Postgraduate Courses

The formal links between South Wales Baptist College, St Padarn’s Institue and Cardiff University, mean that the Baptist College can admit suitably qualified students to the Master of Theology course at Cardiff University.

The MTh Theology is a Cardiff University degree. Tutors from the Baptist College work closely with colleagues from  St Padarn’s Institute, Llandaff, to provide the teaching for this course.

MTh Pathways – Within the MTh degree there are a number of pathways which make it possible for students to pursue an interest in a branch of theology.

Biblical Studies

Christian Doctrine

Church History

Practical Theology

The basic building blocks of the MTh course are six 20 credit modules plus a 60 credit Master’s dissertation. Most modules are assessed by a 4,000 word assignment. The 20,000 word Master’s dissertation offers students space to explore their chosen topic in detail.

Full-time Master’s students  are expected to complete all the modules and the Master’s dissertation within 12 months.

Part-time Master’s students can spread their studies over a longer period. In order to make the course accessible to a wider number of people, the main teaching sessions are delivered via monthly study days. So for example, part-time MTh students would normally attend 8 study days during their first year of registration. This supplies the teaching input for four 20 credit modules. It is then possible to complete a further two modules and a MTh dissertation in the second year of registration.

General information about the course can be found on the Cardiff University website

Postgraduate Certificate in Theology – 60 credits at M Level (3 x 20 credit modules)

This course operates in a similar way to the MTh described above. Students for the Postgraduate Certificate would normally do two 20 credit modules in their first year, and then complete a further 20 credit module in their second year of registration.

Postgraduate Diploma in Theology – 120 credits at M Level (6 x 20 credits)

This course also operates in a similar way to the MTh course. Students for the Postgraduate Diploma, studying part-time, would normally do at least  two 20 credit modules in their first year. The remaining 80 credits would be completed over the next couple of years.

Enquiries about how to apply for admission to these postgraduate courses should be directed to Dr Peter Stevenson –


Postgraduate Research

Suitably qualified students interested in embarking on postgraduate research leading either to the degrees of MPhil or PhD can apply directly to Cardiff University. Tutors from the college may be involved in supervision as part of the supervisory team appointed by Cardiff University. The Principal is happy to respond to preliminary enquiries about possible research projects.