Durham University (Common Awards)

The Common Awards framework offers a diverse and flexible range of both undergraduate and postgraduate awards from the University of Durham.

Undergraduate Awards

University of Durham

Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor of Arts, or Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission


Postgraduate Awards

University of Durham

Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or Master of Arts in Theology, Ministry and Mission


Cambridge University

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 a wide range of degrees.


The University of Cambridge

Bachelor of Theology for Ministry (BTh, University of Cambridge)



The University of Cambridge

Master of Philosophy in Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion (MPhil, University of Cambridge)



The University of Cambridge

Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Religious Studies (PhD, University of Cambridge)


BA (Tripos)

The University of Cambridge

Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion (BA Tripos, University of Cambridge)


Research Degrees

In addition to the MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge, our ordinands often study for a range of research degrees from other universities.

Some of our students study towards the Lambeth Degrees. This is an Anglican research programme through which the Archbishop of Canterbury awards postgraduate degrees in Theology at both MPhil and PhD level. These degrees require the production of a thesis which, at MPhil level, makes a useful contribution to knowledge and may have elements that are worthy of publication and, at PhD level, is a work of original scholarship which makes a substantial contribution to the advancement of learning in the academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice, and which may be publishable.

There are also opportunities to undertake research supervised by staff of the Cambridge Theological Federation through the Anglia Ruskin University.

If you are interested in studying for a research degree as part of your ordination training, please get in touch with us.

Get in touch

You are warmly invited to one of our Open Afternoons to explore whether God is calling you to Ridley

Come and join us for an afternoon to get a taste of study, formation, worship, and life in community at Ridley. Look around our beautiful College, chat with our current ordinands, meet with our faculty, pray with us, join us for lunch, experience our teaching, and find out more about Ridley's vision, academic courses, pathways, placements, and practicalities. The day also includes informal interviews with our tutorial staff who will help you discern the best pathways and academic awards to support you in your vocation. We would love to meet you! We invite spouses and children to join us too.

Our Open Afternoons run on Thursdays, as this is our community day. They usually start around midday and conclude with our College Communion at 5.30–6.30 pm. However, you are welcome to leave earlier in the afternoon, as soon as you are done with your informal interviews.

For entry in September 2024, please get in touch with us (ordinand-admissions@ridley.cam.ac.uk), and we will arrange a bespoke visit for you.

To find out more, arrange your visit, and explore the dates for Open Afternoons in the 2024–25 academic year, see below. If you cannot make our Open Afternoons, we will be delighted to arrange a bespoke visit for you.

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28 Nov 24
20 Feb 25
13 Mar 25
8 May 25
22 May 25
12 Jun 25

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