Award Options

We offer both undergraduate and postgraduate awards.

The choice depends on prior theological learning, the type of ministry students are  training for, and the time allotted for study. Student and the sponsoring church discuss and agree the option however postgraduate awards require a previous degree in theology.

Those training for Licensed Lay Ministry normally take the three-year part-time DipHE.

Undergraduate Awards


  • Certificate in Higher Education (CertHE) – this is equivalent to the first 18 months of a degree course, and is taken by more mature students training for Associate Ordained Ministry over two years part time.
  • Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) – this is equivalent to the first two years of a degree course, and is taken over three years part time or two years full time. Students with some previous theological training can sometimes be given credit for that learning by Common Awards, and with the agreement of the sponsoring church complete this pathway in two years part time. This covers all required for students training for Incumbent status ministry.
  • BA (Hons) – this is taken over three years full time. Students with some previous appropriate theological training can be given credit for that learning by Common Awards, and with the agreement of the sponsoring church can complete this pathway in three years part time or two years full time.

Postgraduate Awards (for those with a previous degree in theology)


  • MA – this is taken over three years part time or two years full time. Students for ordination also audit some of the undergraduate modules in order to cover all formational aspects required.
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) – this is taken over two years part time, and is the same as the MA but without a final dissertation. Students for ordination also audit some of the undergraduate modules in order to cover all formational aspects required.

Modules on the Standard Pathway


Modules cover Bible, Preaching, Doctrine, Church History, Mission, Leadership, Ethics, and Pastoral areas. Contact us for a summary description of modules on each pathway.