Sunday, June 21, 2015

End of Year Two

Last assignment submitted on Moodle

It's all downhill from here.

This time last year, I posted about having just submitted my final assignment for the second semester of the first year of my Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degree at Laidlaw College. Well, yesterday I just submitted my final assignment for the second semester of my second year. Yippee, another year over!

Each year consists of two semesters of four courses (or papers), each of which is made up of fifteen credits. The degree requirement is three-hundred and sixty credits, so a regular BTh should take three years of full-time study. In my case, though, I took one fifteen credit course by distance learning (online) during the break last summer (Nov-Feb) and I was awarded thirty credits for my self-study in Greek. This means that, instead of having two full semesters left to go (or another full year), I've only got five papers left; four of which I'll do next semester (Jul-Nov). The last one will be another Summer Semester DL from Nov '16 to Feb '17. So, time-wise, I'll be finishing my degree a full semester early.

This means that I'll be able to start my twelve month-long Master of Theology (MTh) degree a full semester early, too.

Although, wonderfully enough, even that looks like it might not transpire in typical fashion. You see, Laidlaw's senior lecturer in the New Testament, Dr Mark Keown, told me that, if I do as well in the required postgraduate research class as I've already done in his undergraduate classes, he would happily support my application for an upgrade from Masters to doctorate--something I hadn't even thought of doing! Needless to say, I was flattered and delighted with his suggestion. So, the Lord willing, this time next year I should be posting about starting the thesis for my Doctor of Theology (DTh) degree!

Isn't God amazing?

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