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Postgraduate Certificate Theology

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Full time | Oak Hill Theological College | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Religious Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The PGCert is a short (60 credit) course, primarily aimed at theology graduates serving in ministry who are considering further study or are looking for an element of continuing professional development. It is designed as an oasis of theological refreshment that nurtures, stretches, and sharpens your skills for ministry.

PGCert students take two modules: a compulsory module on hermeneutics and epistemology, which is common to all our postgraduate programmes, and one elective, which can be a taught module, an independent research project, or a guided reading module. It combines an integrative, required module with the flexibility of an elective to strengthen your theological foundations and to create space to explore issues that interest you.

There are two pathway options for PGCert students, either to take both modules in one year, or one module in each of two years.

Programme information

Students are required to attend all their classes and are expected to attend Chapel on the days that they are in College (Chapel takes place every weekday in the middle of the day).

Learning, teaching and assessment

Our ultimate aim is not just to impart information but to work towards the transformation of students as they reflect with others on loving Christ more deeply in order to explain him simply. We pursue the enhancement of teaching and learning within the College by fostering:

• habits in the lecturer of reflective, self-critical intentionality and innovation

• an ethos in the classroom of directed, active and hospitable learning

• an ethos amongst the faculty of collegiality, teachability and servant leadership

• an ethos in the College of teachability, servant leadership and worship

Learning, teaching and assessment

The College aims to provide a learning experience which is demanding and exhilarating, reflecting the highest academic standards as well as excellence in pedagogy. The programme offers a rich and varied learning experience which encompasses lectures, seminars, language classes, field trips, placements and a range of formative and summative assessments. Through these assessments, the College aims to provide all students with an equal opportunity to demonstrate their achievement of Threshold Learning Outcomes (at module level) and Programme Learning Outcomes. Underlying all of the College’s programmes is a commitment both to information and to transformation, and a belief that the sub-disciplines within Theology are integrated within the framework provided by scripture, which can and does speak into every area of life.


After introductory reflections on epistemology and hermeneutics, the module will progress in two movements. The first will establish the theological and epistemological foundations for our hermeneutical explorations. Here we will examine Christian accounts of human knowledge of God and creation in the light of the creator-created distinction, the fall of humanity and redemption, using biblical and other material. We will describe and examine key proposals for a sound epistemology in the western tradition, considering objections to these proposals from Sophism, Scepticism, Nihilism and post-modernism. And we will evaluate the hermeneutical and theological implications of these epistemologies, as well as their objections, using worked examples and scenarios. From this theological and epistemological foundation, the second part of the module will focus on hermeneutics in the stricter sense. Here we will describe and examine various hermeneutical approaches, devoting particular attention to their epistemological underpinnings, theological implications, and conception of the relationship among author, text and reader. We will focus on specific hermeneutical issues, such as dual authorship, semiotics, the situated-ness of the reader and the relationship between interpretation and theology. And we will discuss fitting strategies for Christian appropriation of hermeneutical disciplines in order to nurture Christian faith. Together, these theological, epistemological and hermeneutical discussions will provide a backdrop for the module assessments. For the seminar paper, students will describe and critically evaluate a major objection to human claims to knowledge, indicating possible well-framed Christian responses to that objection. For the exegetical paper, students will explore a passage relating to the knowledge of God but will use and critically evaluate different hermeneutical techniques in doing so. And for the event and written account, students will present sophistic

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirement is a UK Honours degree in Theology (classified 2.2 or above). Normally, broader degrees in Religious Studies and other subjects will not provide an adequate grounding for this programme. Students without a degree in Theology may qualify for admission if they are able to demonstrate both academic ability and sufficient other theological background. Students wishing to take certain modules in Biblical Studies as part of their programme must demonstrate a proficiency in Greek or Hebrew at least to the standard of the pre-requisites identified for the relevant Oak Hill modules.