Belfast Bible College

A vibrant and diverse Christian community, where staff and students live and learn together as they seek to grow as disciples and serve God with their lives.

Belfast Bible College (affectionately known by us as BBC) is a leading, and one of the largest and longest established Bible Colleges in the UK.

Set in the village of Dunmurry midway between the cities of Belfast & Lisburn in Northern Ireland, the tranquil campus in a rural setting is 5 minutes’ walk from bus or train links, and 30 minutes from 2 airports making accessibility very easy.

Why study at BBC?

Students would say that several aspects of BBC life makes it a unique place.

Different courses to study – Since when does one size fit all? Our desire is to help each student realise their vision and calling by tailoring courses to suit their individual needs. Whether you feel a calling to cross–cultural ministry, youth ministry, or simply more effective ministry where you are – we’re committed to working with you to find a pathway which will ensure that you are prepared. We have a wide range of full and part–time study options, whatever your areas of interest or the amount of time you have available. (Information below on the range of courses)

Different places – This year international students make up more than 25% of the student body, coming to us from 28 countries representing Europe (East & West), Africa, South America, North America, Asia, and India). Over our 70 year history, the college has attracted students from over 80 countries, and graduates are now serving in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Different churches (we are a non-denominational college). Students and staff come from a wide range of churches and fellowships, both the established, the Pentecostal, and the Emerging churches. At college we respect each other’s backgrounds which gives a rich tapestry to our worship!

Different callings – Students leave us to go into mission (home and overseas), ministry (in church and community), or secular workplace as salt and light, witnessing to their faith, be that as a doctor, lawyer, civil engineer, teacher, nursery assistant, housewife, or community worker. All students leave us united by a love for God and His people, and wanting to serve Him wherever, and in whatever they are called to be and do.

Yet in this diversity, we share one purpose.

Belfast Bible College is called to be a welcoming community in which God works to form His people by integrating spiritual, academic and practical education rooted in His Word, for growth in Christian life and service, locally and around the World.

Belfast Bible College is a unique learning environment where study, discipleship, personal transformation and practical application go hand in hand. This three-stranded approach is crucial to all that we do at BBC. We are unashamedly in the business of challenging men and women to be “not merely hearers of the Word, but doers also.” (James 1.22)

Student Committee:  Each year students have the opportunity to elect a Committee from among their peers. The Community Life Team works closely with the Committee to support them in planning and facilitating a programme of social events, worship and prayer evenings, as well as the College formal at the end of the academic year.

Learning through Study

Study is at the heart of BBC. We are wholly committed to the Bible as God’s Word, and the Gospel it declares. Our desire for our students is that they would understand God’s Word more deeply, in order that they may apply it more lovingly and powerfully in today’s world.

Growing in Discipleship

We recognise that having more knowledge about God is not an end in itself. Rather, this increased knowledge should lead to personal growth and transformation, resulting in a greater love for God and His world.

Training by Doing

We believe the Christian servant should care about professional competence, regardless of the context in which they will eventually work and minister. We are a practical training college, where your ministry skills will be honed and tested though many placement opportunities.

Study Options

You can use our interactive course finder to find out which options might be open to you. For further information, please get in touch, and we will be happy to guide you to the most appropriate course of study. (Details below)

Queens University Belfast (QUB)

Undergraduate Courses


BBC is a Constituent College of the Institute of Theology of Queens – that is students are enrol as QUB students but study at BBC with courses of the highest academic calibre as you would expect from a Russell Group university. This year again BBC students have won prizes as outstanding students in the 3 year Batchelor courses, and 20% receiving a First Class Honours, 50% a 2.1, and 30% a 2.2. QUB students may also gain a “Degree Plus Award” which, through recognising additional skills gained through extra-curricular activities, enhances employment opportunities

Postgraduate Courses

With the Masters (MTh) options, many students gain a Merit or distinction, and PhD students have their work published.

University of Cumbria (UoC)

A one year Certificate in Higher Education, 2 year Diploma in Higher Education or the 3 year BA (Hons) in Theology is offered in partnership with the University of Cumbria. These programmes are ideally suited to those who are looking for a Theology Degree which blends biblical and theological education with a practical ministry focus rooted in the purpose and values of BBC, and are designed to develop skills, knowledge, and attitude necessary to live a life of faith in the contemporary world. Graduates regularly achieve excellent results -59% gaining a 2.1 or above.

BBC Courses

A range of bespoke courses are available to those not seeking a degree, but good quality, Bible based teaching. For further details contact our Enquiries office.


Paying for your course

We realise that deciding to come to Belfast Bible College may well have a significant financial impact, whether you are coming as an individual, couple or family; from Northern Ireland, the UK or further afield. Our fees are much lower than many UK and European colleges, and the normal “Student Loans” are available. Additional help may also be available – details on our website.

What next?

Why not pay us a visit – there are over 20 flights to Belfast from the main UK airports each day, and nothing is better than experiencing a “day at BBC” meeting students, staff, experiencing a lecture, the wonderful catering, a “Community life” event, and enjoying the facilities.

For further information, or to arrange a visit, contact us at , visit our website, or telephone (028) 9030155

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