There are different procedures depending on the type of complaint and which course you are on. Our complaint procedures are available to download from the “policies” page on our website.
Please refer to our Applications page for information.
If you are a European Economic Area (EEA) national you do not need a visa to study in the UK. If you have permanent residence in, but not citizenship of, a member country of the EU or EEA, you are not an EEA national and will have to apply for a visa. If you are NOT a UK, EU or EEA national you will have to apply for a visa. The type of visa you require depends on your individual circumstance and the type of course you are studying.
Full-time study on an accredited course:
If you have been accepted for full-time study on an accredited course (Common Awards, Bachelor of Theology, Diploma in Theology for Ministry or PhD) you will require a Tier 4 visa. For students applying to the Common Awards, Diploma in Theology for Ministry or PhD offered through Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), the Federation will issue you a Confirmation of Studies (CAS) number as soon as your complete application has been approved for admission. Your CAS Number is required in order for you to apply for your Tier 4 Visa. For students on the Bachelor of Theology programme, the University of Cambridge will issue your CAS number. Please make sure that you complete and submit your full application well in advance of deadline dates, as it can often take some time to go through the Tier 4 application process.
Studying on a short course or for a short period in the UK:
If you are coming to the UK to attend a short course, even if only for a few days, and this is the main purpose for your visit to the UK, you must obtain a Short Term Study Visa. Students attending Federation summer schools (whether for credit or not-for-credit), coming to the UK as an exchange student for up to 6 months, or attending a non-accredited course sponsored by one of the Federation member houses must obtain a Short Term Study Visa in order to attend classes. Doctoral students on the ARU Professional Doctorate or PhD courses who are carrying out their research overseas and who are coming to the UK for a supervision or to attend a research seminar or course are required to obtain a Short Term Study Visa. The Federation offices will provide you with a Letter of Support which you will need in order to apply for your Short Term Study Visa.
The UK differentiates between “visa nationals” and “non-visa nationals”. You can determine whether oyu are a visa or non-visa national here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa. PLEASE NOTE that, even if you are a “non-visa national” you MUST obtain a Short Term Study Visa in order to attend or study on a course in the UK; you will not be permitted to attend your course without it. Visa nationals use the Letter of Support provided by the Federation to apply in advance for their Short Term Study Visa; non-visa nationals can generally apply for the Short Term Study Visa at the UK border, provided that the UK border is the first point of entry. Please contact the Federation Office for more information if you have any questions,
The UKCISA website provides more information: http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/International-Students/Preparing–planning/Visas-and-immigration/
The Federation does not offer bursaries directly to students, but some bursaries are available through the Federation Houses and University of Cambridge. For further information, please see our Fees and Costs page.
Your programme of study will be agreed with the Director of Studies for the House to which you are applying. You will have opportunities to explore and decide on an appropriate pathway according to your previous experience and study. If you have any queries relating to the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission, or to the Professional Doctorate, please contact the Postgraduate administrator.
The amount of background reading you will do for each module is agreed with the course tutor at the start of the module. For most undergraduate modules there will be reading each week to prepare for lectures and seminars. If your classes are delivered via Adobe Connect, you are expected to do approximately four hours reading and preparation.
The MA modules consist of approximately 24 hours of contact time and 276 hours of student-managed learning, which includes reading and preparation as well as time to complete your assignments.
If this happens, you must speak to your Director of Studies as soon as possible. Postgraduate students should consult the central Federation Offices for information on extensions.
All students enrolled on the Federation’s taught programmes (Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters) are members of a Federation House, where they learn, worship, socialise and interact with their fellow students and tutors in a rich, stimulating and supportive environment. It is not necessary to reside in a House whilst enrolled on your programme; but you can participate in communal dining in Hall, worship, social activities and other Federation-sponsored events.
As a member of a House you can still participate in much of the shared life of the Federation. Federation Worship, the Student Forum and other groups exist to nurture your wellbeing and academic interests. For some courses, there are also online forums for students to share ideas and course inductions where independent students are encouraged to come and meet others.
You may take up to three years to complete the Common Awards full MA. You may take up to 6 years to complete the Professional Doctorate.
You should talk with your Director of Studies about the best choice of modules for your pathway. This is important because if you are training for a specific outcome (as part of ordination training), your academic pathway will need to meet learning outcomes that are formational as well as academic.
Normally, you can transfer your credits from another course of study into a Common Awards course, but there are limitations on how many credits you can transfer. You will need to talk to your Director of Studies and together complete an Accredited Prior Learning Form to establish what can be transferred. It is not possible to transfer credits into the BTh or DTM.
Yes. Many people study alongside those training for diaconal and priestly ministry in order to deepen their understanding of Christian discipleship and to grow in their relationship with God. This learning may also equip people for a variety of different forms of ministry in the church, or it may act as a spur to encourage further reflection about their vocation.
In general, the current undergraduate timetable for Cambridge-based teaching consists of two terms of 9 weeks each (Michaelmas and Lent) and one 6-week (Easter) term. Regional teaching terms and individual House timetables often extend beyond these timeframes. For more details on what your academic year would look like, please speak to the Director of Studies at the House to which you are thinking of applying.
Students currently taking the MA study for two semesters of 10 weeks, from October through to December, then January to Easter. Easter term is 5 weeks. Assessments are handed in from semester one in early January and from Semester 2 in May.
Yes. The Federation and its member Institutions welcome applications from all faiths. You can choose a House based on your religious background, or because you want to study with specific tutors or in a specified format (ERMC, for instance, is dedicated to part-time adult learners). If you need advice about which Institution would best suit you, please contact the Federation Office.
All of our awards are available for part-time study, with the exception of the BTh, which must be taken on a full-time basis.
