BD of Theology with Pastoral Studies: Course modules

Get a taste of the different modules you could be studying.

The BD programme is cumulative and developmental as indicated below. Participants can, however, exit with awards at the different levels. These levels correspond to the Scottish Qualification and Credit Framework where Level 7 is first year at University, Level 8 second year and so on.

See modules from different levels:

Level 7 (Certificate)

The first year aims to provide a broad foundation in several key disciplines including biblical interpretation, Christian doctrine, church history and areas of practical theology. Students are engaged in interactive learning and supported throughout the first year to ensure they are gaining confidence in the subject areas.

Sep
11

Encountering the Bible

For personal use, public ministry, and Christian witness Christian people are concerned to handle the Bible correctly. This module will provide you with a broad,
Sep
12

Faith Seeking Understanding

This module provides an introduction to Christian Doctrine as ‘faith seeking understanding’. The module is built around a course text book and is intended to
Sep
13

Preaching

This module will introduce you to the history, theology, and practice of Christian preaching as a particular genre of Christian communication related mainly to Christian
Jan
29

Christian Ethics

Christian people frequently ask: What should be done? This module offers an introductory treatment of Christian Ethics. It does not assume prior knowledge in this
Jan
30

Practice of Pastoral Care

This module will explore from a biblical and theological basis the basic principles and practices of Christian pastoral care, using biblical text, historical examples and
Jan
31

Listening to Scripture

This module will introduce you to biblical interpretation by examining closely selected biblical texts. A variety of texts will be studied in relation to literary
Sep
10

Worship

This module will introduce you to the biblical and theological foundations, history, and practice of Christian worship. Consideration will be given to Old Testament and
Sep
10

Christian Leadership

‘Leadership – what is it? How do you do it? Who is a leader? Who is not?’ (Walter Wright, Relational Leadership, xi, 2000). This module
Level 8 (Diploma)

Students continue to add to their knowledge and understanding by engaging with subjects such as Baptist identity (or equivalent studies in another Christian tradition), biblical studies, pastoral theology, preaching, mission and Christianity and culture. Several modules include off campus visits and opportunities to reflect on lived experience. Work Based Learning module enables students to engage with and reflect on service in a specific context.

Sep
11

Baptist Identity

This module will identify significant developments in Baptist history in relation to: Continental Anabaptism, British, Scottish, European, and Global developments. This will inform you of
Sep
12

Faith Seeking Understanding

This module provides an introduction to Christian Doctrine as ‘faith seeking understanding’. The module is built around a course text book and is intended to
Sep
13

Preaching

This module will introduce you to the history, theology, and practice of Christian preaching as a particular genre of Christian communication related mainly to Christian
Jan
29

Work Based Learning and Theological Reflection

This is a placement based module giving students the opportunity to integrate and reflect upon faith and practice in a Work Based Learning context. This
Jan
30

Practice of Pastoral Care

This module will explore from a biblical and theological basis the basic principles and practices of Christian pastoral care, using biblical text, historical examples and
Jan
31

Listening to Scripture

This module will introduce you to biblical interpretation by examining closely selected biblical texts. A variety of texts will be studied in relation to literary
Sep
10

Worship

This module will introduce you to the biblical and theological foundations, history, and practice of Christian worship. Consideration will be given to Old Testament and
Sep
10

Christian Leadership

‘Leadership – what is it? How do you do it? Who is a leader? Who is not?’ (Walter Wright, Relational Leadership, xi, 2000). This module
Level 9 (Degree)

On this level, students are encouraged to think more critically and creatively from a number of perspectives.

Students use and develop existing knowledge to explore complex themes and issues. In a fractured world, what does the Sermon on the Mount have to say today? Why does reconciliation lie at the heart of Christian faith and practice? How can we sustain a ministry of caring and leadership, within and beyond the Church? Using the Bible and learning to interpret it responsibly, engaging in theological reflection and work based learning experience, pursuing ethical enquiry and pastoral insight, students are accompanied in a learning process that seeks to be transformative both of them and the wider community.

Sep
11

Baptist Identity

This module will identify significant developments in Baptist history in relation to: Continental Anabaptism, British, Scottish, European, and Global developments. This will inform you of
Sep
12

Spiritual Development

This Module explores Christian Spirituality from a number of perspectives. It does so by enabling the student to engage with the theological and practical dimensions
Sep
13

Reconciliation

Christian approaches to reconciliation seek to balance theology and ethics, convictions and practices. In a fragmented and unequal world, increasingly affected by forces of globalisation,
Jan
29

Work Based Learning and Christian Leadership

Work Based Learning is a crucial element in formative and academic training. This level 9 Module focuses on issues of leadership within a faith community,
Jan
30

The Sermon on the Mount

The general aim of this module is to develop and sharpen critical skill in the reading and explanation of biblical texts. The biblical material, in
Jan
31

Creative Homiletics

Preaching is not a fixed form but a dynamic and developing art. This module will help you explore a number of contemporary approaches to homiletics
Sep
10

Trinity and Community

This module engages in depth with the historical development and the contemporary revival of theological interest in Trinitarian theology. The doctrinal development in the 4th
Sep
10

Old Testament Exegesis

This module will supplement other biblical modules by focusing on the Old Testament texts, particularly the theologically and spiritually influential texts of the Hebrew Bible.
Level 10 (Honours Degree)

The Honours year provides the opportunity to integrate learning and increase confidence in exploring, discussing, formulating, defending, and revising arguments. Work Based Learning continues to be a key feature, with students choosing an area of personal development to form the basis of their placement. The dissertation encourages students to explore an area of personal interest through sustained reading, research and writing.

Sep
11

Dissertation

The Dissertation gives students an opportunity to carry out a piece of supported research in an area of academic and vocational interest. It is a
Sep
12

Spiritual Development

This Module explores Christian Spirituality from a number of perspectives. It does so by enabling the student to engage with the theological and practical dimensions
Sep
13

Reconciliation

Christian approaches to reconciliation seek to balance theology and ethics, convictions and practices. In a fragmented and unequal world, increasingly affected by forces of globalisation,
Jan
28

WBL and Personal Development

Work Based Learning is a crucial element in formative and academic training. This level 10 Module allows you to reflect on your learning and training
Jan
30

The Sermon on The Mount

The general aim of this module is to develop and sharpen critical skill in the reading and explanation of biblical texts. The biblical material, in
Sep
10

Old Testament Exegesis

This module will supplement other biblical modules by focusing on the Old Testament texts, particularly the theologically and spiritually influential texts of the Hebrew Bible.
Sep
17

Trinity and Community

This module engages in depth with the historical development and the contemporary revival of theological interest in Trinitarian theology. The doctrinal development in the 4th
Jan
28

Christ and Church

This course is based on the relationship between Christ and Church. It will attempt to help students formulate a theology of the Church’s witness, service