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Postgraduate study equips you with qualities of understanding, discovery, depth and determination, it enables you to teach others and make a positive difference in their lives, it opens up significant employment opportunities in academia, Christian leadership and the professional world and it enables you to research a topic you’re passionate about in considerable depth and to make a cutting-edge contribution to the Church and to scholarship.
Each year up to 30 postgraduates graduate from LST to take up leadership roles all over the world. The majority of LST graduates can be found teaching in churches, seminaries and university faculties around the world. Many have gone on to publish their thesis and develop writing careers. Others are well-known public speakers and denominational leaders whilst some have even gone on to establish think-tanks or become diplomats. As part of a larger student body of over 350 students from all over the world, of different ages and from various church denominations, LST's postgraduate centre is a unique and exciting place to study.
LST offers a number of exciting taught postgraduate programmes:
MA in Transformation: Scripture, Church and World combines essay work with seminars and some lectures. The seminars are designed by tutors and led by students. The diverse nationalities, cultures and denominations of students provide an enriching environment in which prior perspectives are challenged and broadened. High academic standards are a priority, but we are also committed to helping you grow spiritually. This process is encouraged by pastoral letters and by tutorial conversation slots, designed to help you reflect on 'the MA experience' as it unfolds. This programme will lead either to a Postgraduate Diploma (without submission of a dissertation) or an MA.
MA in Integrative Psychotherapy - Integrative Psychotherapy is well established with over fifty percent of counsellors describing themselves as 'integrative'. This MA stands in that movement, seeking to integrate Christian faith, theology, worldview and spirituality into the process. Find out what it might mean for you to be an 'integrative therapist' with a well-founded understanding of your therapeutic practice, and of yourself, and of the Christian faith and how they all fit together.
The MA in Aspects and Implications of Biblical Interpretation is available for study by distance learning.
The purpose of a research degree is to establish and demonstrate competence in the theological discipline in which your thesis is being submitted. We hope the discoveries you make will contribute not only to your personal growth but also to that of the community you will be serving.
If you decide to take a research programme you will be expected to demonstrate critical knowledge of the main scholarly contributions to your chosen field; to show that you can test critical hypotheses (including your own) by the methods appropriate to your discipline; and to provide a comprehensive and disciplined study of your research area which is coherently structured and appropriately argued. Research degrees are not taught courses, although you may be asked to take a course of guided reading or attend some relevant classes.
Research students are assigned one or two supervisors (the number of supervisors depends on your topic) who have expertise in the student's topic, and will guide and advise them in their research. Normally you will meet with your supervisor at least four times (two or three times for part-time students) each year to discuss at some length written work previously submitted, and to talk through the way ahead. All students should reckon to visit LST at least once a year. For students who live at a great distance from campus (particularly outside the UK), other supervisions can be conducted by telephone, Skype or iChat, and contact can be maintained by email.
There are details of our research degrees below: for a table comparing the MTh, MPhil and PhD, click here.
For information about possible areas of research and the main interests of our research supervisors, click here.
Applicants for one of our research degrees are required to provide a research proposal with their application: for an outline of what to include in a research proposal, click here.
'I chose LST for a number of reasons but mainly for the benefit of having an academic supervisor who was as enthusiastic as me about the subject and who encouraged me to go for it. With the constant provocative interaction with fellow students and faculty I could not have asked for a better environment in which to undertake postgraduate studies.'