London Program

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London-based Th.M. in Historical Theology

Westminster Theological Seminary offers a Th.M. level degree in association with the Pastors' Academy  This Master of Theology in Historical Theology is taken as a series of modules, making it accessible to those already in full-time ministry.

The purpose of this degree programme is to increase the student's knowledge of a major field of theological learning - concentrating in the Reformed and Puritan periods - particularly through training and practice in the use of the methods and tools of theological research, and thus to further the student's preparation for pastoral or teaching ministry, or for more advanced graduate study. It is aimed especially at theology graduates, ministers and missionaries.

Credentials for Admission

Credentials for admission to the London Th.M. include an initial baccalaureate degree plus the MDiv degree or its theological equivalent from approved institutions. Knowledge of both Hebrew and NT Greek is also required.

Applications must be submitted for entrance to the course by:

October 15 for Winter term matriculation (January module)

January 15 for Spring term matriculation (March module)

April 15 for Summer term matriculation (June module)

June 15 for Fall term matriculation (August and September modules)

Programme Requirments

  • Coursework: Six week-long modules taught by visiting faculty members of WTS and adjunct faculty members. Essays are required following each module, and five modules are normally offered in each calendar year.
  • Complete and pass the course equivalent of PT 421P Theological Bibliography and Research Methodology, which is offered each year.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a language relevant to theological study (e.g., Dutch, French, German, or Latin). An examination in this chosen language must be passed before a student can submit their thesis.
  • After the completion of modular work, a thesis is required.

Fees and Accomodations

For a breakdown of tuition and other related costs for the London program, or for the auditing fees, please see the current academic catalog

There is a small charge for meals and facilities. Accommodation, if required, is available during the teaching weeks in single study bedrooms. Residence at the John Owen Centre at other times is also possible subject to availability. 

For more information about accomodations please contact The John Owen Centre 

Location of the John Owen Centre

Situated at the London Seminary, the Centre is within easy reach of central London, offering the vast resources of the British Library, the Evangelical Library and Dr Williams' Library for reference and research. Many students have found visits to Pendlebury's Bookshop and Geneva Books, for second-hand Christian books, to be very worthwhile. 

Those using the Centre will also have use of the library of the London Seminary, which is particularly strong in the area of church history and historical theology.


2018 Courses Offered

January 8-12 | ST 813 Covenant and Christology | Dr. Lane Tipton

This course is designed to deepen understanding of the accomplishment of salvation by the triune God in Christ in both its central focus and comprehensive scope.

Topics covered include: Preexistence, incarnation, covenant of redemption, covenant of works, covenant of grace, two estates of the Redeemer, with special attention given to the development of Reformed eschatology from an exegetical and redemptive-historical perspective.


April 9-14 | CH 713L Union with Christ in Calvin's Theology | Dr. Mark Garcia

This course is designed as an exercise in the responsible reading and interpretation of historical-theological texts by systematic theologians, or those interested in the systematic theological issues that arise in the course of such study. As the major theologian of the early Reformed tradition, Calvin’s rich and engaging theology of union with Christ has consistently drawn interest from theologians throughout the modern era. This course will pursue a faithful understanding of Calvin’s thought by attending to the exegetical, polemical, and historical-contextual facets of his teaching on this topic. 

The general interest will be in the function of the union idea in the way Calvin relates justification "sola fide" to the recognized necessity for good works, and the textual-contextual foci will be: 1) his Romans commentary, which will involve a close examination of Calvin’s exegesis; 2) his expositions of sacramental union with Christ, which will involve developing a sensitivity to Calvin’s concern for theological implications and coherence; and 3) his extensive refutation of Andreas Osiander, which will bring many aspects of the first two foci to bear upon a highly important event in Calvin’s later work. This course will conclude with a discussion of proposals by contemporary theologians who interact with Calvin’s Christology and theology of union with Christ.


June 25-29 | ST 700L New Modernity | Dr. Carlton Wynne

This ThM course explores the philosophical and theological foundations of select post-Enlightenment figures whose thought has influenced the contemporary Christian church. After surveying the rise of theological liberalism as represented by Friedrich Schleiermacher, the course focuses on Karl Barth's response to liberalism, as well as Barth’s influence upon the post-liberal theologies of Hans Frei. George Lindbeck, and John Webster. Special attention is paid to the ways prolegomena bears on the nature and task of theology, with implications for philosophy of ministry and preaching.


September 3-8 | 933L History of the Reformed Doctrine of the Atonement | Dr. Garry Williams

An opportunity to engage first-hand with a selection of classic Reformed treatments of the doctrine of the Atonement. The course will involve extensive reading of primary texts from a range of Reformed theologians, including John Calvin, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards and Charles Hodge, focusing particularly on their exposition and defense of penal substitution atonement. The course will examine the historical background of Reformed conceptions, their polemical function, their biblical basis, and their internal systematic coherence.


October 29 - November 2 | CH 830L The Doctrine of the Church in Reformed Theology | Dr. Craig Troxel

Purpose: To familiarize the student with the theological foundations, principles and practices of ecclesiology in the Reformed tradition through historical theology as well as exegetical and systematic contributions.

Topics include: Resources to answer the ancient and modern challenges of sacramental, ecumenical, consumeristic and post-modern views of the church, and to defend—thoughtfully and winsomely—the conviction that the church visible is “the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ” and the “pillar and foundation of the truth.”