The York School of Ministry Graduate Certificate 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.