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Why study at Roehampton

  • The University of Roehampton has strong and well established historical connections with the Church.
  • Staff have a wide and 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 students space to manage their other commitments.
  • Roehampton is ranked the best modern university in London (Complete University Guide 2018*) and 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 programme 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 Masters 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 available 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 other commitments that you may have. 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.

If you would like any further information on this course, please contact:

Dr Andrew Rogers
Programme Convenor
Telephone: 020 8392 8167
Email: MTadmissions@roehampton.ac.uk

Dr Julian Gotobed
Admissions Tutor
Telephone:020 8392 3389
Email: MTadmissions@roehampton.ac.uk

On the course you will undertake a long ministry placement, usually where you are already engaged in ministry. You will examine and evaluate models of theological reflection through a number of case studies and you will develop the habit of theological reflection through completing a diary, journal and e-portfolio based on your long ministry placement.

Other modules allow you can gain an in-depth understanding of the theology and practice of pastoral care, through reflecting upon the formation of pastoral identity, developing a theological framework to inform pastoral ministry and cultivating practical skills. You can also 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.

There is also the option to study a topic of particular interest to you as a Special Essay, which allows you 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
Biblical Hermeneutics
Trinitarian Theology

Career options

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.

*In the Complete University Guide 2018, Roehampton is the highest-ranked modern university in London. Modern, or new, universities are defined as those granted university status post-1992. Complete University Guide does not itself define modern universities and does not produce a separate league table in which these are ranked.

UCAS code




Graduate Diploma

Single honours

Entry tariff

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1 year (full-time)

Tuition fees

£3,480 (2015; UK/EU)

£8,340 (2015; International)

Cash scholarships and bursaries available»

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