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Highland Theological College UHI

Country: Great Britain

City: Dingwall


Type of school: Public Universities


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Community of faith


What is special about HTC?


HTC is an evangelical and non-denominational theological college in the Reformed tradition.


HTC is at the same time both an independent college run by its own Board and one of thirteen colleges and research institutions which together make up the University of the Highlands and Islands. This enables HTC to retain its strongly evangelical, Reformed ethos within the university sector giving HTC a unique opportunity to impact on the training of ministers from a number of denominations.


Community of faith


HTC is evangelical and Reformed in its constitution and teaching and has the Westminster Confession of Faith as its subordinate standard.


The Basis of Faith of the company [Highland Theological College Ltd] and of the members is as follows:


Believing that there is but one only, the living and true God, and that there are three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and that these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory and with solemn awareness of accountability to him in all that we feel, think, say and do, we engage in and subscribe to this declaration:


All Scripture is self-attesting and being truth requires the human mind wholeheartedly to subject itself in all its activities to the authority of Scripture complete as the Word of God standing written in the sixty-six books of the Holy Bible, all therein being verbally inspired by Almighty God and therefore without error;
Reformed Theology set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms is the system of doctrine taught in Scripture and, therefore, is to be learned, taught and proclaimed for the edification and government of Christian people, for the propagation of the faith and for the evangelisation of the world by the power of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Mission statement


Highland Theological College UHI exists to provide opportunities for men and women to study the Christian faith, on a full-time, part-time or open learning basis, from an evangelical and Reformed perspective, in the context of a worshiping community.


The College is committed to high academic standards of teaching and learning in its Access, undergraduate and postgraduate level courses. Through its staff and students, the College seeks to make a contribution to biblical and theological scholarship.


The College also seeks to serve the churches of the Highlands and Islands by responding to requests for training and education.


In addition to its core business of providing theological education and training, the College also seeks to serve the wider community by facilitating other educational opportunities, both in its capacity as an Academic Partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands and in partnership with other agencies.


Above all, our intention is to glorify the one God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit and who has chosen to make himself known to us.


Faqs & Facts


University AND evangelical!

HTC is an evangelical and non-denominational theological college in the Reformed tradition.


HTC is at the same time both an independent college run by its own Board AND one of thirteen colleges and research institutions which together make up the University of the Highlands and Islands. This enables HTC to retain its strongly evangelical, Reformed ethos within the university sector giving HTC a unique opportunity to impact on the training of ministers from a number of denominations.


HTC is a clear choice for anyone wishing to study theology in the rigorous academic environment of a university, whilst at the same time being confident that their lecturers are believing Christians who are committed to the spiritual, as well as academic, growth of their students.


Student profile


Students of all ages and backgrounds study at HTC. Our youngest students are in their teens; our oldest was in his nineties! Students come from all backgrounds. Many would not consider themselves ‘academic’ but they come in answer to the calling that the Lord is placing on them to help studentserve Him. These students often surprise themselves in how well they cope academically, even if they left school a long time ago with nothing more than their empty packed-lunch box! Others have already had a taste of university life and are graduates in other academic disciplines. Others are simply interested in theology and are gradually working their way through the course, a module at a time, fitting their studies in around family life, church life, job, etc..!


Class sizes vary depending on the module and the level. Numbers may be around 30 students per class at first-year level but only a handful per class at honours level.




Distance learning is more convenient for some students than having to attend campus. Most of our students are based at home rather than at our Dingwall campus. We’ve got students throughout the UK and some overseas too. Those students who are able to be based on-campus can enjoy the feel of ‘university life’ and friendships formed can last a lifetime.

Got a 9-5 job? The virtual learning environment will help you catch up with your studies at a time that suits you!


Fees & scholarships


Fees are set at a very competitive level and can be found amongst the details for the course you’re interested in. Many students are entitled to funding which covers the cost of their fees. Scholarships are available – check whether you may be eligible. Our Finance Officer is on hand to give advice.


Ministry training


Graduates of HTC are in ministry in many denominations. Candidates training for Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Ordained Local Ministry (OLM) or Lay Readership should contact the denomination as well as the HTC Registry Officer for advice regarding academic requirements.


Is theology the only subject I can study at HTC?


As part of the UHI network HTC offers a range of network courses including joint honours degrees, for example History and Theology. See our course list for details. For students following the BA (Hons) Theological Studies programme, elective modules in non-theology subjects may be available.


Are there any non-Christians?


Almost all of HTC’s theology students are Christians and for them an important aspect of their time of study is the deepening and strengthening of their personal faith in Christ. Many denominations are represented by the student and staff body, including the Presbyterian, Congregational, Baptist, Anglican and Charismatic churches.


Occasionally a student who is not a Christian comes to HTC to study theology just as an academic discipline. Many of the local students who use the HTC campus to access UHI networked courses (other than theology) are not Christians. There is no obligation on students to attend worship.

