The following gives an overview of our Level 4 undergraduate modules. All modules are worth 20 credits, unless stated otherwise. Exactly which of these modules you will take depends on your pathway through the programme. For higher-level modules, see Level 5, Level 6 and Level 7.
Introduction to Biblical Studies
This module introduces you to the contemporary study of Scripture. You learn how to use the major critical tools that scholars employ to interpret the Bible. You shall study how these critical techniques have developed and so understand the story of modern biblical criticism. In this way, this module introduces you to the most important issues raised for Christian life and worship by the study of Scripture.
Using the Bible Today
In this module, you will study various understandings of biblical authority, selected hermeneutical approaches to biblical texts, and consider how the biblical text may be used appropriately. The module will introduce you to some different approaches to using Scripture in Christian communication and ministry, to begin to help you develop your own communication skills.
Elementary Biblical Hebrew & Elementary New Testament Greek
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek respectively (10 credits each).
Doctrine & Church History
Introduction to Church History
This module provides a broad overview of church history focusing on the historical development of the doctrine of the Trinity. Key stages in the development of Trinitarian thinking are related to the church’s social, cultural and political context and to the historical roots of specific denominational identities.
Introduction to Christian Doctrine
(incl. ‘Brief Introduction to Christian Doctrine’)
This module examines central Christian theological affirmations about the person and work of Jesus Christ (Christology and soteriology) and considers what follows for Christian life and practice. It introduces you to theological debates about the person and work of Jesus Christ down the centuries and explores some of the implications of these for Christian life and practice.
Worship and Spirituality
Spirituality and Discipleship
(incl. ‘Introduction to Spirituality and Discipleship’)
This module puts spirituality at the heart of your study of theology, integrating that study with the life of discipleship. You shall examine the place of prayer and repentance, of contemplation and ‘bearing the cross’, of ‘detachment’ and pilgrimage, both literal and metaphorical. The module also looks in detail at some of the most important scriptural and doctrinal sources for Christian prayer and spirituality. Along with all this, you shall choose and undertake a set of spiritual practices that will help stretch your soul.
Foundations in Christian Worship
(incl. ‘Introduction to Christian Worship’)
In this module, you will consider daily, weekly and yearly patterns of worship in the Christian Churches today. By way of a local history project, historical study will complement your exploration the contemporary diversity of these patterns. You will also visit a variety of churches to grasp something of this at first hand. Examining the way Christians mark time through their worship, this module concentrates on the vital relationship between past traditions and present realities.
Reflective Practice, Ministry & Mission
Foundations for Reflective Practice in Context (Short)
The focus of this module, and corresponding practical experience, is your existing church involvement and (in the case of LLM students) your current ministry as a trainee lay minister. It is mainly a practical module and allows you to engage in a structured way with your ministerial activities, in dialogue with your theological learning in other areas. (10 credits)
Foundations for Ministry and Mission in Context
This module explores the relationship between mission and the diversity of contexts within which the contemporary Church serves and witnesses. You shall reflect upon the theology of the mission of God as well as contemporary practices of outreach in the Christian churches, including Fresh Expressions of Church. The placement element of this module involves an extended team mission project.
Foundations for Ministry and Worship in Context
You shall examine core areas of congregational ministry: leading worship and preaching. The module emphasises developing your facility in reflective practice as crucial to leading and enabling worship and discipleship in local churches. The placement element of this module enlarges your experience of ministry in these areas by work in a church that differs in some key respects from those with which you are most familiar.