Post-Ordination Training & Study

DipHE, BA (Hons), GDip and MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission

  1. About the course

    This programme is for newly ordained deacons and priests in the Church of England during their curacy, and is offered in partnership with a number of Anglican dioceses in the South East. The programme allows curates to gain a further qualification in Theology, Mission, and Ministry, accredited by the University of Durham as part of the Church of England’s Common Awards. Those who gained a DipHE qualification during their pre-ordination training (‘Phase 1’) can continue to complete the full BA (Hons) during their curacy (‘Phase 2’). Similarly, students who gained a BA (or GDip), can proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) – and some may be able to complete the full MA in the fourth year of their curacy. These options are available to students who trained at a different theological college prior to ordination, as well as those who studied at St Augustine’s from the start.

    The programme involves you in theological learning that:

    • unites biblical witness and the traditions of faith with contemporary life;
    • insists on contextual reflection, enabling us to discern God’s call in the times and places of our work;
    • fosters a personal formation that engages your prayer and deepens your trust in God’s love, strengthening you to minister that love to others.
  2. Who is it for?

    The programme is only for those who completed their pre-ordination training (Phase 1), and are ordained deacon in the Church of England. Furthermore, the programme is currently offered in partnership with the dioceses of Chichester, Rochester and Canterbury only. Therefore, at the moment only curates in the dioceses of Chichester, Rochester and Canterbury can follow this course.

    If you are a curate from another diocese, you are still able to enrol at St Augustine’s to continue your theological studies independently during your curacy (e.g. for an MA), provided your diocese allows you to do so. Similarly, if you are a minister from a different denomination, you can enrol independently for an advanced programme of theological study. See below under ‘Continuing Ministerial Education’ – or look up Independent Study at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

  3. Qualifications available

    • BA (Hons) in Theology, Ministry, and Mission
    • Graduate Diploma (GDip) in Theology, Ministry and Mission
    • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Theology, Ministry, and Mission
    • MA in Theology, Ministry, and Mission
  4. How long will it take?

    The standard length of the curacy (Phase 2) programme is three years, for both undergraduate students (BA and GDip) and postgraduate students (PGDip). Postgraduate students sponsored by their diocese to complete the full MA will write a dissertation in the fourth year.

  5. What does the programme look like?

    The programme is delivered at various locations within your diocese. During some teaching days you will be joined by curates from the other dioceses. Please contact your diocese for further information about the shape of the year.

  6. What will I study?

    You will take two modules in each year of their programme, in a variety of subjects such as Mission and Evangelism, Spirituality and Ministry, Law, and Leadership and Collaboration. Most modules are designed specifically for curacy training, aiming to foster skills and habits in reflective practice with regard to the specific roles and responsibilities that come with curacy.

    The following modules are currently offered (most of these are taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level):

    • Reflective Practice: Inhabiting Public Ministry
    • Reflective Practice: Spirituality and Ministry
    • Reflective Practice: Mission and Evangelism
    • Reflective Practice: Law and the Public Minister
    • Reflective Practice: Leadership and Collaboration
    • Independent Learning Project (BA only)
    • Research Methods for Practical Theology (GDip only)
    • Research and Reflection: Resources and Methods (PGDip and MA only)
    • Dissertation in Theology, Ministry and Mission (MA only)
  7. Continuing Ministerial Development

    Following completion of their curacy (or equivalent), ordained ministers are often encouraged by their diocese or church to continue their process of learning, for example through a formal programme of study. This is also referred to as ‘Continuing Ministerial Development’ (CMD), and often dioceses or churches are able to provide funding to cover (part of) the costs.

    St Augustine’s programmes of independent study provide excellent opportunities for such continuing learning and development. Our MA programme, especially, enables experienced ministers to build on their previous theological studies, its flexible structure allowing them to pursue specific research interests as they arise from their ongoing ministerial experience. For further information, look up Independent Study at undergraduate or postgraduate level.