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
12

Christian Mission

‘mission remains an indispensable dimension of the Christian faith and that, at its most profound level, its purpose is to transform reality around it’ (David
Sep
12

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
14

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
Jan
30

Christianity and Culture

‘culture is the way we do thing around here’ (Variously attributed). This module introduces participants to the terminology and the main ways in which the
Jan
31

Church History

This module introduces the key ‘turning points’ in the history and development of the Christian Church. It is based on the set course textbook which
Jan
31

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
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
12

Christian Mission

‘mission remains an indispensable dimension of the Christian faith and that, at its most profound level, its purpose is to transform reality around it’ (David
Sep
13

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
14

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
Jan
30

Christianity and Culture

‘culture is the way we do thing around here’ (Variously attributed). This module introduces participants to the terminology and the main ways in which the
Jan
31

Church History

This module introduces the key ‘turning points’ in the history and development of the Christian Church. It is based on the set course textbook which
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
12

Christian Mission

‘mission remains an indispensable dimension of the Christian faith and that, at its most profound level, its purpose is to transform reality around it’ (David
Sep
13

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
13

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
14

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
14

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
Jan
30

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
Jan
30

Christianity and Culture

‘culture is the way we do thing around here’ (Variously attributed). This module introduces participants to the terminology and the main ways in which the
Jan
31

Creative Homlietics

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
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
13

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
14

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
30

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