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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Master

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years 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... [-]

MTh - Master of Theology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years 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... [-]

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MA in Integrative Theology (MAiTh)

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

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. [+]

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,... [-]

MA Integrative Theology – Pathways

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

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. [+]

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... [-]