Graduate Certificate (QDL)

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For those who wish to acquire an advanced study in theology through a short programme, we offer a Graduate Certificate in theology, ministry and mission, validated by Durham University as part of the Common Awards scheme. In this part-time course you will study level 5 and 6 modules, usually over one year.

This is an accessible course designed for those who have a degree in another subject, and want to reflect on the Christian relevance of their professional & personal circumstances. Many have studied in the context of secular or church-related employment as a way to explore their vocation, and become better equipped for ministry and mission. It is a distance learning course that will fit around your work and other commitments.

Over the year you will study three modules:

The first on Biblical Studies considers key aspects of a range of texts in the Old and New Testaments, introducing you to modern approaches to biblical criticism and creating ways for you to use the Bible in a variety of personal, ministerial and professional settings.

The second module on Christian Doctrine compares key beliefs to biblical foundations and historical expressions. You will be trained to read, analyse and critically evaluate primary theological and philosophical sources, so as to respond to contemporary issues and problems and explore how these relate to your own spiritual formation and ministerial development.

The third module enables you to theologically reflect on Christian Ministry, considering the different models of lay and ordained vocation and how these are prioritised and resourced in the Church today.

The assessment includes assignments and the creation of resources and portfolios. You will be given a mark for each module and an overall mark for the Certificate.

Applications for entry to this course are accepted at any time, but we enrol new students in the Autumn of each year. Usually, you will need to be a graduate, but we will consider others with relevant qualifications.

To apply for the course, please download and complete the following forms:

When completed, please send the relevant parts of the forms to

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

Modular costs for the Graduate Certificate are charged on a per credit basis. This fee covers your distance tutor, any classes or groups, online materials and the university validation.

Full details are available on the fees part of our website, or our annual fee sheet may be downloaded to your desktop. This includes further guidance on the associated costs of studying theology, along with information on what benefits you may be entitled to as a student.