Equip, in partnership with the Malaysia Bible Seminary (MBS), provides opportunities for students to study modules on the Bible, theology and church history through the Equip-MBS Certificate in Theology.

About The Course

The materials used for the Certificate in Theology are part of a well established distance learning course from Moore College in Sydney that is used throughout the world. The course is designed to be flexible, allowing students to study individually or in a group and at their own pace, sitting for an exam at the end of the term which is credited towards their certificate. Equip recommends study in groups and provides groups and teachers to help you get the most out of the course.



Course Structure

To fulfil the requirements of the certificate you will do 6 modules each in the Preliminary Level, Intermediate Level and Advanced Level. After 6 modules at the Preliminary Level, you will get a Preliminary Certificate in Theology. After completing any other 6 you will get in Intermediate Certificate in Theology and after completing another 6 you will get the Certificate in Theology.

A full list of modules with explanations is available to view. Students must register for ‘Bible Overview’ before proceeding to other modules.

Please note that not all modules are on offer each term.



Course Study

Every student has their own learning style. Equip seeks to support students through the following methods:

Taught classes: These are available for one module from Preliminary level and Intermediate level during terms 1, 2 and 3 of the year. Please note that students are not permitted to audit classes.

Self-study: Students undertaking independent study for an offered module will be assigned a mentor they can contact if they have any queries.

We recommend that full-time students and employed individuals should only take one module per term. Please contact the course administrators if you would like to register for more than one module per term.



Who Can Do The Course?

Anyone who wishes to study and understand God’s word better.



Academic Requirements

There are no prior academic requirements however students should be aware that the course is roughly of 'A' level standard and proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

Students should be prepared to spend about five hours each week studying the subject.

It is recommended that students spend approximately five hours a week per module (including two hours class time).

If you have any concerns over your ability to undertake a module please do contact us for more information on additional study support.



Term Dates

Term 1 - February to May
Term 2 - June to August
Term 3 - September to November
Term 4 - December to February



Cost (per module)

Standard rate - RM160
(Includes pensioners, unemployed, full-time students)
- RM110
(applicable if you've previously registered for the module.
Please note that you will not receive a textbook.)
- RM110

Full-time Christian workers and those undergoing financial difficulty should contact us for information on further concessions or scholarships. For scholarships please download and fill in the scholarship form before contacting us.



Please find below a list of modules required for each level of the Equip-MBS Certificate in Theology. Every term, Equip offers Bible overview and at least one other module from each level. For a detailed explanation and breakdown of each module please visit the Moore College External Studies website.

Preliminary Level

1. Bible Overview/Introduction to the Bible: An overview of the entire Bible, plus helpful hints on how to understand its main themes.

2. New Testament 1: Exploring God’s purposes in sending Christ. Getting to know Jesus through Mark’s Gospel.

3. Old Testament 1: What do the first five books of the Old Testament teach about God and his purposes? What holds them together theologically?

4. Doctrine 1: Exploring the Bible’s teaching about God – how we get to know him, what he is like, what he has done for us.

5. Ephesians: A big picture with cosmic dimensions of God and his world. It shows how God wants us to live.


Preliminary or Intermediate

(these subjects can be considered either Preliminary or Intermediate)

6. Promise to Fulfilment: Interpreting the Bible using a method grounded in biblical theology.

7 Prayer Book: An historical and theological exploration of how and why Anglicans have met together. 

8 Christian Worship: What is the biblical meaning of worship? How will that meaning be expressed?


Intermediate Level

7. Old Testament 2: Considering the former prophets from Joshua to 2 Kings.

8. New Testament 2: Tracing how the risen and ascended Christ continues to achieve his gospel purposes through the events of the book of Acts.

9. Doctrine 2: Who is Jesus Christ? What is the nature of sin? How did Christ’s death deal with sin?

10. Romans: This study opens up the central truths of the Gospel. The book of Romans has changed many lives – some of which have changed history!


Intermediate or Advanced

(these subjects can be considered either Intermediate or Advanced)

11.1 Early Church History: A look at the life of the church (its struggles, persecution and consolidation) through the first five centuries AD.

11.2 Reformation Church History: The Reformation was the time when the Gospel was rediscovered. Learn how Christians found the freedom Christ brings.

11.3  Christian Ethics: What is the nature of ethics and morality? How do we develop a Christian ethic?


Advanced Level

13. Old Testament 3: This unit considers the Latter Prophets with a special focus on the book of Isaiah.

14. New Testament 3: How did Paul minister? Take a journey through Paul’s letters to find out.

15. Doctrine 3: This unit explores the nature and purpose of the church. 

16 Old Testament 4: The focus of this unit is on the writings’ with a particular look at the nature of wisdom literature in the Old Testament.

17 Gospel and Epistles of John: How do John’s gospel and his epistles testify to the life and work of Jesus?

18 New Testament 4: An overview of the non-Pauline letters with a special focus on Hebrews and Revelation.

19 Historical Theology 1: This unit considers significant church leaders and their contribution to the development of doctrinal understanding from the first to the twelfth century.

20 Apologetics: How do we answer people’s questions about Christianity? This unit presents guidelines on how to develop a reasoned biblical approach.

21 Historical Theology 2: This unit considers significant church leaders and their contribution to the development of doctrinal understanding from the thirteenth to the twentieth century.