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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Biblical and Pastoral Studies

The path of your successful ministry starts here.

About the Course

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Biblical and Pastoral Studies programme, validated by the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), has been designed to provide the foundational pastoral skills for ministry within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The content of this programme reflects the Church’s conviction that successful ministry must be based on a deep knowledge of Scripture, an understanding of the Church’s history and mission, and competence in pastoral skills which are relevant to the needs of the contemporary world.

The degree also provides a basis for postgraduate study with biblical, pastoral and theological pathways, the basic entrance requirement for ministry in the European context of the Trans-European Division (TED). The international character of the Adventist Church and the multi-cultural context in which the Church operates require great diversity in ministry, both on the educational and pastoral levels. This programme is designed to meet these challenges at each level.

Why enrol in Biblical and Pastoral Studies with us?

  • You can benefit from the expertise of our staff who have real-world pastoral experience. Every area of study is taught by specialists in that field.
  • You will develop a deep and relevant knowledge of Biblical texts
  • You will study texts independently with critical insight and clear argumentation and communication
  • You will learn scholarly and vocational aspects of pastoral ministry in an Adventist context
  • You will explore Christian perspectives in relation to other worldviews

Your future matters.

  • This course will offer you career opportunities as diverse as education, charity and not-for-profit work, and ministry, as well as opportunities in the commercial sector
  • You will open a door to postgraduate study. Many of our graduates progress to the Master of Arts in Theology and to employment in the Trans-European Division or in the wider international Adventist Church.

The course breakdown

BA BIBLICAL STUDIES

Your academic years

The course comprises sixteen modules of 20 credits each, plus a 40-credit dissertation.

It starts by developing a deeper understanding of the Bible and then using this knowledge to apply Biblical truths to many relevant issues facing Christianity and the Church today.

From your first year you will participate in field placements where you will learn hands-on vocational and transferable skills relating to pastoral and evangelistic ministry.

Modules

  • General Education - Sample Modules

    Intake: If you are planning on completing the programme in 4 years, you will begin at this stage. See ‘Entry Requirements’ for more information.

    If you are enrolled in the four year degree programme, your first year will serve as a foundation year in which you will take a very broad set of lower division modules (defined by 100 and 200 level codes). During this year, you will develop your reading, writing, research and communications skills so that you will be fully equipped to undertake undergraduate studies.

    In so doing, you will gain a broad knowledge base in areas such as English literature and composition, history, fine arts, algebra, religion, science and health principles.

    • 3: ENGL115 - English Composition I
    • 3: COMM104 - Communication Skills
    • 3: MATH165 - College Algebra
    • 3: ANTH200 - Cultural Anthropolgy
    • 3: PSYC101 - Introduction to Psychology
    • 3: HLED110 - Health Principles
    • 3: RELG360G - Mission and Volunteerism
    • 4: BIOL208 - Environmental Science
    • 4: PHYS110 - Astronomy (online via Andrews 4University)
    • 12: BIBL211 - Modern Foreign Language Challenge OR Greek I
    • 3: IDSC205 - Introduction to Fine Arts I
    • 3: IDSC206 - English Literature Modules
    • 3: IDSC206 - History Modules
    • 12: IDSC206 - Religion Modules
  • Year One

    The first-semester modules are designed to introduce you to every area of biblical, theological and pastoral studies. Specifically created modules such as Foundation of Biblical and Christian Studies, Introduction to New Testament Greek and Pastoral Ministry in Context will enable you to obtain an orientation in the vast world of theological studies.

    The second-semester modules will enable you to obtain a deeper knowledge of the Gospels and New Testament Greek, the Pentateuch and wisdom books of the Old Testament, and the place of Ellen White’s writings in the wider context of Adventist theology.

    • 20: NCTR4007 - Introduction to Greek
    • 20: NCTR4009 - Foundations of Biblical and Christian Studies
    • 20: NCTR4003 - Pastoral Ministry in Context
    • 20: NCTR4008 - Greek Texts and Gospels
    • 20: NCTR4005 - Pentateuch and Writings
    • 20: NCTR4010 - Adventist Theology and Ellen White Writings
  • Year Two

    The second year introduces you to Biblical Hebrew. Similar to New Testament Greek in the first year, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew will enable you to read the original language of the majority of the Old Testament and translate simple sentences. Along with this, other first-semester modules include Development of Western and Reformation Thought and Introduction to Evangelism and Church Growth.

    The Spring semester provides you with opportunities to continue developing your Hebrew language skills in combination with studying selected prophetic texts of the Old Testament in the module Intermediate Hebrew and Prophets. The other two modules, Epistles in Context and Pastoral Leadership, offer unique insights into the world of the apostolic church and thought, and contemporary practical guidance on how to apply the principles of biblical leadership.

    • 20: NCTR5009 - Introduction to Hebrew
    • 20: NCTR5002 - Development of Western and Reformation Thought
    • 20: NCTR5003 - Introduction to Evangelism and Church Growth
    • 20 : NCTR5011 - Intermediate Hebrew and Prophets
    • 20: NCTR5010 - Epistles in Context
    • 20: NCTR5008 - Independent Research Project
  • Year Three

    In the final year you will study Biblical Apocalyptic and Seventh-day Adventist Theology in Context in the first semester, and in the second semester you will take Themes in Biblical Theology, and Pastoral Care and Discipleship. The main academic event of the third year is writing a 12,000-word Bachelor’s thesis during the Autumn and Spring semesters.

    The Biblical Apocalyptic module consists of studying the phenomenon of the apocalyptic literature in the Bible, mostly the books of Daniel and Revelation. The other module in the first semester, Seventh-day Adventist Theology in Context, is a continuation of the second-year module Development of Western and Reformation Thought. As such, Seventh-day Adventist Theology in Context will help you to understand the roots, background and development of the SDA Church’s beliefs.

    • 20: NCTR6021 - Old Testament and New Testament Apocalyptic
    • 20: NCTR6002 - Seventh-day Adventist Theology in Context
    • 20:

      NCTR6004

      NCTR6003 - Dissertation
    • 20:

      NCTR6005

      NCTR6004 - Themes in Biblical Theology
    • 20: NCTR6005 - Pastoral Care and Discipleship

Entry Requirements

Our mission is to provide quality higher education and unlock our students’ potential from all educational backgrounds. Here are our entry requirements.

Three Year Programme

Validated by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

To apply to complete this programme in three years, you will need:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C or equivalent (Maths and English subjects are mandatory)
  • 2 A-levels, or equivalent
  • To be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year

If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of the language to study. Please click here for details.

 

Four Year Programme

Offered in partnership with Andrews University for the foundation year, with the final three years offered via validation by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

To apply to complete this programme in three years, you will need:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C or equivalent (including Maths and English), or equivalent
  • To be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year

If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of the language to study. Please click here for details.