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About Union

Some History

The Union Theological College is a union of two 19th century Irish Presbyterian Colleges – the Presbyterian Theological College, Belfast (often known as the Assembly’s College) and Magee Theological College in Londonderry. Union College has inherited a tradition of theological and academic excellence, and of pastoral and practical training, that stretches back to the founding of the original Presbyterian College in 1853. The College in its present form was constituted by Act of Parliament in 1978.

Our Mission

Union Theological College welcomes students from all backgrounds and perspectives to study Christian theology in a community of faith and scholarship.  We are committed to:

  • Partnering with Queen's University, Belfast in preparing students to make effective and positive contributions in our society and across the world;
  • Equipping students for effective ministry within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland;
  • Providing research-informed teaching and innovative approaches to learning and assessment.

The Student Community

The students at Union come from many different backgrounds. Some have come to the College as part of their training for the ordained ministry, and we provide courses that are designed to prepare our students for effective Christian ministry. But we have many other students who study Theology as an academic pursuit as they prepare for a wide variety of careers.

Students range in age from school-leavers to the retired. All the main denominations are represented in the student body and students are welcome from any (and no) faith background. Most of our students are from Ireland (North and South), and we have a number of students from other parts of the UK as well as several overseas students.

The majority of our students are enrolled for degrees and diplomas through the Institute of Theology of Queen's University and benefit from all the facilities and services of a Russell Group university. Most of our degree students are full-time, but we have a number of part-time undergraduate students and a significant number of postgraduate students.  

Through its commitment to academic excellence, practical relevance and cultural sensitivity, the College seeks to provide an environment for personal growth and development as well as providing a learning environment that is stimulating and enriching.