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Course Title Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission
Awarded by Durham University
Qualification Grad Dip
Level 6

120 credits (minimum of 80 credits at Level 6 and maximum of 40 credits at Levels 4 and 5)

Length of course 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Entrance requirements Entry to this course requires students to fulfil the admission criteria stipulated by Durham University, which is normally an upper second class Honours degree.

Graduates in other subjects and students who have completed a Diploma (HE) in theology successfully may enter the Graduate Diploma programme. For non-theology graduates, students should normally have an upper second class honours degree. However, especially for mature students, prior professional experience will be taken into account as well as educational qualifications.

Students offered admission to the Graduate Diploma will be given a reading list in advance of the first term to help them acquire preparatory familiarity with the subjects they have chosen as their focus. This will enable them to proceed to a more comprehensive, critical and in-depth understanding of the selected subject areas and the key methodologies associated with them.

For modules at Level 6, students will be expected to engage in some independent study of primary and secondary sources, applying their knowledge to new contexts and appreciating the limits and uncertainty of the subject areas studied.

Students for whom English is their second language should have achieved a score of 6.5 (with no component under 6.0) in an IELTS examination, or equivalent. Please note that TOEFL results are not accepted by Durham University.

Overview The Graduate Diploma course aims to offer a programme of study in theology, ministry and mission that enables students with a degree in another subject (or with a Diploma (HE) in a theological discipline) to acquire competence in theology, ministry and mission at HE level 6. Students with a degree will use the skills acquired and demonstrated through their previous degree to access study of theology, ministry and mission at HE level 6. Students with a Diploma (HE) in theology will use both their skills and subject knowledge to access the Graduate Diploma programme.
Teaching The Graduate Diploma offers a rich variety of subjects taught by a wide range of teachers. Many subjects are team-taught by teachers from across the Cambridge Theological Federation but some draw on the talents of people with expertise from outside the Federation. The course incorporates a variety of modes of learning and teaching. Courses are offered on a full-time or part-time residential basis, or as a context-based pathway.
Assessment Summative assessment (coursework for credit) may take the form of essays, portfolios, presentations, independent learning projects and language examinations. In addition, formative assessment (in-course feedback which is unmarked and not for credit) is undertaken during the course of all modules to support student learning. The specific mode of formative assessments varies from module to module.
Suitable for Ordinands in combination with other qualifications
Independent students
More details Cambridge Theological Federation Common Awards Programme Regulations (PDF File)
Durham University Common Awards website