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Postgraduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Course Description

The Postgraduate Diploma provides a practical and broad-based approach to explore theology and ministry in a variety of settings and contexts. It is a vocational award offered by the Cambridge Theological Federation in partnership with the University of Durham (Common Awards). The course can be taken full-time (one year) or part-time (over two to three years).

Further information about this award is available from the Cambridge Theological Federation.

Entrance Requirements

The normal entrance requirement for the postgraduate programmes in Theology, Ministry and Mission is a first or good second-class honours degree in Theology, Religious Studies or a related subject. Graduates in other disciplines may also be admitted to the programme. Recent or current experience of the practice of Christian ministry is an asset. Students for whom English is their second language should have achieved a score of 6.5 in an IELTS examination, or equivalent.

Teaching and Learning

The Postgraduate Diploma offers a variety of subjects in theology and ministerial practice taught by a wide range of teachers through lectures, classes, and structured asynchronous learning. Many subjects are team-taught by teachers from across the Cambridge Theological Federation, including Westcott House, but some draw on the talents of people with expertise from outside the Federation. The programme is made up of six modules across core areas of theology and ministry in the MA programme to a total of 120 credits. Students who successfully complete the PGDip may wish to progress onto the MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission.


Summative assessment (coursework for credit) may take the form of essays, portfolios, presentations, independent learning projects and language examinations. Formative assessment (in-course feedback which is unmarked and not for credit) is undertaken as well during the course of all modules to support student learning. The specific mode of formative assessments varies from module to module.

Integration with Training for Ministry

Independent students participate in the wider life of the House as far as they are reasonably able. Candidates for licensed ministry are required by the House to participate in the formational life of Westcott House, attend Ministry for Life and Short Intensive Courses, and complete contextual training through attachments and placements. Ordinands will take further qualifications in addition to the Postgraduate Certificate as part of their training, agreed with their Diocese and Ministry.