and Worship - Christian worship and preaching - Mission theology and history - Judaism - Islamics and Christian-Muslim relations - Gender and Sexuality - Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies RESEARCH ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Normally you should have a good Honours degree (2:1 or above for the MTh, MPhil and PhD) in a theological, biblical or related subject. If you have taken a second theological degree (e.g. a British MA in Biblical or Theological Studies) you will find yourself much better equipped for a research degree. If your degree is in some other discipline, you may be considered if you can show evidence of suitable formal theological education, such as a British DipHE. Work experience can be considered in place of qualifications in some circumstances. For a North American Master’s degree, you should have a GPA of at least 3.6 for the MTh and at least 3.8 for the MPhil. Candidates registered for the MTh or the MPhil whose work proves to be of the appropriate standard may (with the agreement of their supervisor(s) and the Director of Research) transfer of registration, to MPhil or to PhD respectively. Registration for a PhD programme: as is normal in UK universities, you will initially be registered for ‘MPhil with a view to PhD’. Formal transfer to PhD registration normally takes place when you are about a year (of full-time study) away from its completion. If English is not your first language you will need to arrange to take the British Council’s English test. We cannot confirm your place until you have produced an IELTS test report and reached a score of 7.0 (all individual elements should be 6.5 or higher) or an equivalent English language proficiency report. There are many test centres, easily sourced on the internet. Your proficiency in English will also be considered at interview. [-]

MA

MA in Integrative Theology (MAiTh)

Campus or Online Full time Part time 1 - 3  August 2017 United Kingdom Greater London + 1 more

Beyond applied theology – <strong>the MA in Integrative Theology (MAiTh)</strong> can either be accessed and completed online worldwide or studied full or part-time on campus in London – what ever suits your lifestyle or needs better. [+]

Introducing a unique new Masters-Level qualification launching Autumn 2014 that brings an integrative theological model face to face with real life. Beyond applied theology – the MA in Integrative Theology (MAiTh) can either be accessed and completed online worldwide or studied full or part-time on campus in London – what ever suits your lifestyle or needs better. A range of ground breaking real world topics can be studied using LST’s unique integrative theological method. Summary of the Programme Various influences within postmodern society have resulted in the fragmentation of the major disciplines within and around Christian Theology. LST’s MAiTh emphasises integration of these disciplines through its ground-breaking and unique integrative theological method establishes a holistic approach to Christian Theology with practical implications for life in society and Christian discipleship. The MAiTh’s integrative theological method is thoroughly and deliberately Evangelical as it integrates five primary sources of knowledge. It prioritises the Bible (Scripture), but also recognises the historical construction of Christian belief (tradition), the importance of considered, rational and critical thought (reason) the role of experience in the lives of believers (experience) and the witness of the Church as it preaches the gospel and makes disciples (church in community). This method allows each of these sources to enrich and inform the other in various imaginative and creative ways. Our vision is that graduates of the programme will be set on a path toward a holistic and integrated theological approach, as they will be empowered to integrate theological method with other disciplines, including their own experiences and professions. It is not just another MA! To summarise, the MAiTh’s integrative theological method: - Integrates disciplines which have been separated; - Integrates five primary sources of knowledge - Scripture, tradition, reason, experience and church in community; - Provides for a deep impact on the world of ideas and consequently on the global nature of discipleship and of Christian presence in all facets of society. This programme is for you if: - You are a theology graduate seeking an innovative and flexible Masters-level qualification in theology; - You are involved in ministry and are looking for a path of lifelong learning that will enhance your service, deepen your understanding of theological method and broaden your horizon; - You have never studied Theology but wish to integrate your professional and personal interests with theological understanding. MAiTh degree structure – what you will study The MAiTh consists of two core modules, a set of optional modules and a final dissertation. The first core module will introduce you to theological method, and the second will demonstrate how integrative theological method can be applied to two grand concepts of Christian faith: Jesus and the Church. Two options can be chosen from the list of twenty-eight different modules (see below) that correspond to thirteen specialist pathways. Your dissertation will be also undertaken in your chosen specialism. If you do not wish to complete the entire MAiTh, you can choose to study for a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma Integrative Theology (120 credits). Depending on your delivery mode (residential, eLearning, part-time or full-time) the order in which you study may vary. Specialist Pathways and the Options The MAiTh offers a rich variety of options with thirteen specialist pathways from which you can choose. The pathways cover a wide range of disciplines, with the content of each one having been designed to cohere with the overall integrative approach of the programme. You have the choice to exit with a named degree in a chosen specialism - e.g. MA Integrative Theology (Christian Worship Studies) – but to achieve this, both options in that pathway (i.e. Christian Worship Studies) must be taken together, and the dissertation must address a topic in that area too. It is important to note that a specialist qualification can only be obtained if studying for the MA degree. If you choose not to specialise, or are taking the PG Certificate/ PG Diploma, you can choose options from multiple pathways, which would result in you achieving a general qualification with a PG Cert./ PG Dip./ MA Integrative Theology. Entry Requirements In normal circumstances students will be required to have at least a UK BA Honours degree at 2:1 level (or equivalent) as well as the necessary English language ability. A qualification in Theology is not required, although restrictions apply to language-based modules. [-]

