Graduate Diploma

Students working towards the Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission will complete one year of mid-week teaching, as well as attending two Teaching Weeks, in order to achieve 120 credits.

In this programme, students take modules in biblical studies and church history, and are enabled to use their theological learning to examine issues and themes relating to contemporary life and ministry, including human identity, the nature of sin and evil, and salvation, transformation and apologetics.

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.

There is further formal documentation about this programme which can be found via the following files: programme specificationsprogramme regulations and Durham regulations.

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  • Mission and Apologetics in Contemporary Culture
  • Further New Testament and Old Testament Text Study in Context
  • Christianity and Inter Faith Engagement
  • Further Reflective Practice in Context (placement)

Students may also select from a combination of optional modules which may include: The Arts, Culture and Christian Ministry and Mission; Church History in Focus; Christian Doctrine in Context: A Key Christian Figure (Karl Barth); and either an independent learning project or an extended dissertation. 

Written assignments comprise the majority of assessment for the Graduate Diploma, and most of these are essays, but they also include other written assessments like reflective journals and book reviews. Students also have some oral presentations.

Frequently asked questions

When are the programmes taught?

The midweek teaching takes place on Mondays, beginning with breakfast at 9.00am and worship at 9.30am. Teaching starts at 10am. Lunch is provided at 1pm and afternoon sessions run from 2 – 4pm. The day finishes by 4.30pm with tea and prayer.

Who teaches the programmes?

The course is mainly taught by our staff. In addition, we use several external speakers who are leading Theologians and Practitioners in their fields.

How much does it cost?

To find out more, please visit our Fees page.

Is this programme available for international students?

We're sorry but we're currently unable to offer sponsorship for international students, therefore you would need to acquire a visa for the entirety of the course before applying.

What are the entry requirements?

To view the entry requirements please click here.

How do I apply?

Click here to apply.