Students with disabilities who are studying for ordination and are sponsored by their churches are eligible for specific support through Ministry Division or their church. Students who are in receipt of the Disabled Students’ Allowance through the Student Loans Company are eligible for support and assistance; more information is available from http://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/products/disabled-students’-allowances/how-to-apply-for-disabled-students’-allowances-(dsas).aspx. Your Director of Studies can provide you with more information and details of what support is available to you.
If you are an applicant from the UK taking an undergraduate degree for the first time, you are eligible to take out a Tuition Fee Loan repayable after you have left your course of study. Further information is available at on our Fees and Costs page.
The Federation acts as an “umbrella” organisation, bringing together the teaching and learning of its eleven member institutions, or Houses. The Houses are the institutions through which people of different churches, including Anglican, Methodist, Orthodox, Reformed and Roman Catholic, train for various forms of Christian ministry and service. You will receive both academic and pastoral support in your House. Most Houses are very similar to other Cambridge Colleges, in that students live and study here. You can choose a House based on your religious background, or because you want to study with specific tutors or in a specified format (ERMC, for instance, is dedicated to part-time adult learners).
All Federation students (with the exception of students on the Professional Doctorate, MPhil or PhD programmes offered through Anglia Ruskin University) become members of a House. Full-time students can choose to live in accommodation provided by their House; part-time students, whilst members of a House, are not required to live in accommodation. Most part-time students use the House as a base when they are attending classes, dine with fellow students and enjoy the shared sense of community whenever they can.
As well as course fees, you should take into account the cost of accommodation, meals and personal expenses whilst you are a student. The University of Cambridge suggests that undergraduate students allow £8,150 per year to meet living costs.
If you are training towards ordination, you will normally receive funding from your sponsor to cover some or all of your living costs.
If you are applying to be a resident student, the House you wish to join can provide details of availability and prices of accommodation.
All students are charged Academic Fees, which vary according to your chosen course of study. Some programmes have additional charges and there is an additional fee for House membership. Further information is available on our Fees and Costs page.
If you are training towards ordination, your course costs may be paid by your sponsoring Church or Diocese.
No, you are responsible for arranging your own visa. Once you have been accepted onto your course the Federation will issue you a Letter of Confirmation if you do not require a visa or are enrolling on a short course, or a CAS (Confirmation of Studies) number if you are required to apply for a Tier 4 visa. Please visit http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/International-Students/Immigration-/Making-a–new-Tier-4-application/ for more information on applying for a Tier 4 visa.
Most of the Federation’s students belong to one of its member institutions, called “Houses”. The Federation’s Houses function much the same way as Colleges in the University of Cambridge – they provide academic and pastoral support, libraries and other resources; the majority offer residential accommodation. Most importantly, the Houses provide a stimulating and supportive community where students and tutors learn, worship, socialise and interact with each other as a community. Students studying for Common Awards (Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors, MA, Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma programmes) and students studying for ordination will apply through and join one of the Federation’s Houses. Postgraduate students on the Common Awards programmes who are not sponsored by a church may apply to join their House of choice. Whilst accommodation is available for full-time students, part-time students are not required to live in-House; but all enjoy the many benefits that House membership provides. Students who are studying on the BTh, Tripos, MPhil or PhD programmes with the University of Cambridge will also join a Cambridge College in addition to their House. The Director of Studies in the House through which you are applying will give you more information on this.
In general, applicants will be invited to interview in Cambridge at the House to which they have applied. If you live overseas, alternative arrangements such as Skype interviewing, can be explored.
The Federation’s award-bearing programmes are offered with other universities. The Bachelor of Theology and the Diploma in Theology and Ministry are offered with the University of Cambridge. The Certificate, Diploma, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor, MA, Postgradaute Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma programmes in Theology, Ministry and Mission are validated by Durham University under the Common Awards scheme. The Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology is validated by Anglia Ruskin University.
For applicants applying to undergraduate programmes, the Director of Studies or Admission Tutor in the House to which you are applying will discuss with you which programme will best meet your needs and circumstances. If you apply to the Bachelor or Diploma in Theology for Ministry offered by the University of Cambridge, you must also meet the admissions criteria for Cambridge. The Director of Studies in your preferred House can give advice on this.
You must meet the entry criteria for any programme to which you apply; these are clearly stated on each of the programme pages. If you are applying as an independent postgraduate student (not sponsored by a church), please contact The Federation Office if you need further assistance in making your application.
The UK operates a points-based immigration system, which affects students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, and ties a student’s visa to the higher education institution which he/she will be attending.
Study in the UK normally requires a Tier 4 visa. To apply for a visa you must receive sponsorship from the Cambridge Theological Federation through a ‘confirmation of acceptance for studies’ (CAS) and prove that you have the funds to meet all your tuition fees and living costs (as set by the Home Office).
It is your responsibility to make sure you understand and meet the immigration requirements of the UK, and obtain the correct visa to study at the Cambridge Theological Federation.
If you’re made an offer of a place at the Federation, you’re eligible for a CAS once you meet all the conditions and formally accept it. You can only make your visa application three months ahead of your course start date – therefore, the earliest you might receive your electronic CAS statement is June. You must use this information to complete some of the questions asked in the visa application.
The primary source of information on all matters concerning immigration is the Home Office. Information on whether you require a visa, how to apply, guidance notes and application forms are available on the Home Office website. You must consult this website regularly, as the rules and documentation change frequently.
Occasionally the Federation may request international applicants to attend an interview, for which you may require a visa. The Federation Office will direct you to the appropriate application forms.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has a wealth of current information on their website at http://www.ukcisa.org.uk. The section on preparing and planning for your studies will help you determine whether you need to apply for a visa.