Why study at Roehampton

  • Flexible evening and weekend teaching, allowing you to continue with your ministry commitments.
  • Roehampton has historical roots as an institution with strong connections to the church.
  • The option to complete a further year to gain a BTh honours degree.
  • Best new university in London for research (Times Higher Education 2014 REF Results).
  • 100% overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015).

Enabling those engaged in Christian ministry to reflect theologically on their practice

This course is ideal for those who are already working in Christian ministry and mission. It gives you the opportunity to develop your intellectual and practical expertise, while continuing to work in your local church or community. You will have the opportunity to reflect theologically on your ministry practice. Local mentors provide support and supervision, and there are staff visits to your place of work.

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Foundation degree description

Foundation degrees are essentially workplace-based, practical degrees at entry level where formal learning is applied to life skills and experience. They are ideal for those who want to apply what they learn in practical ways. Foundation degrees are designed to meet the needs of those who have little or no previous academic experience but who are keen to learn new ideas and skills. Upon successful completion of the FdA, students have the option to study for a further year to gain a BTh honours degree in Ministerial Theology.

Most students will complete a foundation degree in two years; this is because the work you do in your local church or community counts towards the credits you will need to successfully complete the course.

There are also specially designed study days for evangelists, worship leaders, pastoral assistants, and preachers.

Long and short ministry placements

All students undertake a long ministry placement for the duration of the Foundation degree. This will normally be the student's home church where a local mentor will be appointed. The local mentor will be someone who knows you and your Christian ministry. In addition to your University attendance you will be expected to spend a minimum of eight hours per week term time in your long ministry placement.

Students also have a short ministry placement in another church or ministry context. These are carefully chosen in consultation with the student and the local mentor to ensure a rich and valuable experience.

Typical timetable

Teaching takes place on each Tuesday evening from 6.30pm to 9.00pm during term time and on a number of Saturdays from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Recommended reading

The recommended book for the whole programme is Croft, Steven and Roger Walton (2005), Learning for Ministry: Making the Most of Study and Training, London: Church House Publishing.

Example modules

  • Short Ministry Placements
  • Understanding the Church
  • Theology of Pastoral Ministry

Career options

Go on to work in a wide variety of Christian ministry roles in churches and parachurch organisations, or continue with postgraduate study in theology. Graduates of this course also go on to work in charities or teaching.

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Entry tariff


Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Humanities »


2 years (FdA) and 1 year (BTh)

Tuition fees

£8,150 (2016; UK/EU) »

£8,150 (2016; International) »

Programme outline

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Related courses

Theology and Religious Studies »

MA PGDip Christian Ministry »

Ministerial Theology (GD) »

Further information

Contact our Recruitment team
undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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