Continuing Ministerial Development

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The Centre for Continuing Ministerial Development exists to support those in lay or ordained ministry to develop and harness their professional and ministerial skills. We have opportunities for academic study, at BA and MA level, which are designed to help you:

Build on your ministerial and pastoral experience;
Develop your theological and leadership skills;
Reflect on mission and ministry in the light of your own practice.

For those in ministry, who want to build on and refresh their theological education, we offer some undergraduate and postgraduate study opportunities including:

  • A three-year, Distance learning MA, with the opportunity to specialise in the second year, in Biblical Studies or Christian Faith and Contemporary Life
  • A one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission, with a specialism in either Biblical Studies or Christian Faith and Contemporary Life (These are stand-alone versions of the second year of the MA, and hence it is possible to progress to the MA, if you so choose)

Biblical Studies: deepening your understanding and appreciation of scripture, including, for those who have studied New Testament Greek, the chance to build on that learning;
Christian Faith and Contemporary Life: modules on leadership, environmental theology and supporting a learning church.

We also have specialist pathways, involving a mixture of online and on-campus learning, for

CCMD students are typically engaged in some form of recognised or accredited ministry, lay or ordained, across a range of denominations and non-denominational churches. They will typically have some theological education, usually as part of their training or equipping for their ministerial role. Some are Anglican Curates or Methodist Probationers, looking to support their ongoing formation with some formal study, as part of a cohort. Others may have been in ministry for many years and are looking to refresh their understanding or develop their ministerial practice further.

Each student is allocated a personal tutor, who is available to work with you, on a one-to-one basis. We encourage you to meet with your personal tutor when you begin your programme at Queen’s, to consider and discuss the academic and personal development which you hope to make while studying. You may arrange to see your personal tutor once or twice a term to reflect on your learning and experience, as appropriate.

An early meeting with your personal tutor can also be useful in highlighting study support which may be necessary. These matters will also be addressed during Induction and study skills class and support will be offered.

Please note that for Methodist Probationers, the role is slightly different, as we seek to work in partnership with your District Probationers’ Secretary, where appropriate.

All sponsored and independent students will be required to undergo a DBS check during the registration process at the Queen’s Foundation. The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education works with the sponsoring churches to ensure that all students have been selected safely, including a criminal check.

Please note that students should not begin any external placement before the result of the DBS check is known and is clear.

To start the application process, please fill in the form below

For information on applying for Disabled Students' Allowance, and eligibility for it, please see our guidance here.

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What is distinctive about Queen’s

We are committed to excellence in theological education and can provide a vibrant, ecumenical community that includes students from all over the world. Our staff team offers a wide-range of theological expertise and are committed to providing a robust and pastorally sensitive place in which learning can take place. Worship of God is at the heart of our life together and it is within this context that we seek to encourage and facilitate ministerial development.