Independent Students

As an independent student (a student who is not being sponsored by their church on a programme leading to ordination or Licensed Lay Ministry) studying theology on one of our Theology for Disciples programmes, you are responsible for paying your fees yourself. This applies whether you are joining one of our theology modules as a taster module or signing up for a full year’s course.

Your fees for your course are normally payable before you begin your theology studies, and we will tell you how to pay them once your application has been accepted.

If you are taking a full year’s course it may be possible for you to pay your fees in instalments.

Ordinands and Readers in Training (Licensed Lay Ministry training)

If you are accepted as an Ordinand or on the Licensed Lay Ministry programme, your tuition fees will be paid directly to St Augustine’s College of Theology by your sponsoring church. This will cover all your training, teaching sessions and attendance at residential schools.

You should also consider the cost of travel to and from your home to your place of study, and the costs of text books and other study materials. Ordinands may claim reimbursement of travel costs from Ministry Division. Ministry Division also provides a small book grant.

Sometimes, as part of your discernment process, your DDO may recommend that you join our taster module (usually Introduction to Biblical Studies) before being accepted for training to become an ordained minister. If this is recommended for you, you will join the taster module as an independent student, and will need to pay the course fee yourself (though you may be able to get up to 50% of the course fees paid by our bursary fund – see below). If you are then accepted as an ordinand, and continue on the ordination pathway, your future fees will be paid by your sponsoring church.

Full-time (per year)Part-time (per year)
Independent students (Bursaries available – See here for details)

See here for outside organisations giving charity grants for Christian Education.

HE Certificate/HE Diploma/BA(Hons) in Theology, Ministry and Mission.

(normally 3 years, full-time to achieve the BA)
(normally 6 years, part-time to achieve the BA)
Taster module (Introduction to Biblical Studies) without university accreditation, and so not credited toward a formal qualification.N/A£250 per module
One off modules (uncredited)N/A£500 per module
MA in Theology£5,600£2,900
Biblical languages£300 (free to students)

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