Individual Study Programme

Whatever area of Christian service you wish to enter, the need for theological training is more acute now than ever before. We recognise that theological education must be rigorous, relevant and accessible.

The Seminary offers you the opportunity to tailor a personalised course of study to meet your situation. You will be able to take modules from any of the five departments - Old and New Testament, Systematic Theology, Church History, Apologetics and Practical Theology. The ISP can range in length from one semester to two years.

Such theological training will be of great benefit to those who intend to go into Christian mission, missionaries on furlough, or others who simply wish to deepen their own understanding of core biblical, theological and practical issues from a Reformed perspective.



In keeping with the flexible nature of the Individual Study Programme, ISP courses can be taken at one of two levels:

  • Degree Credit: Students complete coursework and take end of semester examinations and are assessed to the standard required by the Bachelor of Theology Programme.
  • Auditor: Students attend class but are not required to complete coursework or take end of semester examinations. While no formal award is given to Auditors, they are enriched by the teaching and learning experience.



All students who complete their courses at Degree Credit level successfully will receive due certificates of recognition at the Seminary Annual Awards ceremony. While no formal award is given to Auditors, they are enriched by the teaching and learning experience.

Students assessed at Degree Credit level may, with the permission of Glasgow University, use these ISP modules toward the Bachelor of Theology degree awarded by Glasgow University to students at Edinburgh Theological Seminary.


Distance Learning

This programme can be done by Distance Learning.

For more information, see Individual Study Programme with Distance Learning Option.

See Distance Learning FAQ for more information on Distance Learning at ETS.



The course fee depends on the number of modules taken. For module fees see here.


Undergraduate Admissions Policy

The Undergraduate Admissions Policy can be found here.


Individual Study Programme Application Form

The relevant Application Form is found here.


For more information:

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Why do the ISP Programme at ETS?

Florian Weicken, Swizterland

Florian Weicken, Swizterland

"During my ISP at ETS I was taught that sound theological training is vital and foundational to any kind of Christian ministry. This reinforced that every aspect of my ministry and life ought to be in line with the Word of God."
Riaz Mohammed, Doctor, Edinburgh

Riaz Mohammed, Doctor, Edinburgh

"I would have no hesitation in recommending that anyone who wishes to know more about the Scriptures and the Christian Faith to take full advantage of this facility open to all whether you have an academic background or simply wish to use your time wisely to know more about the Christian Faith and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."