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Graduate Diploma in Biblical and Pastoral Studies

Gradate Diploma in Biblical and Pastoral Studies


The Graduate Diploma in Biblical and Pastoral Studies, accredited by the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, is a one-year bridging programme for graduates with a completed Level 6 degree in another discipline who wish to pursue postgraduate theological studies or need to upgrade their theological foundations in order to enter the Master of Arts in Theology.

The duration of the programme is two semesters and successful candidates have to complete six modules. After the completion of all modules, candidates are eligible to apply for postgraduate studies at Newbold College of Higher Education.

One year, full-time

Full-time, part-time, blended delivery

Autumn (September) Semester

120 CATS

Dr Ivan Milanov

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (United Kingdom)


In addition to the high quality teaching and education our Department of Theological Studies provides, undertaking postgraduate studies in Theology at Newbold will give you the chance to:

  • Choose an area of specialisation and focus your studies in the area that interests you most.
  • Gain a global perspective from our culturally diverse staff and fellow students who represent around 50 different nationalities.
  • Benefit from the experience of our staff, most of whom have real-world pastoral experience. Every area of study, whether Old or New Testament Studies, Biblical or Systematic Theology, and Practical or Pastoral Theology, is taught by specialists in the field.
  • Tailor your studies to match your lifestyle by choosing a combination of part-time, study, on-campus intensive modules, and blended delivery of modules.
  • Utilise our academic facilities, from our well-stocked library with its efficient electronic resource service, to the Ellen G. White Research Centre, the first of its kind outside the United States.
  • Study a programme whose credits are transferable and recognised internationally, allowing you control over your future.
  • Take advantage of the range of scholarships available such as those from the Trans-European Division (TED) and the British Union Conference (BUC).
Following the call to enter into a future of Pastoral Ministry, having obtained my bachelors degree in a non-theology related discipline, and having been out of academic learning for over five years prior to the commencement of my studies at Newbold College of Higher Education, the biggest concern I anticipated in studying the Graduate Diploma in Biblical and Pastoral Studies was in not being able to fully comprehend the subject matter without a bachelor’s level of understanding and keeping up with the pace of learning. To my surprise, the Graduate Diploma programme proved to be a well balanced and manageable offering made up of certain modules, carefully selected from the wider BA programme, that was a perfect blend of practical/pastoral modules, alongside the more scripturally-focused, theology-based units.
The best thing about studying the Graduate Diploma at Newbold is the space that is intentionally created to allow for the exploration of one’s own ideas, alongside the opportunity to learn and develop new skills; from learning a new language (Hebrew in my case), to practising the art of preparing and delivering sermons, all the way through to being given a Church placement, where all that you learn in class can be applied in the reality of the real world of congregational worship and Church life.
But be warned: studying theology is not easy! The Graduate Diploma is probably one of the more challenging modes of study – being thrown into the deep end as it were – but with the excellent mentoring and support from the lecturers, who care about your personal and spiritual development just as much as your academic achievements, the course really encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and grow in faith and boldness to become the person God appointed you to be. Studying the Graduate Diploma at Newbold has been an amazing journey of discovery and growth on so many levels. If you think God may be calling you to study this course, I challenge you instead to be still and know that He has.
Tajesh Puri


To fulfill the requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Biblical and Pastoral Studies you will need to successfully complete 120 credits worth of the 20-credit modules listed below.

Not all the listed modules will be offered every year, but at least three modules will be offered in each of the semesters.


The Graduate Diploma in Biblical and Pastoral Studies programme includes modules in biblical, pastoral and theological pathways with the choice of emphasising in Old or New Testament Studies.

  • Hebrew Language and Exegesis (NCTR6018)
  • Hebrew Texts and Prophets (NCTR6015)
  • Acts and Epistles (NCTR6010)
  • Development in Seventh-day Adventist Theology (NCTR6013)
  • Biblical Theology (NCTR6014)
  • Pastoral Evangelism and Church Growth (NCTR6012)
  • Greek Language and Exegesis (NCTR6017)
  • Greek Texts and Epistles (NCTR6008)
  • Old Testament Prophets (NCTR6011)
  • Development in Seventh-day Adventist Theology (NCTR6013)
  • Biblical Theology (NCTR6014)
  • Pastoral Evangelism and Church Growth (NCTR6012)


The following members of the Department of Theological Studies teach the Graduate Diploma in Biblical and Pastoral Studies:


You may need to meet different entry requirements depending on where you are from and what your academic background is.

To be eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma in Biblical and Pastoral Studies, you will need to have completed:

  • An undergraduate degree in any area (BA or similar)

If English is not your native language you will also need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of English to study at this level, or to have taken one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (mandatory for visa students) – Minimum average of 6.0 overall, with no subtest below 6.0
  • Cambridge First Certificate (CEF) – Minimum grade C


Newbold’s fee structure is competitive, especially compared with other universities in the United Kingdom and with other Adventist higher education providers in the United States.

Find out more about our tuition fees and use our cost calculator to estimate what your study plan might cost.


As a Theology student you become an automatic member of the Newbold Ministerial Society. The Society provides a range of events and activities for its members, such as seminars, social activities, and mission and evangelism trips.

Find out more about the Newbold Ministerial Society.


On completing the Graduate Diploma in Biblical and Pastoral Studies, you will have had the opportunity to:

  • Develop a deep and relevant knowledge of the biblical texts.
  • Develop the ability to study the biblical texts independently with critical insight, accompanied by clear argumentation and communication.
  • Be educated in all scholarly and vocational aspects of pastoral ministry in a Seventh-day Adventist context.
  • Recognise and develop personal values and explore Christian perspectives in relation to other worldviews.
  • Prepare yourself for postgraduate study.

We recognise the importance of practical application and for many years we have provided work placement opportunities as a part of the Graduate Diploma. These placements give students the opportunity to experience, report, and reflect on areas such as pastoral ministry, psychology in ministry, and pastoral evangelism and discipleship.

From the first semester, there are opportunities to preach on Sabbath, lead Sabbath school with adults, youth and children, participate in church life activities such as Pathfinders and Adventurers, and be involved in board meetings.


Newbold is accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities, is accredited within the UK higher education sector by the British Accreditation Council for Further and Higher Education, and receives educational oversight from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

The Graduate Diploma in Biblical and Pastoral Studies is validated by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UK).

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