- The University of Roehampton has strong and well established historical connections with the Church.
- Staff come from a varied range of ministry backgrounds and bring a ministry focus to their teaching and research.
- Out of working hours teaching (Tuesday evenings and some Saturdays), giving you space to manage your other commitments.
- Roehampton is ranked the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
Whether you are a pastor, pastoral assistant or evangelist, a worship leader or running a community group, this one-year course gives you the opportunity to develop your intellectual and practical expertise, while continuing to exercise your ministry in your local church or community.
The Graduate Diploma in Ministerial Theology is for those engaged in Christian ministry and mission, who already have an undergraduate degree in a subject other than theology, and are looking to continue onto master’s-level study.
You will join a large ministerial theology student body, ranging from foundation level to PhD, and benefit from Roehampton's historical roots as an institution with strong connections to the church.
Chapel is held regularly during term and students are encouraged to attend and participate. All of our ministry students become members of our Whitelands College, which means you will benefit from the chaplaincy facilities there.
You will undertake a long ministry placement, which will be based where you are normally engaged in ministry, structured through a number of reflective projects. All students have a local mentor who provides support and supervision, and there are liaison visits by University staff.
Teaching takes place out of working hours, giving you space to manage your other commitments.
Our staff have a wide range of research interests and expertise, but particular specialisms include African Christianity, Christian education, congregational studies, ecclesiology, Pentecostalism, New Testament and transnational churches.
- Undertake a long ministry placement, usually where you are engaged in ministry.
- Examine and evaluate models of theological reflection through case studies.
- Develop the habit of theological reflection by completing a diary, journal and e-portfolio based on your ministry placement.
- Other modules cover the theology and practice of pastoral care. You will reflect on the formation of pastoral identity, develop a theological framework to inform your pastoral ministry and cultivate practical skills.
- Investigate how different theologies have developed around the world, explore Christian doctrine through an ecumenical lens, or learn about the art and science of biblical interpretation – hermeneutics.
- Choose to study a topic of particular interest to you as a Special Essay, to produce a more sustained piece of theological reflection on an aspect of Christian ministry.
Here are some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:
Church and Society
Theologies from World Christianity
Theology and Practice of Pastoral Care
Christian Doctrine in Ecumenical Perspective
Education, Faith and Society
Ministerial Theology Special Essay
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
Our Graduate Diploma in Ministerial Theology equips you with a wide range of transferable skills that will help you succeed in church-based ministry work, Christian charities and the parachurch sector. The course is particularly appropriate for those wanting to undertake further theological study at MA level.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.
Life at Roehampton
At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.
We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.