MA Integrative Theology – Pathways

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3  August 2017 United Kingdom Greater London + 1 more

<strong>Christian Worship Studies.</strong> If you are a musician, liturgist, pastor, worship leader, or would like to explore the intersection of worship and theology, then this specialism is for you. The specialism is designed by the LST Music and Worship Department and features two options: Christian Worship and Issues in Contemporary Christian Worship. [+]

Specialist Pathways available in the academic year 2014-2015: Christian Worship Studies. If you are a musician, liturgist, pastor, worship leader, or would like to explore the intersection of worship and theology, then this specialism is for you. The specialism is designed by the LST Music and Worship Department and features two options: Christian Worship and Issues in Contemporary Christian Worship. Theology Music and Arts. This specialism features two options, Toward a Christian Aesthetic and Music and the Arts as Communicators of Christian Faith, and represents a much-needed discourse on the integration of the arts and theology. Social Justice. Society abounds with complex economic, ethical and political conundrums. An evangelical faith seeks to know how to integrate theologically with these issues. This specialism’s options are, Social Justice 1 – Biblical Themes and Social Justice 2 – Current Issues. Old Testament. This specialism focuses on applying an integrated theological method to the interpretation of Old Testament texts, as well as to general exegetical and hermeneutical issues. Whether you have a Theology degree or not, this specialism will provide a robust method with which to engage with the Old Testament. This specialism has three options to choose from, Psalms and Lamentations, Old Testament: Interpretation and Application and in autumn 2015 - Exegesis of Hebrew Texts (An intermediate Hebrew ability is a prerequisite for Hebrew Texts). New Testament. This specialism focuses on applying an integrated theological method to New Testament texts. Whether you have a Theology degree or not, this specialism will provide a robust method with which to engage with the New Testament. This specialism has three options to choose from, The Gospel of Mark, The Holy Spirit in Luke/Acts & Paul, and Greek Texts (requires an intermediate Greek ability as a prerequisite). Systematic Theology. Some subjects in the area of theology are amazingly practical for your personal life and identity as well as for your understanding of your place in history and society. The two options of this specialism, Eschatology and Trinitarian Personhood, will demonstrate how an integrated theological method can draw out the richness of systematic theology. Public Leadership. The two options of this specialism, Public Leadership and Faith in the Public Square, seek to address, in an integrated fashion, the concepts, paradigms and behaviours for evangelicals who are called to public leadership and engagement in the public square. The specialism not only provides space for reflection and skill acquisition, but models integrated theological reflection on issues of immense societal value. Specialist Pathways available in the academic year 2015-2016: Pastoral Care and Counselling. This specialism has been designed by the LST counselling department for those that wish to reflect theologically on counselling and acquire basic skills not necessarily linked to a professional practice. The two options for this specialism are: Pastoral Care and Counselling and Relating in Systems. Mission and Interfaith Studies. Featuring two options, Inter-cultural Studies and Islam, this specialism takes a new angle by not only offering the necessary knowledge and understanding to live in our multi-faith and multi-cultural societies but by also proposing a method whereby we can engage theologically with ever changing issues and scenarios. Global Theology. This specialism focuses on method and content to understand and engage with what is happening globally in the field of theology. Two options are featured: Global Theological Discourse and Globalisation and Theological Expression. Ecclesiology. The changing church is the main focus of this specialism, and space will be given both to map out contemporary trends in church practice and leadership and to apply theological method to contemporary issues. The two options for this specialism are Contemporary Ecclesiology and Contemporary Ecclesial Leadership. Charismatic and Pentecostal Studies. This specialism is developed with a deep appreciation for a variety of Pentecostal and charismatic movements in evangelical Christianity, together with a structured theological approach to a set of common issues, stances and experiences. Thee options make up this specialism: Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, and The Word-Faith movement. Apologetics and Ethics. Although reason has long been the ally of theology and Christian practice there is an increasing recognition that reason alone may not be sufficient in the defence of the Christian faith and in the working out of moral categories and behaviours and that other tools may be needed. This course aims at undergirding both apologetics and ethics with theological method through two options: Integrative Apologetics and Integrative Ethics. [-]