High academic standards are achieved by delivering a well-structured doctoral programme in collaborative partnership with the Faculty of Religion and Theology at the Vrije Universiteit (VU-FRT). An integral part of the doctoral programme is the Post Graduate Certificate in Research which is recognised by VU-FRT for 30 ECS. The PGCert also accredited by the European Council for Theological Education (ECTE) at level 7.
IBTS has obtained institutional accreditation from the European Council for Theological Education (ECTE) as an alternative provider of higher education in 2018 together with programme accreditation for the Post Graduate Certificate in Theological Research. ECTE accreditation of alternative providers of higher education indicates that the learning opportunities offered by IBTS are compliant with the European Standards and Guidelines for higher education and attests to the level of the learning opportunities according to the EQF.