Master of Theology (Research)

The MTh provides an opportunity to engage in research for ministers, pastors, elders, and committed believers who belong not only to the Presbyterian tradition, but to the wider Christian church. It is designed to enable such students to specialise in an area of systematic theology, biblical studies, church history or practical theology.

This degree programme is validated by the University of Glasgow.

This is a research-based degree involving either one year of full-time study or two years’ part-time study. The research may cover biblical studies, church history, systematic theology, practical theology or mission.

Edinburgh was at the forefront in stimulating the evangelical missionary movement of the 19th and 20th centuries that carried the Good news ‘from the West to the rest.’  As the mission movement in the 21st century increasingly moves in the reverse direction, the ETS postgraduate programmes seek to prepare missionaries to Europe to make disciples in a post-Christian milieu.

Moreover, nations beyond Europe are aware of the need for their brightest pastors to become teachers in theological education which can influence the future of their national churches.

This degree will be of particular benefit to those who will become teachers in theological education, aiming to shape the theology of their own churches.

The main supervisor for each candidate will be a member of Edinburgh Theological Seminary teaching staff. There will be a second supervisor appointed by the University of Glasgow.

Candidates will be required to submit a 40,000-word thesis and they may be required to undergo an oral examination. In addition, full-time candidates will be expected to attend the programme of postgraduate seminars arranged by the Seminary. Part-time candidates will be expected to attend those seminars relevant to the subject of their own research.

Distance Learning

While being present on campus may help with access to research resources, all the Masters programmes can be completed on campus, off-campus or a mixture of both.  This can enable you to remain in your present position, if desired, making trips to ETS when required.

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

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In this video, Dr Sinclair Ferguson and MTh student Andy Longwe explain to prospective students what the Master of Theology (Research) programme involves.

Further Information

The Postgraduate Admissions Policy can be found here.

Applicants for admission would normally be expected to hold a good honours degree in History or Theology/Divinity of a recognised university or college/seminary, or the Bachelor of Theology degree of Edinburgh Theological Seminary at distinction or merit level.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants without this qualification might be admitted subject to having an alternative qualification, at an approved level of achievement, appropriate to their proposed field of study, and subject to any conditions laid down by the Seminary Senate with the agreement of the Higher Degrees Committee of the University of Glasgow.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be 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.

For further information, please email ETS Offices or Dr Alistair Wilson, Postgraduate Studies Director.