Summary of Courses

In common with other Anglican theological colleges we offer the Common Awards in Theology, Ministry and Mission validated by Durham University. These courses are offered alongside our Cambridge University options.

Below is a brief summary of our courses. For more information, look up the relevant course in the tabs below. For youth work training courses, visit our Institute for Children, Youth and Mission pages.

Course title
See tab below
Summary
Certificate of Higher Education (Common Awards) CertHE A one-year introductory course for Christian ministry with a creative mix of theology and application
Diploma of Higher Education (Common Awards) DipHE A two-year vocational Diploma in Christian theology offering a blend of theory and practice
Bachelor of Arts (Common Awards) BA A full three-year vocational degree in Christian theology which offers opportunities for independent study
Graduate Diploma (Common Awards) GradDip A one-year Diploma for theology graduates preparing for ministry offering a range of options
Bachelor of Theology BTh Cambridge University’s vocational degree for Christian
ministry combining theological and practical study
Bachelor of Arts in Theology (Tripos) BA (Tripos) Cambridge University’s traditional theology course that promotes learning through rigorous individual study and small-group supervisions
Master of Arts in in Theology, Ministry and Mission MA A flexible course in theology, ministry and mission delivered through a mixture of lectures and seminars
Diploma in Theology for Ministry DTM A course for theology graduates with an outstanding degree who have been recommended as ‘potential theological educators’.
Master of Philosophy MPhil A one-year course in advanced theology which includes the opportunity for independent research
Doctor of Philosophy PhD A unique opportunity for serious independent study and original research at an advanced level
Professional Doctorate DProf A unique opportunity for practice-based research on some aspect of Christian ministry at doctoral level.

See below for more detailed information on each course.

Certificates, Diplomas and Bachelor Degrees

CertHE

Course TitleCertificate of Higher Education (Common Awards)
Awarded by Durham University (Common Awards)
Length One year full-time
Part-time Available from September 2015
Qualification CertHE
Assessment Essays
Taught by The CertHE 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, including Ridley Hall, but some draw on the talents of people with expertise from outside the Federation.
Entrance requirements

At least one A Level or equivalent. Many students who do the CertHE, DipHE or the BA (Common Awards) have degrees in other subjects, but they may also be successfully undertaken by students without a degree. When we consider your application we look for evidence of your ability to benefit from and meet the academic demands of the course. In the case of mature candidates, relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of formal academic qualifications.

Students for whom English is a second language need an IELTS score of 6.5.

Suitable for

Ordinands

Independent students

Course details

https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/common.awards/2014-05-19_Prog-Spec_Certificate-120.pdf 

Further details about modules offered through the Cambridge Theological Federation are available on request.

DipHE

Course TitleDiploma of Higher Education (Common Awards)
Awarded by Durham University (Common Awards)
Length Two years full-time
Part-time Available from September 2015
Qualification DipHE
Assessment Essays
Taught by The DipHE 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, including Ridley Hall, but some draw on the talents of people with expertise from outside the Federation.
Entrance requirements

At least two A Levels or equivalent. Many students who do the DipHE (Common Awards) have degrees in other subjects, but they may also be successfully undertaken by students without a degree. When we consider your application we look for evidence of your ability to benefit from and meet the academic demands of the course. Alternatively, students who have successfully completed the Certificate may progress to the Diploma.

Students for whom English is a second language need an IELTS score of 6.5.

Suitable for

Ordinands

Independent students

Course details

https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/common.awards/2014-05-19_Prog-Spec_Diploma.pdf

Further details about modules offered through the Cambridge Theological Federation are available on request.

BA

Course TitleBachelor of Arts (Common Awards)
Awarded by Durham University (Common Awards)
Length Three years full-time
Part-time Available from September 2015
Qualification BA
Assessment Essays and dissertation
Taught by The BA 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, including Ridley Hall, but some draw on the talents of people with expertise from outside the Federation.
Entrance requirements

At least three A Levels (grade AAB) or equivalent. Alternatively, students who have successfully completed the Diploma may progress to the Degree.

Students for whom English is a second language need an IELTS score of 6.5.

Suitable for

Ordinands

Independent students

Course details

https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/common.awards/2014-05-19_Prog-Spec_BA.pdf

Further details about modules offered through the Cambridge Theological Federation are available on request.

GradDip

Course TitleGraduate Diploma (Common Awards)
Awarded by Durham University (Common Awards)
Length One year full-time
Part-time Available from September 2015
Qualification GradDip
Assessment Essays
Taught by The GradDip 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, including Ridley Hall, but some draw on the talents of people with expertise from outside the Federation.
Entrance requirements

A previous degree in theology.

Students for whom English is a second language need an IELTS score of 6.5.

Suitable for

Ordinands

Independent students

Course details

https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/common.awards/2014-05-19_Prog-Spec_Graduate-Diploma.pdf

Further details about modules offered through the Cambridge Theological Federation are available on request.

