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
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!
TH6946: Discovering the New Testament - Dr Rikk Watts
This module introduces students to the historical, theological and literary content of the New Testament. It will focus especially on the challenges of reading various and distinctive styles and themes across New Testament genres and authors. Attention is paid to the practices and beliefs of Christianity in the context of Second Temple Judaism and the first century Church. Selected texts provide case studies that illustrate the historically conditioned character of early Christianity. There is a consideration of both the exegetical value and the critical challenges that an historical examination of the New Testament produces. Particular attention is paid to questions of Christology, eschatology, soteriology, Jesus’ Spirituality, the ‘Kingdom of God’, the meaning of Jesus’ death and the relationship between these themes and the shape of Christian discipleship and ministry.
TH6940: Graduate Spiritual Formation and Leadership - Dr Lucy Peppiatt
This module combines teaching on spiritual formation and practical leadership skills and 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 through exploring the spiritual formation tradition through scripture and the ages.
TH6944: On the Incarnation - Dr Lucy Peppiatt
This module gives students the opportunity to delve into the fascinating questions around the person and work of Jesus Christ. Who do people think Jesus is? What does it mean for God to have become man and dwelt among us? What are the implications of the Incarnation for the church and the world? In this module we focus on the biblical and early church portraits of Jesus, questions around how one person can be the God-man, and the debates around orthodox views of Christ with a particular focus on the development of ideas around the identity of Jesus in the first few hundred years of the church.
Year 2 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.
TH6945: Christology in Context - Dr Lucy Peppiatt
This module builds on the foundations of TH6944 (On the Incarnation) as we go deeper into questions of the identity of Jesus and what it means to be ‘saved.’ We study some of the developments through history in thinking about Jesus, as well as the biblical perspective on the incarnation, salvation, atonement, 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.
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.
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 £3,250 per year which includes a £350 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place after receiving an offer.