Ministerial Theology

Undergraduate degree 

Ministerial Theology (FdA/BTh)

A two-year foundation degree course for Christians already working in ministry and mission, who seek to develop their intellectual and practical expertise while continuing to work.

Start Date:

September 2022

Duration:

2 years for the FdA, plus an optional 1 year for the full BTh (Bachelor of Theology degree). Part-time options are available.

Degree Type:

FdA/BTh

Entry Tariff:

No formal requirements. Please see Entry Requirements block below.

UCAS Code:

V610

There are no formal entry requirements and you will not be expected to have any academic or theological background although, where appropriate, those who have already done some church-related study will be welcome.

Applicants interested in joining the FdA Ministerial Theology are advised to contact mtenquiries@roehampton.ac.uk to receive additional information and guidance on how to apply for September 2022 entry.  All applicants are required to attend an interview. 

Undergraduate on-campus open day

Saturday 13 November 2021

Course and Module Details

Overview:

The FdA is foundation degree is specifically designed for people who have little or no previous academic experience but are keen to learn new ideas and skills. There is the option, upon successful completion of the FdA, to study for a further year to gain a BTh honours (Bachelor of Theology degree) in Ministerial Theology. 

Watch this short video testimony from a former student who is now a working pastor.

All students undertake a long ministry placement for the duration of the foundation degree. This will normally be at your home church, where you will be supported by a local mentor. Your mentor will provide supervision and will be someone who knows you and your Christian ministry. Roehampton teaching staff will also visit you in your church. 

You will also have a short ministry placement in another church or ministry context, which is carefully chosen with your local mentor to ensure a rich and valuable experience. The work you do in your local church or community counts towards the credits you need to successfully complete the course. There are also specially-designed study days for evangelists, worship leaders, pastoral assistants and preachers. 

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 and benefit from the chaplaincy facilities there. 

Teaching takes place during extended hours, giving you the space to manage your other commitments. Class sessions run on Tuesday evenings (online) and on Saturdays (face-to-face) at our Whitelands campus.

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.

Schedule by year of study

Year one 

  • Develop your understanding of the nature of the Old and New Testament scripture and explore the theory and practice of relating scripture to both the historical and contemporary context.  
  • Address the question ‘What is Ministry?’ and reflect on your own spiritual journey.  
  • Other modules include Navigating Church History and Christian Doctrine. 

Year two 

  • In your ministry placement continue to develop your ability to observe, describe, analyse and evaluate your own ministry practice.  
  • Develop your understanding of ethics, reflect on how Christians theologise about encounters with other faiths, explore Christian worship in its many contexts, and learn about the art and science of biblical interpretation - hermeneutics.
  • A short ministry placement puts you in a different ministry context, allowing you to experience how other Christian traditions do church.

Here are some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Compulsory Modules
Scripture 1 (Old Testament)
Scripture 2 (New Testament)
The Contexts of Ministry 1
Study Skills for Ministerial Theology
Navigating Church History
Introduction to Christian Doctrine

Optional Modules
English for Academic Study

Year 2

Compulsory Modules
The Contexts of Ministry 2
Short Ministry Placement
Engaging Scripture

Optional Modules
Christian Ethics
Church and World Religions
Pentecostal Theology in Context
Mission in the 21st Century
Modern Christian Doctrine
Liturgy and Liberty in Worship
Christian Apologetics
Introduction to New Testament Greek

Year 3 (for students seeking to graduate with the full BTh)

Compulsory Module
Either Ministerial Theology Dissertation or Ministerial Theology Special Essay

Optional Modules
Church and Society
Pauline Theology
Theologies from World Christianity
Theology and Practice of Pastoral Care
Christian Doctrine in Ecumenical Perspective
Education, Faith and Society
Preaching
Trinitarian Theology

 

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
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Tuition fees and funding

September 2022 entry tuition fees

TBC

 

Career Options

You could go onto work in a wide variety of Christian ministry roles in churches and parachurch organisations, or continue with postgraduate study in theology. You could also work in the charity sector or teaching. 

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. 

Application Process

Your application to the Ministerial Theology programme begins with an email; please write to us at MTenquiries@roehampton.ac.uk to express your interest.

Once we hear from you, we will guide you through the following steps:

  1. The pre-interview form: We’ll send you a short form that asks you to tell us about your ministry involvement and faith story.
  2. The interview: We will contact you to schedule a short online interview with a member of our staff team.
  3. UCAS: We will direct you to UCAS (University College and Admissions Site) where you will submit additional application information.

After these steps have been completed, you will hear from us regarding our admission decision. If you are considering the option of applying for financial assistance through Student Finance England, you will be able to do to so once you have accepted an offer for admission.

Need help before you apply?

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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.