Master's Degree

The John Owen Centre offers a Master of Theology (ThM) degree course in Historical and Systematic Reformed Theology in association with Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, USA. 

Westminster Theological Seminary is the doyen of intellectually rigorous Reformed seminaries worldwide. Established in 1932, it has over 500 students currently enrolled. Past faculty members have included J. Gresham Machen, E. J. Young and Cornelius Van Til. Westminster has a proven track record of serious theological teaching and writing that is faithful to Scripture and the historic Reformed faith.

The aim of the ThM course is to enrich the student's pastoral and preaching ministry through the study of Reformed historical and systematic theology. This involves training and practice in theological research, with a strong emphasis on the study of primary texts. For some the course may prepare the way for doctoral study. It is aimed especially at theology graduates, ministers and missionaries.

The course consists of six modules, taught by the faculty and adjunct faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary.  Lecturers have included William Edgar, Mark Garcia, Robert Letham, Lane Tipton, Carl Trueman and Garry Williams. Each module is taught over a week at London Seminary where accommodation and meals are available to students who need them. Five modules are normally offered in each calendar year. Most students take two to three years to complete the modular stage.  An essay is submitted for each module, and after the modules a substantial thesis is completed. Students are also required to complete a course in research skills and to demonstrate a working knowledge of either French, Dutch, German or Latin by translating a portion of text.  A maximum of six years is allowed for the completion of the whole course.

Credentials for admission to the course include an initial baccalaureate degree (in the UK a Bachelor’s degree), and the MDiv degree or equivalent first theological degree (the London Seminary course satisfies this requirement). Students must have studied Hebrew and Greek to be admitted to the course.  Applicants from countries where the academic structure is different from that in the United States should provide full details of their prior theological studies for consideration when they apply. 

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