Theological education has a centuries-old history in Cambridge, and the Cambridge Theological Federation continues that proud heritage into the 21st century. Situated in the heart of Cambridge, the Federation offers a number of options for prospective students training for ministry, lay workers and others seeking to expand their knowledge and understanding of Christianity and faith in today’s world.
While the awards offered within the Federation have been designed to provide training and formation for ordinands and accredited ministers, they are also suitable for lay people from all denominations who wish to deepen their learning and understanding of Christian discipleship. We welcome enquiries both from prospective ordinands and independent students who would like to study with us.
Our courses include opportunities to study at different levels and in different modes. You can take a short introduction to the study of an aspect of theology and inter-faith relations online or here in Cambridge. Undergraduate courses are available through residential learning in Cambridge or regionally, or in some cases on context-based pathways. Postgraduate courses are available in Cambridge, with many modules available through distance learning. All of our courses are offered on either a part-time or a full-time basis. We offer structured study at the highest level through the Professional Doctorate which is often combined with related work and voluntary service. You can enrol on a series of short courses for professional development or a single short course for your own interest and personal development.
You can see a summary of our award-bearing course below: please explore our site for further information.
|Course Title||Qualification||Awarded by||Level||Full-time||Part-time||Overview|
|Bachelor of Theology for Ministry||BTh||University of Cambridge||6||2 years||No||Cambridge University’s vocational degree for Christian ministry combining theological and practical study|
|Diploma in Theology for Ministry||DTM||University of Cambridge||6||1 year||2 years||A course for theology graduates with an outstanding degree who have been recommended as ‘potential theological educators’|
|Certificate of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission||Cert HE||Durham University||4||1 year||2-3 years||Certificate of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission (120)|
|Diploma of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission||Dip HE||Durham University||5||2 years||3-4 years||Diploma of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission|
|Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Ministry and Mission||BA (Hons)||Durham University||6||3 years||4-6 years||BA in Theology, Ministry and Mission|
|Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission||Grad Dip||Durham University||6||1 year||2-3 years||Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission|
|Postgraduate Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission||PG Cert||Durham University||7||0.5 years||1 year||A full- or part-time programme of 60 credits for more advanced study in theology.|
|Postgraduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission||PG Dip||Durham University||7||1 year||2-3 years||
A full- or part-time programme of 120 credits for more advanced study in theology.
|MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission||MA||Durham University||7||1 year||2-3 years||
A full- or part-time programme for more advanced study in theology. Candidates carry out independent research through a dissertation in addition to 120 credits of coursework.
|Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology||DProf||Anglia Ruskin University||8||No*||3-6 years||A practice-based research degree aimed at participants in a variety of professional and/or voluntary contexts|
|Master of Philosophy||MPhil||University of Cambridge||7||1 year||No||A one-year course in advanced theology which includes the opportunity for independent research. Application is made directly to the University of Cambridge: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Doctor of Philosophy||PhD||University of Cambridge||8||3-4 years||5-7 years||A unique opportunity for serious independent study and original research at an advanced level. Application is made directly to the University of Cambridge: email@example.com|
|Master of Philosophy||MPhil||Anglia Ruskin University||7||1-3 years||2-4 years||A postgraduate course which allows for independent research. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information|
|Doctor of Philosophy||PhD||Anglia Ruskin University||8||2-5 years||3-6 years||A research degree based on independent study and original research. Please contact email@example.com for more information|
*It is possible under exceptional circumstances to take Stage 1 of the DProf on a full-time basis.