Sabbatical Studies in Theology and Mission

This programme is not validated by the University of Glasgow.


Programme Description

In general, the programme is for students who wish to take some time for sabbatical research in any specialist area, including Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies, Historical Studies, Missiological Studies and Pastoral Theology. Library and computing facilities will be provided.  Where required, church-based or community based placements may be arranged in addition to supervised research.

This is a very flexible programme tailored to meet the needs of those already in, or training for, Christian service, such as the following:

  • Those who already have a theology degree (such as our Bachelor of Theology) and require additional specific mission and ministry training.
  • Those who are already engaged in ministry apprenticeships and require core theological training, but not at degree level.
  • Those who are preparing for missionary service at a local or international level and require some tailored training in theology, mission or ministry.
  • Those who are elders and deacons and who require training for the mind, alongside the development of character and pastoral skills.


ssimageCheck out this video, where ETS Vice Principal John A. MacLeod and Sabbatical Studies student, Irene Bayne, explain to prospective students what the Sabbatical Studies Programme offers.




Distance Learning

This programme can be done by Distance Learning.

We can offer supervised research in an area of interest by distance learning while remaining in your present position, making trips to ETS when required.

See Distance Learning FAQ for more information on Distance Learning at ETS.


Sabbatical Studies Application Form

The relevant Application Form is found here


Sabbatical Studies in Theology and Mission Fees

For programme fees see here.


Further Enquiries:


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