We offer a ThM degree course in Historical Theology.

We aim to enrich your ministry through the in-depth study of reformed historical and systematic theology by giving training and practice in theological research with a strong emphasis on primary texts. As well as enriching ministry, the course serves for some students as an excellent preparation for doctoral study.

We run the course in partnership with Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, which provides the lecturers and confers the degree. You’ll take six modules, each taught over the course of an intensive week at London Seminary, where we can provide meals and accommodation. Westminster’s faculty and adjunct faculty provide the teaching content.

In each calendar year, we normally offer five modules. As each module ends, you’ll submit an essay on the area within eight weeks. Most students complete the modular element within two to three years.

When you complete six modules, you’ll be ready to write your thesis (up to 50,000 words).

We also ask you to take a course in research skills and to demonstrate a working knowledge of French, Dutch, German or Latin by translating a portion of text.

Students take up to six years to finish the whole course.

To enrol on this course, you will need:

  • A bachelor’s degree in any subject (UK) or an initial baccalaureate degree (US)
  • A theological degree (or London Seminary’s pastor training course) that includes the study of Hebrew and Greek, or a Master of Divinity degree

If you apply from outside the US, you’ll need to provide full details of your theological studies.

The precise cost of the course depends on how long a student takes to complete it. To illustrate, a UK or European student completing the course in four years would currently pay around £6500. Click here for a full list of fees.

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The ThM course helped me grow as a disciplined reader and thinker. An Elder in our church commented on the richness of my preaching.


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