Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • The College will only consider applications from students who will be 18 by the time they enrol.
  • Aptitude for study appropriate to the level of the qualification applied for (see below for further details with respect to each programme).
  • Language aptitude according to University (or equivalent) policy if English is not the first language.  See the Learning and Teaching Handbook : Section 1.3: University Guidelines on the English Language Proficiency of Candidates - Durham University.
  • International students would need to acquire a Visa for the entirety of the course before applying, as we are unable to offer sponsorship.
  • Students need to be proficient computer and internet users to study on our programmes

Additional Criteria for Undergraduate Students

  • Undergraduates will normally have three A Levels (grade C or above) or equivalent for direct entry on to a BA, two for entry onto a Diploma and one for entry on to a Certificate (see below for possible exceptions).
  • For the Graduate Diploma, because the programme takes place alongside students taking the final year of their BA in Theology, Ministry and Mission, the College is responsible for ensuring that successful applicants can demonstrate sufficient prior aptitude for theological study such that they will not be disadvantaged by entering study at St Mellitus College at this level. Applicants must normally have an Upper Second class Honours Degree or a Diploma (HE) in Theology with a substantial proportion of their graded credit at Merit/Upper Second level. However, especially for mature students, prior professional experience will be taken into account as well as educational qualifications.

Additional Criteria for MA Students

  • Submission of a degree level academic paper no less than 2,000 words as part of the application process.
  • A 2.1 degree is normally required for direct entry to any MA (see below for possible exceptions).
  • For the MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission, the BA should be in Theology or an equivalent subject (such as Religious Studies) and have contained substantial study of Theology up to level 6.
  • Applicants with a Graduate Diploma in Theology or an equivalent subject will be considered, and the College will look to satisfy itself at interview as to whether the candidate has adequate preparation and grounding for study at MA level.
  • Consideration will also be given to the agreed number of students for the academic year. At present this is 20 per centre per programme per year. Please note that this means that places will not simply be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. In many cases, students will be invited to join a waiting list, and final decisions will be made on the basis of the aptitude of students for the programme relative to one another, based on the criteria set out above. Final decisions will be communicated to students by 31 July.

Additional Criteria for Ordinands

  • Recommendation for training from a Church of England Bishops’ Advisory Panel or equivalent from an overseas church (with agreement from a Church of England Bishop) or other UK denomination.
  • Sympathy with the College’s commitment to a ‘Generous Orthodoxy’.

Additional Criteria for LLMs

  • Recommendation from the appropriate diocesan advisory process to train as a Licensed Lay Minister.


  • Where the requirements for aptitude for study appropriate to the level of the qualification applied for are not met, the College may at its discretion choose to offer places to students who can evidence: 

          – having passed the educational criteria associated with the Bishop’s Advisory Panel.
          – equivalent academic potential, normally after the satisfactory completion of an academic admissions test,
           such as the submission of a book review (usually 1000 words).

If there is any doubt about the candidate’s aptitude for study at the desired level, as noted above, the College may offer the candidate the chance to commence on a lower award.