The Graduate Diploma

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The Graduate Diploma

The typical track for those without prior theological study is the Ongoing Discipleship course. However, for those with a good 2.1 degree in another subject the Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission offers a more demanding entry into theology.

It is also a good conversion course for those ultimately looking to study the MA on our Postgraduate Study stream.

When and where will you study?

When and where will you study?

There are three ways you can take modules:

  1. Weekly half-day sessions over eight weeks in Cambridge
    In the Michaelmas (autumn) and Lent (spring) terms, MA teaching takes place over eight weeks in the Cambridge Theological Federation, of which Ridley is a member. The modules are usually taught on one morning or afternoon a week through the term, known as 'Cambridge Centre' teaching.
  2. One-week intensives in Cambridge
    One or two MA modules are taught over an intensive five days (20 credits), known as 'Block Week' teaching. See our Term Dates page for upcoming block week dates.
  3. Supervised modules
    It is possible to take an Independent Learning module in an area not covered by other teaching. This will involve mainly independent study and supervision by an experienced lecturer in that area.
Choosing from the delivery modes

Choosing from the delivery modes

It is possible to mix and match the three modes of delivery (see 'When and where will you study' above), and when you make an application enquiry we will be able to offer guidance on what might be best in your particular situation.

Cambridge Centre teaching is suitable for those within an hour or two's drive of Cambridge and for whom the weekly commitment for 8 weeks can fit around their existing schedule.

Block Teaching weeks work well for those who are working full-time but can take occasional weeks off work to study.

The Supervised Modules mode allows students the opportunity for independent study in their own time, supervised by a lecturer in that area. However the Block Week and Cambridge Centre teaching modes allow more face-to-face interaction with lecturers and with other students.

The Block Week and Cambridge Centre teaching options also provide an opportunity to enjoy other aspects of Cambridge and access to the excellent libraries in Ridley and the other members of the Cambridge Theological Federation.

What are the benefits of studying with Ridley?

What are the benefits of studying with Ridley?

  • Study modules that are taught from a committed Christian perspective and that seek to relate Christian tradition and practice to ministry and mission today
  • Learn from experienced teachers and practitioners who are passionate about their subject and with extensive experience of communicating in a lively way
  • Learn with students and teachers who come from a wide variety of church backgrounds and traditions
  • Have access to the extensive resources of the Cambridge Theological Federation, both electronic and physical
  • Study in the unique environment of Cambridge with its historical buildings and rich cultural heritage

Further information

For more information on the course, which is validated by Durham University Common Awards, see our GradDip page in the courses section of this website.

To talk to us before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.