Individual Study Programme

This course is a superb opportunity to tailor a personalised course of study to meet your needs. Students can take modules from any of the ETS departments - Old and New Testament, Systematic Theology, Church History, Apologetics, Practical Theology and the ETS Mission Centre.

At ETS, we believe that theological education is more acute now than ever. It is for this reason that we offer the Individual Study Programme which is both relevant and accessible.

This programme is an attractive option to a range of people – particularly those who intend to go into Christian mission, or missionaries on furlough. It is also ideal for those who simply wish to deepen their understanding of core, biblical, theological, practical and missional 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.



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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