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DipHE in Ministerial Theology (Full Time)

University of Roehampton

Diploma Of Higher Education , Theology

Course Description

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.

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...

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Course Content

  • 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.

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...

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Entry Requirements

The University uses the UCAS Tariff to compare applicants with different qualifications. This also allows us to consider applicants who themselves have taken a range of different qualifications. Many programmes have specific entry requirements, so it is advisable to check on our website before you apply.

All offers are subject to the University's general entrance requirements. For undergraduate courses, these are as follows:

  • passes in two distinct subjects at GCE Advanced Level;
  • a pass in one subject at GCE Advanced Level plus (a) passes in two distinct subjects at GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level, or (b) a Vocational A-Level Single Award, or (c) two Vocational A-Level part Awards;
  • a Vocational A-Level Double Award; or
  • a Vocational A-Level Single Award plus (a) two Vocational A-Level part Awards, or (b) passes in two distinct subjects at GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level; or
  • a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma; or
  • a Scottish Certificate of Education with (a) passes in five subjects, including at least three at Higher grade, or (b) passes in four subjects all at Higher grade or New Higher grade; or
  • the full Diploma of the International Baccalaureate; or
  • an Irish Leaving Certificate with passes in four subjects at Grade C at the Higher level.

For some courses we require applicants to achieve a GCSE Grade C or above in specific subjects, or an equivalent qualification. The information below lists the equivalent qualifications we can accept.

If you require any further advice on our entry requirements, please contact the Enquiries Office at [email protected], or by calling 020 8392 3232.

If you are applying from overseas and require specific advice about your qualifications, you can visit the country pages or contact our international team on [email protected] or by calling 0208 392 3192.

Acceptable English Qualifications (UK students)

  • GCSE at Grade C or above
  • Equivalent Access course modules at Level 2 or above
  • Functional Skills Level 2 English with a pass grade (Not acceptable for BA Primary Education)
  • Key Skills Level 2 English with a pass grade (Not acceptable for BA Primary Education)

The University of Roehampton also recognises the test offered by the organisation Equivalency Testing, which sets and operates GCSE Equivalency Testing in English, Mathematics and Science. Please contact them on +44 (0)1277 203336 for further information or visit their website, www.equivalencytesting.com

Submission of Your Results:

You should send a copy of your results to: [email protected]

BA Primary Education and PGCE students must submit their original certificates.

If you are applying as an EU or International student you will find a list of acceptable English qualifications on our international webpages.

Acceptable Mathematics Qualifications

  • GCSE at Grade C or above
  • Equivalent Access course modules at Level 2 or above
  • Functional Skills Level 2 Maths with a pass grade (Not acceptable for BA Primary Education)
  • Key Skills Level 2 Adult Numeracy or Application of Number (Not acceptable for BA Primary Education)

The University uses the UCAS Tariff to compare applicants with different qualifications. This also allows us to consider applicants who themselves have taken a range of different qualifications. Many programmes have specific entry requirements, so it is advisable to check on our website before you apply. All offers are subject to the University's general...

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