Newbold College

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant)

Theology (Taught)

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Course summary

The Master of Arts in Theology prepares you for ministry within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The international character of the Adventist Church and its multicultural context requires great diversity in ministry, on both the educational and on the pastoral level. This course is designed to meet these challenges and will offer you a wide variety of study areas that are relevant to contemporary issues in the Church, as well as Adventist and Christian history. Why enrol in MA Theology with us?

  • You will develop a deeper knowledge of Scripture
  • You will explore the Church’s theology, history and mission
  • You will gain competence in pastoral skills that are relevant to the needs of the contemporary world
Your future matters.
  • In combination with the Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission, this course (or equivalent) is a requirement for employment in pastoral ministry within the Trans- European Division as well as many other regions of the Adventist Church
  • Because the programme allows you to become specialised in particular areas of theological study, the Master of Arts in Theology enables a wider range of employment opportunities than other similar degrees
  • By specialising in one of our pathways you will be well prepared for entering into teaching ministry (particularly at primary or secondary level) or academia, particularly in theological writing, research or publishing
  • If you are interested in a career in counselling, then our Pastoral Studies pathway will prepare you for this.
We have an excellent record of preparing employable Theology graduates, and maintain close relationships with the Church’s Ministerial Advisory Committee.


To fulfill the requirements for the Master of Arts in Theology you will need to successfully complete 120 credits (six modules, 20 credits each) of taught modules, and a 60 credit 15,000-word research dissertation, to total 180 credits. Each of the modules in the Master of Arts in Theology is worth 20 credits. As a full-time student you will complete three modules per semester for your first two semesters, and you will complete a dissertation in an area of your choosing in your final semester. As a part-time student you will follow a similar pattern to full-time students, but you will complete six modules across four semesters, and you will spend two semesters completing your dissertation. The Master of Arts in Theology offers you three pathways of specialisation, which you will move into as soon as you begin your studies: Biblical Studies (in which students can choose to take the Old Testament route or the New Testament route) Pastoral Studies Systematic Theology Plus The Master’s Research Dissertation

Entry requirements

You may need to meet different entry requirements depending on where you are from and what your academic background is. Generally, to be eligible for entry to the Master of Arts in Theology, you will need to have completed: Bachelor of Arts in Theology with one biblical language (either Hebrew or Greek) OR an undergraduate degree in any area, plus a Postgraduate Diploma in Biblical and Pastoral Studies (or equivalent) If English is not your native language you will also need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of English to study at this level, or to have taken one of the following English proficiency tests: IELTS (mandatory for visa students) Cambridge Exam (either the Certificate of Proficiency in English or Certificate in Advanced English) The Master of Arts in Theology is available through both the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UK) and Friedensau Adventist University (Germany). If you choose to study through Friedensau you will need to have completed both Greek and Hebrew during your undergraduate studies.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14277 Whole course
England £14277 Whole course
Northern Ireland £14277 Whole course
Scotland £14277 Whole course
Wales £14277 Whole course

Additional fee information

Fees listed incl. tuition, shared accommodation and meals. May be subject to an increase for 2021/22. For more information please visit:
Theology at Newbold College - UCAS