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Postgraduate Certificate in Biblical Greek (PGCert)

This certificate takes students from the Greek alphabet to reading the Greek New Testament with understanding and confidence. It is the equivalent of seminary–level grammar and syntax.



If you click apply you will be taken to our partners at BibleMesh to facilitate your application.

1

year full time or up to

3

years part time

3

Modules in total

Presbyterian Theological Faculty Ireland

award

Online and distance learning provides a new way to utilise innovative learning and teaching techniques from anywhere around the world under the supervision of your tutor.

Whether you’re studying online or on site, all of Union Theological College’s degrees are marked by strict academic standards approved by the Faculty and regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Online study is subject to the same entry requirements as our on–campus degrees: there is no difference in the overall workload, and the qualification you get is of equal value.

The difference is simply in the way in which the course is delivered. As well as all the conventional benefits of taking your theological education to a new level, our new online programme has some particular benefits associated with it:

  • Earn a recognised UK postgraduate certificate from almost anywhere in the world (there are no residential requirements)
  • Have access to the teaching of leading language scholars such as Mark Dubis and more
  • Flexibility to study at a time and a pace that best suits your own needs
  • Learn as part of a rich and diverse online community

The platform that will deliver content and allow you to interact with faculty and students is BibleMesh. For every taught module this virtual learning environment provides video lectures, multi–sensory engagement with the language, quizzes for self–assessment, and digital copies of the required readings. You will be able to benefit from the Cerego app, an online tool for your desktop, tablet or mobile device that builds on the latest in cognitive science to help you learn faster and remember longer.

This programme aims to provide:

  • A mastery of Koine Greek grammar and vocabulary
  • Competence in reading and translating selected texts from the New Testament
  • A developed ability to analyse and exegete the text of the Greek New Testament

An appreciation of the vocation of the Christian theologian

Postgraduate Certificate in Biblical Greek

This certificate takes students from the Greek alphabet to reading the Greek New Testament with understanding and confidence. It is the equivalent of seminary–level grammar and syntax.

You will be taken to Our partners at BibleMesh to facilitate your application

Duration

12 months full-time or part-time equivalent of 2-3 years

Programme Fee

£1,965 total programme fee (UK/ROI)
£5,325 total programme fee (International, including EU)

Overview

  • 3 required courses (60 credits total)
  • Programme delivered fully online
  • 1–on–1 academic tutor

Postgraduate Certificate awarded

Module 1

Greek Reading 1

  • Video lectures by Dr. Mark Dubis and more
  • Covers: Greek cases, gender, first and second declensions, adjectives, article, prepositions, conjunctions, adverbs, verbal tense and aspect, active voice, indicative mood, person and number and εἰμί
  • Translation and exegesis of the Gospel of John chapters 1–3
  • 200 words of Greek vocabulary using Cerego
  • Development of lexical analysis through word studies

5,000–word written exegetical assignment

20 credits / 10-15 hours per week for 15 weeks

Module 2

Greek Reading 2

  • Video lectures by Dr. Mark Dubis and more
  • Covers: pronouns, middle/passive voice, tense/aspect, mood, commands and prohibitions, contract verbs, participles
  • Translation and exegesis of the Gospel of Matthew chapters 5–7
  • 125 words of Greek vocabulary using Cerego
  • Development of clausal analysis

5,000–word written exegetical assignment

20 credits / 10-15 hours per week for 15 weeks

Module 3

Greek Reading 3

  • Video lectures by Dr. Mark Dubis and more
  • Covers: stative verbs, perfect tense, advanced participles, liquid verbs, μι–verbs, conditional sentences, third declension, advanced cases, advanced pronouns, special uses of the article
  • Translation and exegesis of 1 Thessalonians
  • 125 words of Greek vocabulary using Cerego
  • Development of textual criticism

5,000–word written exegetical assignment

20 credits / 10–15 hours per week for 15 weeks

The PGCert in Biblical Greek can be completed in as few as 12 months (full–time) or as much as 24 months (part–time). Admission to the PGCert in Biblical Greek can take place at the beginning of the Autumn or Spring semester.

Potential pathway for PGCert students

Spring Semester
Jan – Apr
Autumn Semester
Sep – Jan
Spring Semester
Jan – Apr
Greek 1 Greek 2 Greek 3

Tuition fees are subject to annual revision and are typically increased by approximately 4% per annum for programmes longer than one year. For part–time intermittent study, the fees are payable for each module as you study (payable 6 weeks in advance of each module).

Postgraduate Certificate in Biblical Greek:

UK and ROI: 2021–22

  • Per Module (x3): £635
  • Programme Total: £1,965
  • Annual Registration Fee: £180

International (including EU): 2021–22

  • Per Module (x3): £1,755
  • Programme Total: £5,325
  • Annual Registration Fee: £180

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

Admissions Requirements

Please check you meet all the entry requirements for this programme before you submit an application.

