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Queen’s offers the opportunity to study via two discrete training tracks: 'college-style' (Track 1) and 'course-style' (Track 2). Within each track there are a number of possible pathways. The pathway you take will depend on factors which include:

  • your age
  • your previous training or qualifications
  • and the form of ministry you are sponsored for (e.g. incumbent status or assistant ministry).

Pathways are defined by particular content and they result in different academic awards. While we seek to enable candidates to get the best qualification, the priority must always be the best preparation for ordained ministry. Your particular pathway will be agreed between the Academic Dean, the Director of Anglican Formation, the Church of England Ministry Division, and your DDO.

Illustrative pathways

Click here for some 'illustrative pathways', which combine the expectations of the Academic programme with requirements of the Church of England for those training for ordained ministry. These should give you an idea of the broad shape of the kinds of pathways on offer at Queen's.

Academic awards

The following academic awards are available to Anglican students:

The Queen’s Foundation has a Validation Contract with Durham University for the validation of approved Common Awards academic programmes and pathways at undergraduate and postgraduate levels:

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Christian Ministry and Mission (180 credits) 
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theology, Ministry and Mission
  • Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission   
  • Master of Arts in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Click here for programme information about these awards. 

Queen's has  a Partnership Agreement with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for the admission of students onto their PhD programme following completion of a successful stage as a post graduate researcher at Queen’s. Supervision of PhDs is conducted jointly by VU and Queen’s with the majority of research seminars and supervisions taking place at the Queen’s campus.

Click here for programme information about this award. General information can be found on our research pages.

Students without prior theological studies, who meet the admissions requirements, are likely to be admitted onto the Certificate of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission in the Common Awards suite validated by Durham University during their initial ministerial training. Successful completion of this programme enables progression to the Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission in the Common Awards suite validated by Durham University. 

At the end of their initial ministerial training, on successful completion of their studies, students may have the option to receive this award or, with diocesan agreement, to continue to work toward a BA (Hons) in Theology, Ministry and Mission in the Common Awards suite validated by Durham University. 

Students with prior theological studies, who meet the admissions requirements, may have the opportunity to work at postgraduate or research level during initial ministerial training. 

  • Further information about our academic programmes can be found here
  • Our admissions policies can be found here
  • And further enquiries about Anglican admissions can be made here.