Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

The Graduate Diploma is designed for students who have already attained an undergraduate degree in another subject. It aims to provide a select overview of the major disciplines of theology, ministry and mission with an emphasis on higher level modules. It involves 5-8 modules (i.e. 120 credits) and is normally taken over 1-2 years. The award is validated by Durham University. Higher level graduates may go on to our MA programme.


Most modules requires two assignments of 2,500 words each, or equivalent. Some modules are assessed by essays, other by a presentation or written reflection on Christian practice. The Graduate Diploma may include an extended study project or supervised dissertation in an agreed subject area.


Students are normally expected to have at least an undergraduate qualification in a humanities or arts subject, though previous informal study or Christian ministry may be taken into account. 

Prior reading and a preparatory essay may be required before admission to the course.


Modules include all those in BA programme. A typical pathway may include options from the following:

  • Introduction to New Testament / Old Testament
  • Further Biblical Studies
  • Independent Learning Project in Christian Doctrine
  • Christian Faith and Ethical Living
  • Reflective Practice

Additional Barnabas Teaching Centre Modules: 

  • Introduction to Studying the Bible in Greek 
  • Bible in Context 
  • Issues in Biblical Theology 
  • Introduction to Christian Worship 
  • Church and Sacrament 
  • Introduction to Preaching 
  • Leadership and Theology for Ministry and Mission 
  • Mission and Apologetics in Contemporary Culture 

Additional Mirfield Teaching Centre Modules: 

  • Christian Worship: Learning Through Tradition 
  • Christian Doctrine in Focus 
  • Denominational History and Principles: Anglicanism (Anglican ordinands)
  • Islam and Christian-Muslim Engagement 
  • Mission and Ministry in an Urban Context 
  • Missional Theology in Global Context 
  • Community Development 

Additional York Teaching Centre Modules:

  • Mission and Apologetics in Contemporary Culture 
  • Mission and Ministry in a Rural Context 
  • Anthropology and Christian Mission