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Diploma in Theology for Ministry (DTM)

Course Description

The Diploma in Theology for Ministry (DTM) is a graduate-entry programme designed primarily for individuals preparing for or already involved in authorized Christian ministry or service. It is a vocational award offered by the University of Cambridge that can be completed full-time in one year or two years part-time.

Drawing on the Bachelor of Theology for Ministry (BTh) programme, this award integrates the rigorous academic study of theology with a focus on pastoral ministry (in the context of a practical placement).  Further information about the award is available from the Cambridge Theological Federation.

Entrance Requirements

This is a graduate award. Candidates must hold a first degree at 2.1 level or above. Candidates for whom English is a second language normally must have a minimum IELTS grade of 7.0. Admission of all candidates is at the discretion of the BTh Management Committee. Unlike the BTh, candidates do not matriculate in a Cambridge College.

Teaching and Learning

The DTM is an award of the Faculty of Divinity.  Candidates for the DTM attend lectures, classes and supervisions alongside those studying for the BTh. They are required to take five papers (or their equivalent). They may choose from the full range of BTh programmes (including Biblical studies, Christian doctrine, liturgy, spirituality, inter-faith relations and pastoral theology). There are three compulsory elements: Paper BTh 51 (Pastoral Theology: Reflective Pastoral Practice), which is based on candidates’ experiences of their ministry placement, and a dissertation (8,000 – 10,000 words).

Teaching is delivered by lectures and classes in the Faculty of Divinity and the Cambridge Theological Federation. Supervisions provide individual or small group teaching through written work and feedback. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to undertake independent reading and study to consolidate what is being taught.


Assessment, which takes place at the end of each year, is by a combination of exams, coursework, a dissertation, and a pastoral portfolio.

Integration with Training for Ministry

In addition to examined subjects, candidates for licensed ministry are required by the House to participate fully in the formational life of Westcott House, attend Ministry for Life and Short Intensive Courses, and complete contextual training through attachments and placements.