Study at Westminster

Study at Westminster

Study at Westminster

Around 40 people at any time are studying at Westminster, some residentially. The core are preparing for ordination to the Ministry of Word and Sacraments of the URC. Increasingly you will meet lay people from across the URC and a richly diverse ecumenical and international community with us.

Study opportunities at Westminster range from day courses to full degree programmes and everything in-between. Come and study with us for a day on one of our short courses, audit a module from the suite of Durham Common Awards, or consider enrolling as a student in one of the programmes with CambridgeDurham or Anglia Ruskin University, taught through the Cambridge Theological FederationClick below for further information. 

In addition to following Westminster College’s own policies, students on courses through the Cambridge Theological Federation need to follow Federation policies and procedures. Copies of these policies, including the complaints procedure and the student protection plan, can be found on the Federation’s website at

Applying as a URC Ministerial Candidate? Read our FAQs here: Training as a Student-FAQS

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What our Students say...

Student from Westminster College at her graduation ceremony.

❝I really enjoyed studying at Westminster.  I did not know what to expect, especially as I was studying alongside residential students who were preparing for ordained ministry.  From the first time I was made very welcome and included as part of the community, there was no feeling of not being a ‘proper student’.  I really enjoyed being able to study alongside a diverse group of people, from the federation and get to know some of the sabbatical students. I enjoyed the different modules I studied and appreciated the opportunity to do some ‘intensive’ weeks.

I learnt a lot about myself, about how I cope under pressure, about my own ministry and was challenged a couple of times to consider where God is calling me, something I am still exploring. I also realised I enjoy studying!

Now I have finished this period of study I do feel a little bereft and wonder what to do with my time – I have enjoyed the break but also miss that dedicated time to study.

I would really encourage others to study at Westminster if they have the opportunity, I really appreciated being able to study alongside a wide group of people, and as someone who was not preparing for ordained ministry I wondered if I would be welcome and would cope, and I was.  It is a great place to meet people who practice different ministries in the church and the encouragement that I received was excellent❞.

Jane Henderson, CYDO, East Midlands URC Synod. 

Read Adam’s reflection here: Adam Woodhouse- Third Year Reflection

Wider Campus

❝A developing aspect of our vision is for the Westminster site to be a campus of theological education, spirituality and encounter. We are privileged to share our campus with partner institutions who enrich our life and opportunities to learn together, and offer a wide range of short courses…❞- Neil Thorogood- Principal