Bachelor of Theology

The BTh degree programme is designed to provide vocational training in preparation for pastoral ministry and other forms of full-time Christian service.

This degree programme is validated by the University of Glasgow.

We believe that our Bachelor of Theology degree offers a core academic programme suited for life-long Christian service. If you would like a stimulating, challenging, comprehensive, in-depth education in Biblical Studies, Christian Theology and related disciplines, we can offer you a well-designed curriculum, excellent facilities and first-class tuition. 

The BTh course may be taken full-time (four days a week), or part-time (two days a week). After three years successful study (or up to six, if you prefer), you will hold a degree from the University of Glasgow, one of Britain’s oldest and most prestigious universities.

Alongside the BTh, it is possible to undertake additional church ministry training. The Presbyterian Church Ministry Module is offered to meet contemporary needs within a Presbyterian tradition. We also offer an Independent Church Ministry Module to meet the needs of those who belong to an independent tradition. This 12-week module, delivered in association with the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), makes this core course of theological education ideal for those entering ministry or leadership in independent church backgrounds – e.g. Baptist, Pentecostal, Brethren.

As you progress through your studies, you will connect with a student body which is remarkably cosmopolitan, making lifelong friendships.

BTh with Greek and Hebrew

This programme is specifically aimed at training full-time teachers and preachers within the framework of our niche market of Reformed, Confessional Theology. The programme is designed not only for those from the Presbyterian tradition, but also other denominational groups and the wider Christian church.

BTh without Greek and Hebrew

This is the same programme as the previous one, but with less emphasis on Greek and Hebrew.

It is specifically aimed at preparing for other avenues of full-time Christian service for both men and women who require an understanding of Christian truth in depth, and skill in communicating that truth.

This is designed for full-time mission workers in all denominational groups.

Study Part-time

The flexible BTh timetable allows for study two days a week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays, or Thursdays and Fridays) with a view to completing the course in anything up to six years. 

It is also designed to work with the current approach to training for ministers and other Christian workers which utilises local apprenticeships alongside theological education.  We already have a number of students combining their studies with practical ministry experience and it is certainly a growing trend.

Distance Learning

It is possible to do the BTh through online distance learning.  This option is great for those who for a variety of personal reasons simply cannot make the move to Edinburgh – employment, family, financial constraints, illness or disability. 

Equipped for Mission

Whether you feel called to mission here in Scotland or elsewhere in the world, we can now offer students excellent preparation and mentoring for mission through the recently established ETS Centre for Mission. The Centre is currently being developed with the aim of providing tailored, practical training to all those who are about to embark on mission.

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Check out this video, where ETS Principal Iver Martin and BTh graduate Andy Roberston explain to prospective students what the Bachelor of Theology programme involves.

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Watch the video above to find out more about the Bachelor of Theology with Greek and Hebrew.

Further Information

The Undergraduate Admissions Policy can be found here.

For admission to the BTh programme applicants will normally require university entrance qualifications. In the UK context, this would mean, for example: SQA Highers, or their equivalent: AAB, BBBB, ABBC.

The Senate will take into account not only conventional academic qualifications, but also vocational or professional experience, completion of appropriate access courses (such as the ETS Access to Theology programme) or possession of the Seminary’s own Certificate in Theology or Diploma in Christian Studies.

Students for whom English is not their first language are required to sit a Secure English Language Test (SELT) and achieve an equivalent of IELTS 6.5 prior to entry onto the programme. 

Find out more here.

Course fees can be found here.

The Degree of Bachelor of Theology normally follows a prescribed curriculum: one course in each of Elementary Greek (or elective) and Elementary Hebrew (or elective); Church History 1, Church History 2 (Scottish, or elective), Systematic Theology 1 and 2, Practical Theology 1 and 2, Old Testament 1 and 2, and New Testament 1 and 2.

Candidates will be required to submit a 10,000 word dissertation. The area of study may be chosen from any one of the Seminary’s five departments.

Each course consists of two consecutive semester-long modules (each semester is of fifteen weeks’ duration).

Students may elect to do alternative courses in place of Elementary Hebrew, Elementary Greek and Scottish Church History.

World Mission Days are also organised twice per semester to encourage mission-mindedness among the staff and students.

More details about the contents of the BTh programme can be found here.  


Student Textbooks

Key books from the reading lists will be available here: ETS Bachelor of Theology

Mound Books / Evangelical Bookshop is now the official book supplier for all our ETS reading lists.

Their opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 5pm and books may be ordered by telephone (07863 905900), e-mail ([email protected]), or through their website (

Each book has been heavily discounted and postage is free to any UK address on orders over £15. When ordering through the website, shipping costs for Europe and the rest of the world will appear automatically at the checkout.

Mound Books is situated on the ground floor next to the Seminary Building (beside the cafe).