Our Courses


Access Course in Christian Theology


What is special about this course?


This course is for anyone who wants to study the Christian faith, either for interest only or as an entry route in to studying Theology at degree level.

It is also a popular course for those wishing to study the Christian faith prior to degree studies in another discipline.

This course is run in association with Moray College UHI.


Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required for entrance into the course. This makes it a popular course for those wishing to study Theology as a leisure class. Also it is particularly suitable for those who do not yet have the necessary qualifications for commencing studies at degree level.


Please contact the registry officer for an application form. or telephone +441349 780000.


Theological Studies Ba (Hons)


What is special about this course?


If you are considering a career in Christian ministry, you will be warmly welcomed into Highland Theological College UHI the university's community of faith and scholarship where you will read a wide range of theology across all the main traditions, although the college itself is non-denominational and stands in the evangelical and Reformed tradition.

The BA (Hons) Theological Studies is recognised by the Associated Presbyterian Churches, the Church of Scotland, the United Free Church of Scotland and other denominations as a training provider.


Special features

  • You can study at Highland Theological College UHI's main campus in Dingwall or new base in Glasgow, or at another university campus. Alternatively you can access lectures and course materials from home.
  • The ideal course for prospective ministers, religious workers, OLMs, readers, missionaries and religious workers.
  • Highland Theological College UHI has a hugely impressive library of 60,000 volumes.
  • A work placement is available in year three which will enable you to relate the theoretical knowledge you have acquired to real life situations.
  • It is possible to include modules from other UHI degrees, or even take a joint degree.
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances.
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, and exit at the end of each of the levels with a recognised qualification

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • Other vocational and professional qualification will be considered.
  • Access routes
  • Access to Christian Theology at Highland Theological College UHI.


Apply For Theological Studies Ba (Hons) - Start In Aug/Sep 2016 Or Jan/Feb 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page


We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.


Postgraduate Research Degrees Mphil / Phd


What is special about this course?


Highland Theological College UHI has been supervising postgraduate students for a number of years. Since 2004, through our memorandum of agreement with UHI (of which HTC is a constituent Academic Partner), HTC has been registering all of our MPhil/PhD students with the University of Aberdeen.


Prospective students should, in the first instance, send a letter or email ( expressing an interest in postgraduate study. This should be accompanied by a full cv (resumé), together with a 500 word outline of the proposed area of study.


Depending upon the total number of postgraduate student places and the availability of suitably qualified supervisors for the proposed topic, students will then be sent the appropriate application form, together with the prospectus and other relevant documentation.


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College life


Whether you study on-campus or at another venue, as an HTC student you will be part of ‘a community of faith and scholarship’. You will meet new people and form friendships which will last a lifetime. As well as classes and private study time there are opportunities to worship with others in the college community.


Campus-based students will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the common room for chat and sometimes a bit of impromptu music. It’s also the scene of many a lively debate after a thought-provoking lecture!


The college is right in the town centre. You will soon get to know the locals and it’s nice to meet fellow students when you pop out at lunch time to pick up a newspaper or visit a local café.


At the end of your studies your family and friends will feel proud to attend your graduation ceremony.


HTC campus


HTC is a small college which specialises in theology courses, but also acts as a base for students who wish to study other UHI networked programmes. The facilities are ideally suited to the training of theology students. Classes have a low student:lecturer ratio enabling more individual attention and an enhanced learning experience. The classrooms are well equipped with up-to-the-minute video-conferencing facilities. There is excellent IT and wireless provision throughout the campus with plenty of access to computers for students who do not bring their own to college.


The library contains several special collections including the Rutherford House library, the William Temple collection from the Rylands library and Migne’s Patrologia from the Fort Augustus Abbey library. A vast array of electronic resources adds to the traditional book provision. Wireless connectivity, individual study carrels and lots of natural light make the library a pleasant area in which to study.


A relaxing student common room is well equipped with fridge, microwave and other facilities for eating as well as comfortable seating areas.


The conference room is used as a chapel area for regular worship and missions services. students in gardenStudents, staff and any visitors on campus are welcome to attend these services.


The college buildings are surrounded by their own beautiful garden grounds where picnics can be enjoyed on sunny days. On-site parking is available to the rear.


We do not have student residences but can provide helpful contact details for students to find suitable accommodation locally.


Dingwall has lots of open green spaces for sports and leisure activities. Victoria Park stadium (home to Ross County Football Club) is about five minutes walk from the college; another five minutes takes you to the beach. A leisure centre with swimming pool is also nearby. Other facilities normally expected in a busy town centre are also conveniently located: shops, cafes, doctor/dentist/optician, garage, police station, etc. The primary and secondary schools have an excellent reputation.


Outwith Dingwall itself, you don’t need to travel far to be in some of the most stunning countryside of the Highlands but if it’s urban facilities you desire Inverness is only 15 minutes drive away.

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Highland Theological College UHI

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t: +44 (0)1349 780000

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