Diploma in theology, ministry and mission

The Diploma of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission can be focused towards pioneer ministry with the 240 credits (13 modules) which are outlined below.

Most students complete this award over two years; however, it is also possible to take it over three years.  

Each module is generally taught over a series of five days, with a mix of online and in-person teaching in Oxford. The Oxford days run from 10.30am to 4pm to give students time to travel. The online days run from 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 3pm or 3pm to 4pm.

There are a couple of residential components which are detailed in the relevant module descriptor below. There is also an option of an independent study module. 

The resulting award is a Diploma in Mission, Ministry and Theology through Durham University as part of the Common Awards.


Introduction to the Bible (Level 4)

An overview of the purpose, context and content of the Old and New Testaments, becoming familiar with approaches to biblical study and considering how to engage biblical texts in mission and ministry.

Foundations for theology and reflective practice (Level 4)

An introduction to contextual theology, principles and methods of reflection, and their place in mission and practice.

Mission and evangelism (Level 4)

Puts the Bible in conversation with culture to help us gain greater understanding about our own practice of mission, looks at historical trends and current approaches to engaging with and witnessing to the world around us, along with practical engagement in mission.

Spirituality and discipleship (Level 4)

Explores different approaches to discipleship, considering various Christian spiritual practices and biblical models for prayer and engaging practically with these in your own life.

Introduction to church history (Level 4)

An overview of church history and its social, cultural, and political context, helping you see how history might have shaped your practice and experience

Pastoral care, ethics and ministry (Level 4)

An introduction to key issues in both pastoral care and ethics, giving you the tools and theological framework to approach pastoral situations, as well as the space to reflect on your own views and experiences.

Bible in context (Level 5)

Considers different approaches to interpreting the Bible and how to read in light of both its original and subsequent contexts, looks at how the Old and New Testaments can be related to each other, and applies this learning to your own engagement with the Bible.

Leadership and theology for ministry and mission (Level 5)

Explores theories and skills in leadership and team working, considering them from a theological and mission focused perspective, integrating biblical and pastoral approaches to leadership, and reflecting on how these can inform your practice.

Developing ministry and worship in context (Level 5)

This module links with your own work or placement to deepen your knowledge and understanding of Christian worship, develop practical skills, and equip you in leading worship, preaching and pastoral care in your context.

Missional theology in global context (Level 5)

Considers theology and approaches to mission from global perspectives and examines contemporary culture, seeing how important understanding context is for our own missional practice.

Missional ecclesiology (Level 5)

An introduction to historical and theological perspectives on ecclesiology and the ways in which the missional church has consistently implemented new approaches, including the opportunity to see how this works out in pioneering settings.

Mission entrepreneurship principles and practice (Level 5)

Also known as Make Good, this module is an introduction to social enterprise and its relevance in mission. A residential week to enable you, with the guidance of experienced practitioners, to take an idea from conception to the initial stages of a business plan (week residential). This is a 10-credit module.

Cross-cultural placement (Level 5)

An opportunity to do a placement in a context or church setting that is different to your own context or prior experience. It’s your choice where you go and you get to spend total 35 hours on the placement – over the year, or one week, or month, this country or overseas – a chance to do something different. This is a 10-credit module.

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