This two year part-time course offers a study of the major theological disciplines, including Biblical studies, Church history, spirituality, Christian beliefs, and leadership & ministry. The Graduate Diploma is designed to equip graduates (in subjects other than theology) for servant leadership and mission, and also acts as an entry qualification for the MA in Kingdom Theology.
If you are an intern with a church or business and only want to study for one year, please contact the who will be able to go through the options of study with you.
The course is validated by the University of Chester.
Year 1 Modules
TH6912: Missiology - Dr Bob Ekblad
Bob Ekblad brings an empowering and challenging perspective to the questions of how the church should be engaging in the call to make disciples of all nations. Bob’s deep knowledge of scripture and vast experience in working with people on the margins, together with his world-wide ministry of training those on the mission field, help students to explore the Gospel’s power to transform individuals and society.
TH6930: Graduate Old Testament Studies - Dr Stephen Dempster
Do you want to go on a transformational journey in which your little life story is caught up in the Story of the Ages? Then welcome to a course on going deeper into the study of the Old Testament, a Story which begins with Creation and ends with the prophecies of a new world in which everything has been transformed! Here is a place where you will obtain a better compass for your own journey as you see more clearly your way in the light of the Torah, the calls for justice from the prophets, the insights of the sages, and the praises and lament of the psalms. Welcome to a journey of transformation!
TH6931: Introduction to Graduate Studies Gospels - Dr Bradley Jersak
Students will delve into a layered investigation of the four Gospels, engaging first with foundational questions around the authorship, emergence and nature of the Gospels. We then consider dive into the Gospels themselves to compare and contrast key themes such as the kingdom of God, the core of Jesus teaching, Gospel Christology and eschatology, and the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We will also continually consider how the Gospels function as resources for Christian discipleship, ministry and mission in the Church and the world today.
TH6940: Graduate Spiritual Formation and Leadership - Dr Lucy Peppiatt and Catherine Delve
Unique to WTC, this module combines teaching on spiritual formation and practical leadership skills alongside the opportunity to explore personal gifting. This gives a well-rounded and dynamic view of discipleship and leadership in our individual contexts. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their own spiritual formation and gifting either through exploring the spiritual formation tradition through scripture and the ages, or engaging with a sophisticated personality profile conducted and explained by an expert practitioner.
Year 2 Modules
TH6919: Acts and Early Christian Origins - Dr Bradley Jersak
Students are introduced to the rise of Christianity—its origins, growth and expansion as a movement—and its ongoing struggles to define “the faith once delivered” within their Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts. The module will focus on the development of Christianity through Acts 1–9 climaxing with the inclusion of the Gentiles. We will then shift to Colossians 1-3, a dramatic example of how the early church came to worship Jesus Christ as Creator God, amidst the pressures of a pagan, imperial urban center.
TH6934: Transformational Leadership - Rev Anthony Delaney
There are so many books and so much material now on leadership it makes your head spin. Perhaps that’s strange when you consider that Jesus didn’t encourage us so much to lead as to follow! This module will teach how it’s in following more closely you’ll find you lead better. The lectures will focus mainly on Old Testament characters and how God turned their weakness to strength. We will see how each of us can develop their leadership potential to enable flourishing in every sphere of influence to occur. References are drawn from both influential Christian leaders and the best that the business world has to offer.
TH6936: Christology: Ancient and Modern - Dr Lucy Peppiatt
This module gives students the opportunity to delve into the fascinating questions of ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘What does it mean to be saved?’ We explore how the early church wrestled with how to describe Jesus in ways that would be clear and unambiguous in the culture around them. We study some of the developments through history in thinking about Jesus, as well as the biblical perspective on the incarnation, salvation, and the second coming. Students have the chance to think through what all of this means for modern day discipleship, life, and engagement with the world in mission.
TH6942: The History of Christian Spirituality - Dr Steve Watts
This module takes as it starting point that Christian spirituality is not simply a private, contemplative affair but a dynamic and creative practice of Christian belief in culture. While it will provide students with a broad overview of the history of Christianity, the module will focus on particular, representative case studies in order to provide a window into how spirituality has been practiced from the primitive church to the present. On the basis of these studies, the module aims to inspire further reflection on on how Christian spirituality is, and might be, practised today.
For full course delivery details, please visit the Course Delivery page.
This course is suitable for anyone who wants to go deeper in their faith but is particularly geared towards those who have previously studied at University level.
Generally, a Bachelor’s degree is required.
For those without a Bachelor’s degree, but with professional qualifications or relevant experience, please to discuss your eligibility for the Graduate Diploma.
If English is not your first language, please see the English Language requirements on the Admissions page.
The costs of this course are £3,150 per year which includes a £350 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place after receiving an offer.