From its beginnings over 800 years ago, the University of Cambridge has provided a context for formation and training in Christian ministry. Today, working in partnership with the theological colleges and institutes of the Cambridge Theological Federation, the Faculty of Divinity offers the Bachelor of Theology for Ministry (BTh) degree.
The BTh provides a stimulating academic environment and an unparalleled educational experience through which students can reach their intellectual potential in preparing for Christian ministry and service. Students examine the theologies, scriptures, histories, philosophies, doctrines and practices of Christianity, both within their own traditions and through comparative approaches. Current developments in scholarship and research and critical reflection on pastoral experience are central to the aims of the course, which also includes a number of compulsory ministry placements.
The BTh is studied on a full-time basis only; students apply for admission to the BTh through, and become a member of, one of the Federation’s Houses, and are also matriculated through a Cambridge college.
Students from a wide variety of backgrounds are admitted for the BTh.
The BTh is a vocational degree for those preparing for Christian ministry. All students can therefore expect to proceed to a licensed ministerial position within their church, apart from those whose personal circumstances change during or after their degree. Ministers of Religion are often not in “employment” but are appointed to positions within their church, which may be paid or unpaid.