BTh

Course TitleBachelor of Theology (BTh)
Awarded by The University of Cambridge
Length Two years full-time
Part-time Not available
Qualification BTh
Assessment Essays and exams
Taught by The BTh is taught within the Cambridge Theological Federation. Many subjects are team-taught by teachers from across the Federation, including Ridley Hall, and includes teaching in small group supervisions. Some subjects are taught alongside Tripos students in the Divinity Faculty.
Entrance requirements

At least a good 2:1 in a previous degree in another subject. The Faculty will expect to see a sample of written work. Students need to be matriculated through one of the Cambridge University colleges (alongside membership of Ridley). Some prior theological study is preferable.

Students for whom English is a second language need an IELTS score of 7.0.

Suitable for

Ordinands

Course details http://www.theofed.cam.ac.uk/bth.html

BA (Tripos)

Course TitleBachelor of Arts in Theological and Religious Studies (Tripos)
Awarded by The University of Cambridge
Length Two years full-time
Part-time Not available
Qualification BA
Assessment Primarily exams
Taught by The University of Cambridge
Entrance requirements

At least a high 2:1 in a previous degree in another subject. Admission is available to a graduate with a first (or an average of 67% in their first degree). A Director of Studies from a Cambridge College may wish to see a sample of written work and/or interview the candidate. The BA Tripos is only available to those studying for ordination who are under 32 at the start of their studies. Training is completed by a further year of study.

Students for whom English is a second language need an IELTS score of 7.0.

Suitable for Ordinands only (training is completed by a further year of certificate study)
Course details More details will be given on your interview day.  If you have questions in advance please contact the Director of Studies.

Postgraduate courses

MA

Course TitleMaster of Arts in in Theology, Ministry and Mission
Awarded by Durham University
Length One year full-time
Part-time Two years part-time
Qualification MA
Assessment Essays and dissertation
Taught by The MA is taught mainly by staff from the Cambridge Theological Federation, including Ridley Hall. Teachers with expertise from outside the Federation also make a significant contribution.
Entrance requirements

Normally the successful completion of at least two years of theological study.

Students for whom English is a second language need an IELTS score of 6.5.

Suitable for

Ordinands

Independent students

Course details https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/common.awards/2015_07_03_MA_prog_specs.pdf

DTM

Course TitleDiploma in Theology for Ministry
Awarded by The University of Cambridge
Length One year full-time
Part-time Not available
Qualification DTM
Assessment Exams and dissertation
Taught by Primarily CTF.  The BTh and DTM (Cambridge University) are taught within the Cambridge Theological Federation. Many subjects are team-taught by teachers from across the Federation, including Ridley Hall, and includes teaching in small group supervisions. Some subjects are taught alongside Tripos students in the Divinity Faculty.
Entrance requirements

At least a high 2:1 in a previous theology degree. 

Students for whom English is a second language need an IELTS score of 7.0.

Suitable for

Ordinands only.

A course for theology graduates with an outstanding degree who have been recommended as ‘potential theological educators’.

Course details More details will be given on your interview day.  If you have questions in advance please contact the Director of Studies.

MPhil

Course TitleMaster of Philosophy
Awarded by The University of Cambridge
Length One year full-time
Part-time Not available
Qualification MPhil
Assessment Exams and dissertation
Taught by The University of Cambridge
Entrance requirements

At least a high 2:1 in a previous theology degree. Ordinands wishing to undertake the MPhil need to have the approval of their DDO (Diocesan Director of Ordinands) and Ministry Division. MPhil students should have studied theology for at least two years, normally having taken a degree in the subject and attained at least a high 2:1.

Students for whom English is a second language need an IELTS score of 7.0.

Suitable for

Ordinands only

Independent students who wish to undertake the MPhil should note that application must be made directly to the University of Cambridge and that Ridley does not offer an ‘inside track’ in the application process; entry into the University also requires acceptance by one of the normal matriculating colleges (see http://www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/graduate-study/phd). Living as part of the Ridley community entails additional fees on top of the matriculating college and University charges for the degree.

Course details http://www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/graduate-study/phd

PhD

Course TitleDoctor of Philosophy
Awarded by The University of Cambridge
Length Three or four years' full-time
Part-time Available
Qualification PhD
Assessment Thesis
Taught by Supervisor from or appointed by The University of Cambridge
Entrance requirements

At least a high 2:1 in a previous theology degree. Ordinands wishing to undertake the PhD need to have the approval of their DDO (Diocesan Director of Ordinands) and Ministry Division. PhD students should have studied theology for at least two years, normally having taken a degree in the subject, attained at least a high 2:1, and successfully completed a year’s study at Master’s level.

Students for whom English is a second language need an IELTS score of 7.0.

Suitable for

Ordinands only

Independent students who wish to undertake the PhD should note that application must be made directly to the University of Cambridge and that Ridley does not offer an ‘inside track’ in the application process; entry into the University also requires acceptance by one of the normal matriculating colleges (see http://www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/graduate-study/phd). Living as part of the Ridley community entails additional fees on top of the matriculating college and University charges for the degree.

Course details http://www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/graduate-study/phd

DProf

Course TitleProfessional Doctorate
Awarded by Anglia Ruskin University
Length 3-6 years
Part-time Yes
Qualification DProf
Assessment Thesis
Taught by Supervisor from or appointed by ARU
Entrance requirements At least a high 2:1 in a previous theology degree and a Master’s degree in theology or related subject
Suitable for Those already ordained
Course details http://www.theofed.cam.ac.uk/postgraduate/professional-doctorate/