The York School of Ministry Graduate Diploma programme is validated and awarded by Durham University under the Common Awards Scheme. It aims to equip Christian disciples and ministers to develop as competent and faithful reflective practitioners and enables students with a degree in another subject (or with a Diploma (Higher Education) in a theological discipline) to acquire competence in theology, ministry and mission at Higher Education level 6.
The programme provides an education in theology, ministry and mission in and for a variety of contexts, including preparing people for professional ministry and mission within the church, both lay and ordained at Phase 1 & 2 and for Continuing Ministry Development. The programme also serves those who wish to be more fully equipped for Christian life and service in the world, or simply more informed about the Christian faith.
Running over two years, the programme is delivered via termly 20 credit modules, each comprising up to 12 taught sessions. Students studying on the programme are normally expected to use their ‘home’ church or benefice as an ongoing context for reflection, although opportunities for placements and fieldwork in other churches or ministry environments may be included.
For those studying for credit each module includes written assessment, which can take a variety of forms (for example, essays, personal reflections, case studies) depending upon the specific module content, however, there are no written examinations.
Students wishing to gain the Graduate Diploma must complete 120 credits.
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, normally students should 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.
For ministry students studying as part of their training, discernment or development please contact YSOM to discuss fee remission.
For students studying independently the cost is as follows:
£100 per module – teaching only £300 per module – fully accredited module
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