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 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.  You will need to pay a £500 deposit on application – this is refundable up to 30 September.  You are welcome to pay your fees in instalments.

See here for St Augustine’s bursaries and here for outside organisations giving charity grants for Christian Education.

Part-time 2 years
(per year)
Part-time 3 years
(per year)
Full-time 1 year
(per year)
Certificate (blended –  in person* & online options)

*this includes site fees e.g. library & study rooms
£2,900£2,000£5,800
Certificate (ONLINE only)£2,800£1,900N/A
Certificate Taster module: Introduction to Biblical Studies£250
MA Taster module£500
MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission£2,900£2,000£5,800
Diploma & BA(Hons) in Theology, Ministry and Mission£2,900£2,000£5,800
One off modules (uncredited)£500 per module
Biblical languages£150 per term (free to students)

Ordinands and 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 events.

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. If you are then accepted as an ordinand, and continue on the ordination pathway, your future fees will be paid by your sponsoring church.