Graduate Certificate and Diploma (GCert & GDip) in Theology, Ministry and Mission

The GCert and GDip in Theology, Ministry and Mission are specially tailored graduate theology programmes of theological learning and research that allows lay and ordained ministers, as well as church members, to deepen their theological knowledge, engaging with daily life and ongoing experience of the Body of Christ.

Accredited and awarded by Durham University, these graduate theology programmes includes offers opportunities to develop advanced skills as part of your continuing ministerial development. The degree can be taken part-time or full-time. Much of the teaching is delivered alongside candidates for church ministry, but the programme is suitable for all, irrespective of any ministerial involvement.

Who is it for?

The course is designed for lay and ordained ministers, or church members, who wish to deepen their theological knowledge, often (but not always) building on previous theological learning. The GCert and GDip programmes are designed to allow graduates to engage with theological study at graduate level, typically as preparation for theological study and research at postgraduate level (e.g., MA). In addition, these graduate theology programmes may be used by theology graduates, or those holding other qualifications in theology and related areas (e.g., ordained ministers), who wish to re-engage with theological study. Some students undertake this programme as and end in itself, in order to enrich their theological learning, while others use this as preparation for postgraduate study and research.

The programme provides opportunities to relate academic learning to contemporary church life, but you need not have any particular role or experience within the church.

Qualifications available

  • Graduate Certificate (GCert) in Theology, Ministry and Mission – 60 credits at Level 6
  • Graduate Diploma (GDip) in Theology, Ministry and Mission – 120 credits at level 6

The GCert is effectively the first half of the Graduate Diploma of Philosophy (GDip). Both involve study at Level 6 (which may include some study at Level 5), which is equivalent to the level of the final year of a full-time degree.

The Graduate Diploma of Philosophy (GDip) can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis, the GCert on a part-time basis only. The GCert takes one year of part-time study; the GDip two years of part-time study, or one year of full-time study.

You can study a selection of modules in the following areas: Biblical Studies, Church History, Christian Doctrine, Spirituality and Reflective Practice. You will also have the option of undertaking an Independent Learning Project or, in the case of the GDip, a longer Dissertation.

Most Graduate students study on a part-time basis, taking one module per term in the above subject areas (and attending weekly evening classes or fortnightly teaching days). Those taking the GDip programme on a full-time basis, however, will take two modules each term (attending two sets of teaching sessions). Full-time students also attend additional weekly Texts and Themes’ seminars in the first two terms designed to help them to integrate their learning in the various subject areas.

A module typically involves two written assignments. Full-time study requires at least twenty hours of study per week, outside class time. Part-time study requires at least ten hours of study per week, outside class time.

Modules are offered either on weekday Monday evenings at Trinity House (Southwark) or on fortnightly Friday day sessions at Malling Abbey, West Malling (Kent).

Please view next year’s Academic Calendar.

What will I study?

GCert students take three of the following modules, whereas GDip students take six (or five, in case they choose to do a longer Dissertation or Extended Project). The selection of modules depends on your interest and/or availability (not all modules are necessarily offered each year).

  • Christian Doctrine in Focus
  • The Bible and Christian Faith
  • Church History in Focus
  • Further Reflective Practice in Context – compulsory for GDip students
  • Independent Learning Project
  • Dissertation in Theology, Ministry and Mission
  • Extended Project in Theology, Ministry and Mission

You can find more detailed descriptions of these (and other) Level 6 modules here.

You can also take a certain amount of lower-level modules (typically Level 5) as part of the GCert and GDip – 20 credits for the GCert, and 40 credits for the GDip. For more detailed descriptions of Level 5 modules here.