  • This must include your name and date of birth exactly as they appear on your passport and your correspondence address during the application process

This should take the form of a document of one or two pages highlighting your academic achievements and any relevant experience.

  • Ideally an essay submitted for assessment in your most recent qualification
  • The piece should be around 2,000 words in length (excluding references and bibliography)

It will be used to assess your ability to engage in critical thinking and to construct and defend an argument.

(300–400 words) in which you provide a personal statement explaining your motivation for applying for this particular programme as either a full–time or part–time student

  • At least one of which must be an academic reference
  • Professional (institutional or organisational) email addresses should be used whenever possible
  • In the ‘role’ field of the application form you should enter the referee’s position – that may be their job title (e.g. Director of Studies, Personal Tutor, or Head of Department) or their position relative to you (e.g. Line Manager or Minister)

Your references should outline your intellectual ability, academic achievement, motivation, and ability to engage in self–motivated study.

  • These must be verified official transcripts that provide your full academic history of courses taken and grades achieved (a degree certificate is not equivalent to a transcript)
  • If you are currently a student who has not yet completed your degree please provide an interim transcript of your degree progress and achievement to date (in this case we will consider your application on a conditional basis)

If these documents are not in English an official English translation must be supplied with full contact details either the professional translator, the institution that issued the transcript or the authorised notary.

Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of the degree programme. You must submit evidence that you meet the College’s English language requirement for your course, if:

  • your first language is not English, or
  • your first language is English but you are not a national of a majority English–speaking country recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) i.e.: 
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St. Lucia and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States of America
  • You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you have completed a qualification degree qualification in the UK of a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in:
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St. Lucia and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States of America

For further details please see https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/knowledge-of-english

  • One of the following documents to confirm your identity, name and date of birth:
  • A copy of the photo page of your valid passport (this is our preferred option)
  • A copy of a national identification card or driving licence

If you have changed your name you must supply evidence e.g. a marriage certificate

Upon submission of your application you will be supplied with details of how to pay a non–returnable application fee of $75.

Frequently Asked Questions

As an alternative to traditional residential study, online learning offers flexibility and utilises the best in digital learning resources.

Our online PGCert programme offers the same high standards of teaching, assessment and award as its campus-based equivalents.

Your degree certificate will be identical to the degree certificates received by students who have completed their study on campus in Belfast.

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has had a theological training institution in Belfast since 1853. Initially called Assembly’s College, it was later renamed Union Theological College by Act of Parliament. In 1881 the college was awarded a Royal Charter empowering it to grant its own degrees in theology. This authority resides in the theological professors of the college who together constitute the Presbyterian Theological Faculty, Ireland (PTFI). Union Theological College programmes are awarded by this body. The PTFI is recognised as a university under UK law and the work of the college is regulated by the independent body that maintains standards within UK higher education sector and by the Council for Training in Ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

UK and ROI Per Module: £635 Tuition Fee Total: £1,965 Annual Registration Fee £180 International (including EU) Per Module: £1,755 Tuition Fee Total: £5,505 Annual Registration Fee £180 Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

The BibleMesh platform will provide you with digital copies of each module’s core primary text and textbook. You will also have access to the e-book collection of Union College’s Gamble Library. Some other books may have to be purchased.

There are three compulsory core modules to the programme.

For the three modules students can expect to watch a number of video lectures and engage in language-learning exercises. There will be online tests and quizzes, the Cerego learning app and written assignments. You will also have access to a number of books and reading resources through the BibleMesh platform.

The CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points system is recognised by Union, and most other UK Higher Education institutions, as a method of quantifying credit within academic programmes, functioning as something of a common currency. According to this system, one UK credit point equates to ten notional hours of study. For American students, please note that there is no exact correspondence between the UK and the US system. Credit hours are based on the time spent in class each week over a semester and our system is based on the total hours of study to be undertaken in a module or programme. Conversion between credit hours and UK credit points is not straightforward but, as a rough and inexact rule of thumb, for American students: 10 CATS credit points broadly are equivalent to 3 US credit hours; and 20 CATS credit points broadly are equivalent to 5 US credit hours. Credit points convert to European academic credits (ECTS) as follows: 10 CATS credit points are equal to 5 ECTS credits; and 20 CATS credit points are equal to10 ECTS credits.

The course can be completed between one to three years.

While you study with us, you will be well supported by the programme team with a wide variety of additional one-to-one support. Every student is assigned a personal tutor who will: Guide you through the matriculation process and the course schedule Help you become a confident, active member of the online learning community Help you with any concerns or problems that might affect your studies Students access materials, discussion forums and a range of learning tools via the Virtual Learning Environment. Our platform is designed to be easy to use and we incorporate familiarisation training into the programme induction. Tech support will be via BibleMesh. You will also be able to take advantage of digital library access to the e-books in Union’s Gamble Library.

Please email our programme administrator at research@union.ac.uk who will be happy to try to help you.

Interested in this course?

If you require any further information or advice about this course, please get in touch.