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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Biblical and Pastoral Studies

Your pathway to a successful ministry starts here.

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Our Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Pastoral Studies will equip you with the academic and practical skills needed to enter an enriching career in ministry. A fusion of religion, literature and ancient languages, this degree will inspire you and challenge you.

If your calling is to serve others, this course is ideal for you.


Course Overview

The content of this course is based on the principle that successful ministry is achieved through a deep knowledge of Scripture, an understanding of the Church’s history and mission, and pastoral skills that are relevant to contemporary needs.

Throughout this course, you will explore the international character of the Adventist Church and develop pastoral skills that are pertinent to the modern world. You will also participate in field placements where you will gain vocational skills relating to pastoral and evangelistic ministry.

Enrolling on to this course can be the first steps you take towards our postgraduate Theology course, which will offer an opportunity to focus on biblical or pastoral studies and is also the basic criteria for employment within the Trans-European Division.

Watch the video below to hear what our students think about studying Theology with us.

Course structure

The course includes modules of 10 or 20 credits each, plus an AO-credit dissertation. You will develop a deeper understanding of the Bible, and use this knowledge to apply Biblical truths to relevant issues facing Christianity and the Church today.

We also recognise the importance of practical application and provide work placement opportunities as part of this degree. The placements will give you the opportunity to experience areas such as pastoral ministry, psychology in ministry, evangelism and discipleship first-hand.

  • Year One

    If you plan to complete the degree in three years, this year will be your entry point. You will be introduced to every area of biblical, theological and pastoral studies through a range of tailored modules that are designated Level 4 in the UK higher education system.

    Disclaimer: the module codes are to be confirmed at this stage.

    • 20: Historical and Cultural Background of the Bible
    • 20: Historical Context of Christian Theology & Mission I
    • 10: Cross-Cultural Ministry
    • 20: Introduction to Greek
    • 10: Gospels
    • 10: Pentateuch
    • 20: Ministry in Context
    • 10: Intermediate Greek
  • Year Two

    Year two will see you delve into the art of learning Biblical Hebrew, studying prophetic texts of the Old Testament, and receiving contemporary practical guidance on biblical leadership, evangelism and Church growth. The modules listed are designated Level 5 in the UK higher education system.

    Disclaimer: the module codes are to be confirmed at this stage.

    • 10: Epistles
    • 20: Historical Context of Christian Theology & Mission II
    • 20: Pastoral Ministry
    • 20: Introduction to Hebrew
    • 10: Old Testament Writings
    • 10: Religion & Ethics in Contemporary Society
    • 20: Contemporary Evangelism & Discipleship
    • 10: Intermediate Hebrew
  • Year Three

    Your third year will be centred around writing a 12,000 Bachelor’s thesis across the autumn and spring semesters. Seventh-day Adventist theology, pastoral care and discipleship will also feature, and modules covered are designated Level 6 in the UK higher education system.

    Disclaimer: the module codes are to be confirmed at this stage.

    • 10: Acts
    • 10: Old Testament Prophets
    • 20: Seventh-day Adventist Theology in Context
    • 20: Dissertation
    • 20: Daniel & Revelation
    • 20: Themes in Biblical Theology
    • 10: Ministry Placement
    • 10: Pastoral Psychology & Counselling


“I have always wanted to expand my knowledge and views on different biblical narratives and the context in which they were written. The Biblical and Pastoral Studies course at Newbold seemed to be an excellent way to do this.”


Caroline signed up to study English, and now she’s on the path to ministry.

Your future matters


Our degree in Biblical and Pastoral studies will equip you with in-depth subject knowledge, but you will also develop valued transferable skills that will stand out to future employers.


You will be a self-assured communicator who can study independently with critical insights, you will work confidently independently, as well as in a team, and you will possess exceptional research and organisational skill.


Graduates have gone on to success in a wide range of careers in education, charity and not-for-profit work, as well as opportunities in the commercial sector and ministry. Many progress to the MA Theology course, and to employment in the Trans-European Division, or in the wider international Adventist Church.

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.


Outstanding academic facilities

Roy Graham Library


The Roy Graham Library houses a wide range of printed and electronic resources, including full-text eBooks and online academic journals to support you in your studies. Our library staff are on hand to arrange access to information and provide training that will help you to make the most of our services, and locate additional resources through interlibrary loans, document deliveries and provide access to material held at other universities.



Ellen G. White Research Centre


The library is also home to The Ellen G. White Research Centre – the first of its kind established outside of the United States. The Centre features a complete collection of Ellen G. White’s published and unpublished letters and manuscripts, consisting of approximately 50,000 pages – including sample handwritten letters.


The Centre provides the facilities and resources for research into the life and writings of Ellen G. White and the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Ellen G White Centre

Life at Newbold


We encourage students to make our Newbold, their Newbold. Take a look at our dedicated Vist Us page to experience your very own virtual Open Day, any day of the week.

We offer scholarships, hardship funding and have dedicated staff on hand to help you access advice and help on managing your finances while you study.

We also provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved and immerse yourself in student life – through volunteering, sports and music, events and more.


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