Saturday Course: Certificate in Theology

This programme is not validated by the University of Glasgow.

The Certificate in Theology is one of our Saturday Courses.  It is a 2-year part-time course in Biblical Studies, Practical Theology, Christian Discipleship and Christian Doctrine.  This course may be done at any of several venues, and by distance learning online.


meganCheck out this video, where Professor John A. MacLeod and Saturday Course student Megan Gray explain to prospective students what the Saturday courses involve.





About the Saturday Courses

Open to anyone, these part-time courses are an excellent way of gaining more than would normally be offered in church on Sunday whilst being less demanding than a full-time theological course. With the ability to access lectures online, it is possible to complete the courses at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home. 

One Saturday a month from September through to April, three lectures are delivered by visiting speakers. These lectures, which are also available for access online, are specially designed to stretch your Christian mind, and deepen your understanding of God’s word.  No prior qualifications are necessary for taking the Saturday Courses.

These courses are of great benefit to the ordinary church member, male and female, who have a longing to dig deeper into the gospel. These courses are of great benefit to the ordinary church member, male and female, who have a longing to dig deeper into the gospel. These courses are also intended for office-bearers - to encourage them to learn how to approach theological, biblical, historical and pastoral issues and thus to develop a greater study of the word of God.


How it works

There are two levels of award available in the Saturday Course.

The Certificate in Theology is a 2-year part-time course in Biblical Studies, Practical Theology, Christian Discipleship and Christian Doctrine. To qualify for the Certificate, the student is required to submit six essays (normally up to three essays each year).

The Diploma in Christian Studies is a further 2-year course for those who have already gained their Certificate in Theology.  To qualify for the Diploma in Christian Studies, the student is required to complete the Certificate in Theology and to submit a further six essays (normally up to three essays each year).


When are the courses delivered in 2019-2020?

2019: 14 September, 5 October, 9 November, 7 December

2020: 11 January, 15 February, 21 March, 18 April


What are the themes for 2019-2020?

Practical Theology: His-Story of Revival in Scotland: from Patrick Hamilton to Duncan Campbell

Lecturer: Andy Longwe

Someone once wisely remarked: ‘Study the Spirit’s work for the purpose of experiencing it.’ This course will give a broad historical survey of Scotland’s great revivals – from the days of the Scottish Reformation to the Lewis Revival in the 20th century. We will highlight the key people, key places, and key lessons of revivals over the last four centuries. God-willing, this course will enlarge our vision and expectations of God’s mighty deeds; and deepen our faith in God and the possibility of revival in our day.

Christian Doctrine: Worship and Theology in Practice

Lecturer: Iver Martin

Worship is the one thing we all do on the same day, every week. But what is worship? How did people approach God in the Old and New Testament Church? And do we worship today in the same way as the Church in every age? In this program we will look first at the Biblical foundation for worship, in both the Old and New Testaments. We will ask what the essential elements are in Biblical worship. We will then ask how worship was practiced at various stages in the Church’s history and particularly how the Reformation meant the Church’s rediscovery of true Biblical worship. We will lastly examine the importance of worship today and ask how to make the most of our times of corporate praise, prayer, preaching and the sacraments.

Biblical Studies: What Christians need to know for today and tomorrow: Studies in the Book of Revelation

Lecturer: John Angus MacLeod

The Book of Revelation: some people love it; others avoid it as much as they can. What about you? Is it your favourite book? Why did God give us this last book of the Bible? Is it full of secret codes? Is it meant to frighten Christians? What does it tell us about God and his plans, about history, and how the story will end? In these eight lectures, we will explore Revelation and examine the reasons why this last book in the Bible could indeed be regarded as the most encouraging of all.


Online Registration

While you can sign up till the end of 2019 for the 2019-2020 session and pay online using Paypal, you would be better to sign up straight away and be ready for the new session.  Just fill in the form here.

Alternatively, you can attend your venue and sign up on the day.


Where can I do these courses?

You can join us at one of the venues below or you can complete the courses online.

  • Edinburgh Theological Seminary
  • Stornoway Free Church (by live video-conferencing)
  • Ayr Free Church
  • Partick Free Church
  • Knockbain Free Church


Online Lecture Access

If you have signed up, you can access the lectures here with your login details.


Further Enquiries:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Edinburgh Theological Seminary, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH1 2LS.