Postgraduate Diploma Theology

Programme information


Our newly revalidated postgraduate programmes offer a broader range of option modules, especially in the areas of doctrine, church history and practical ministry, along with modules which are designed to integrate theological disciplines.


Full time students are expected to be in College five days a week, from Monday to Friday, and are required to attend all classes, fellowship group meetings and to meet faithfully all College requirements as regards placements. Chapel takes place every weekday in the middle of the day and full time students are expected to attend every day. There are no module classes on Wednesdays. We encourage students to treat being a full time student in the same way as having a full time job.


Part time students are required to attend all their classes and are expected to attend Chapel on the days that they are in College. Chapel takes place every weekday in the middle of the day.


Summer Intensives

At Levels 4-6, the College aims to offer some of its option modules through a rolling programme of Summer Intensives. However, modules are not available in intensive format at Level 7: as such, while a part-time PGDip student may choose to audit modules in intensive format during the intervening summer (up to the value of 20 credits), these will necessarily be at Levels 4, 5 or 6 and will not contribute to the classification of their PGDip. 

The one exception to this concerns Ordinands who are studying the PGDip for the purposes of ordination training: in addition to 120 credits at Level 7, such students are required to take a selection of modules at Level 5 which will provide specific Anglican training and to supplement this with other modules up to an additional 100 credits at Levels 4-7 (resulting in 240 credits in total over two years). Such students may credit modules in intensive format during the intervening summer period and count these as part of their overall 240-credit total although, again, such modules will not contribute to the classification of their PGDip. 



Students are permitted to audit individual modules (i.e. to study, but not for credit) alongside the compulsory and option modules that they are studying for credit as part of their programme. Postgraduate students (including students on the PGDip) may audit at no extra charge up to two additional modules, regardless of credit rating or level, over the duration of their programme, i.e. this would normally mean two modules in one year for full-time students and one module per year for part-time students. Any modules taken for audit above the limit of two will be charged at the internal auditing rate. For postgraduate students, auditing modules is subject to the approval of their Personal Tutor or the Director of Postgraduate Studies, as appropriate.



PGDip students normally do not complete placements. However, Church of England ordinands taking the PGDip are required to complete placements.

Some of your training goals for ministry will be pursued in your placement which will also provide opportunities to develop some of the skills you are learning elsewhere in the curriculum. It will keep you focussed on ministry in the real world and provides opportunities for some great adventures discovering the riches of church life. It is College's responsibility to allocate placements,   

Ordinands are required to complete two years of a weekly church placement (MP1.7 and MP2.7).

For more details see below.

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