Numerous students at Westminster are enrolled in postgraduate taught degrees at the master’s level. These programmes can be pursued either full-time or part-time. Interested candidates apply to the the College, except for the Cambridge MPhil, which requires application to both the College and the University. As do our postgraduate research students, postgraduates on taught degrees are significant contributors to life at the College, whether they are pursuing their degrees remotely, living and studying on our campus, or commuting from nearby. Students on these degrees have full access to the College Library, as well as the various libraries of other members of the Cambridge Theological Federation.


Postgraduate awards validated by the University of Durham

Durham’s Common Awards offer a series of graduate-level programmes in Theology, Ministry and Mission. These programmes are suitable for students who possess a strong foundation in theological studies. This includes Christian leaders and practitioners, whether lay or ordained, who want to deepen their knowledge and experience by studying full-time or part-time. They are particularly relevant for clergy pursuing continuing education, which in the case of United Reformed Church ministers would be at Education for Ministry level 3 (EM3).

Graduate Diploma: one year’s study full-time, or two to three years part-time
Postgraduate Certificate: one year’s study full-time (can be completed in 6 months)
Postgraduate Diploma: one year’s study full-time, or two years part-time
Master of Arts (MA): one year’s study full-time, or (more commonly) two to three years’ study part-time

Additional information about these Durham programmes is available here.


Postgraduate awards validated by the University of Cambridge

The Cambridge Diploma in Theology for Ministry (DTM) is a graduate-entry programme designed primarily for individuals preparing for or already involved in authorized Christian ministry or service. It is a vocational award offered by the University of Cambridge. Drawing on the Bachelor of Theology (BTh) programme, this award integrates the rigorous academic study of theology with a focus on pastoral ministry. Candidates do not matriculate within the University and the award may be taken over one year full-time or two years part-time. Recent DTM papers offered can be found here.

The Cambridge Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion is a taught master’s degree course, nine-months full-time (or two years part-time), enabling students to pursue a subject of their interest across the breadth of disciplines taught in the Faculty of Divinity in greater depth or to prepare for doctoral research.

Additional information about the Cambridge DTM and MPhil degrees is available here and here, respectively.


Postgraduate awards validated by Anglia Ruskin University

The Cambridge Theological Federation has recently developed degrees taught by Federation teaching staff and awarded by Anglia Ruskin University. As with the Durham postgraduate taught programmes, these too can be pursued full-time or part-time. The following pathways are available:

Postgraduate Certificate: This certificate consists of two taught modules.
Postgraduate Diploma: This diploma consists of of four modules.
Master of Arts (MA): This degree consists of four modules, plus a 15,000-word dissertation. Completing an MA will normally take one year full-time or two to three years part-time.

Students enrolled in these degrees choose between traditional face-to-face lectures and seminars, or distance learning with online contact, in one of four areas of study:

Contemporary ethics: Learn about the link between moral thinking and its applicability in contemporary contexts.
Contemporary faith and belief: Explore the role of faith and belief in the modern world.
Pastoral care and chaplaincy: Gain and in-depth understanding of Pastoral Theology as it relates to the goals of chaplaincy and care.
Spirituality: Join a lively debate on the meaning and role of spirituality in the context of the Christian traditions and today’s multi-cultural environments.

Additional information about these Anglia Ruskin programmes is available here.


If you would like more information about any of these postgraduate taught programmes, please contact the Tutorial Office (or on 01223 33 06 49), who will then connect you with the Director of Studies if necessary.