The structure of the course reflects the structure of the BD & BTh courses and marks progression from them. Students are required to complete the Study Skills module (TH7501), one module from each of the three streams- Biblical Studies (TH7516, TH7517,TH7518) Christian Thought (TH7519, TH7520, TH7521) and Ministry Studies(TH7515,TH7522,TH7523) - and then one module from any of the three streams - and then two other modules from any one of the three streams.
A common model of recruitment is a student with relevant bachelor's degree and updated professional experience and where there is a previous qualification at master's level which enables a successful credit claim for the Study Skills module: this may lead to a shorter pathway. Without such accredited learning, a full-time student can achieve the Postgraduate Diploma in Theology in two years with modules totalling 120 credits.
Where students do not have a relevant bachelor's or master's degree or postgraduate diploma and updated professional experience for an APL claim (of up to 100 credits at level 7) they undertake 100 credits chosen from these modules:
TH7501 Study Skills (Compulsory - 20 credits)
Study Skills is a short course in the Irish Baptist College and is compulsory for all students in this programme, unless exemption has been awarded by the University of Chester, through a credit claim presented at the time of application. The student is required to reach a requisite standard.
TH7515 Women in Ministry (20 credits)
This module seeks to make students aware of various approaches to gender related theological issues, identify and investigate primary biblical texts relating to Christian women, examine the role of women in the Church and society - Western, global and Northern Irish - and prepare students to engage in research in specific and relevant areas of interest.
TH7516 Leadership in the Pastoral Epistles (20 credits)
This module provides a theological and historical examination of the major issues relating to Christian leadership within the Pastoral Epistles, and explores their relevance to the contemporary context.
TH7517 The Theology of Worship (20 credits)
This module is an examination of worship biblically and historically together with reflection on worship in pastoral practice.
TH7518 Biblical Ethics in Contemporary Context (20 credits)
This module provides the student with a biblical framework for engaging in ethical discussion before going on to examine in a critical way a range of contemporary ethical issues.
TH7519 Reformation Studies (20 credits)
This module provides the student with the opportunity to engage more fully with the theology of the Reformation period and to examine its implications for ministry today.
TH7520 Apologetics (20 credits)
This module provides the student with opportunity to examine approaches to Christian apologetics and to relate this to contemporary issues.
TH7521 Christology Yesterday and Today (20 credits)
This module is an examination of the Christology of selected key theologians and historical/contemporary debates.
TH7522 Preaching in the Contemporary World (20 credits)
An examination and study of the practice of preaching as a relevant vehicle of communicating Christian truth in contemporary society.
TH7523 Mission Studies (20 credits)
This module includes an examination of the historical, biblical and theological backgrounds to missions and their implications for contemporary practice.