The BTh Suite of courses has been redeveloped with Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education and can only be studied at some of those institutions in Oxford which offer an ordination course for ministry. Students can study to three levels: Certificate (level 4), Diploma (level 5) and Degree (level 6), and all the courses can be taken either full-time or part-time. Within the BTh Suite, there is a solid core of ‘traditional’ theological subjects, such as biblical study and doctrine, with a significant amount of work oriented towards practice and ministry. It is not necessary to study the BTh courses in a vocational way, but the courses are taught at Regent’s in the context of ministerial formation, so ministerial and non-ministerial students will take classes together.
The Certificate for Theological Studies, which is also the first year of the BTh, requires the study of six papers, at least one Biblical paper, one history or doctrine paper, and one paper in practical theology. All papers can be assessed by essays, projects or portfolios, although there is the option to sit exams on the Biblical papers. On successfully completing the first year, candidates can move on to the Diploma in Theological Studies (one more year full-time/equivalent) or for those with an average mark of 60 or over, the BTh (two more years full-time/equivalent). Both the Diploma and the BTh require a further paper in Biblical Studies, in history or doctrine and in practical theology, and then allow choice for the remaining papers. The BTh also requires a piece of independent research, such as a dissertation or project. The BTh itself is classed and it is an excellent basis for postgraduate study and research.
Unlike applications for the BA, applications for the BTh are handled directly by the College, and candidates should apply directly to Regent’s. For information, click here, or contact The Revd Anthony Clarke: firstname.lastname@example.org.