The Graduate Diploma course is for anyone who has an undergraduate degree and wants to spend a year developing their knowledge of the Bible, learning relevant skills for Christian ministry and developing their own spiritual discipline and devotion.
The skills and knowledge acquired on this course are an excellent preparation to serve in Christian ministry, mission and leadership. It also gives you the confidence and skills to bring the Gospel into the workplace or lead in a church or community context. The academic teaching on the course also allows progression onto a Masters of Theology and further research.
You can study a range of theological topics and gain a breadth of understanding about the biblical studies, ministry, mission, and investigate many contemporary religious issues. You have the flexibility on this course to choose the modules which best prepare you for your Christian Calling. See below for all the options.
The Graduate Diploma can be studied intensively in one year or part time over two years.
Those interested in completing the Graduate Diploma should apply on this website. It should take about an hour to fill out the form. We are looking for details of your education background, details of your experience of serving in a church or Christian Ministry. an email address for your 2 references, as well as some information about you and why you want to study this course.
Once we have received your references we will be in contact to arrange a 20 minute interview at the College, or by Skype if you are outside of NI.
After the interview we would be able to offer you a place on the course either unconditionally or a conditional offer of future exam results.
Students taking the programme are required to complete six undergraduate modules over one academic year.
The course has been praised for the wide variety of assessment options, the assignments for each module will be chosen to help you to interact more deeply with key elements of the subject, including written essays, journals, class quizzes and presentations.
Each assignment will be introduced by the class teacher, and you will receive detailed feedback on each to help you improve your skills in this area.
See individual modules for assessment required.
The GradDip allows students to work towards a recognised qualification that leaves students well placed to pursue further postgraduate study or to enter into a range of ministry situations.
The course is available as a stand-alone qualification or can lead to further study on the MTh programme.
Those who wish to proceed to the MTh programme must obtain a pass of 60% in each of the six modules within the Graduate Diploma.
University Of Cumbria
This course is delivered in partnership with the University of Cumbria. The teaching is designed and delivered by the Bible College lecturers while the course is validated by the University of Cumbria to ensure it is of an appropriate standard. You will graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Theology from the University of Cumbria. www.cumbria.ac.uk
The Personal Development and Discipleship module focuses on the student’s spiritual development and beyond this, each module will challenge the student’s spiritual understanding in different ways.
Moreover the wider BBC experience, being part of a multicultural, interdenominational evangelical community, leads to further growing in relationship both with others and with God. As with all development it isn’t always easy, but it does lead to a deeper relationship.
Graduates from this course can enter into a broad range of careers; full time Christian ministry in the UK or overseas, leading or working in churches, Youth Work. The skills learnt are also highly desirable by many workplace employers.
Learning & Teaching
As a student on the Graduate Diploma in Theology, you will receive on average 7.5 hours of timetabled teaching per week over the course of the year. This will involve a combination of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, and skills classes. The contact time for a module will normally all take place over one morning or afternoon each week to give students flexibility in their use of time.
However learning is about more than contact time. Typically classroom teaching and learning will form nearly 20% of the time you will spend on your studies. In the other 80% you will be expected to be doing your own independent work to build upon what you have learned in class, prepare for the next class and complete your assignments.
Each tutor will provide you with detailed reading lists and other materials to guide you. All tutors are available upon appointment for one-to-one meetings, guidance and support.
You can cover a range of subjects in the GradDip, including church history, systematic theology, biblical theology, and practical theology. The exact style of learning will vary from module to module depending upon how we can best help you to learn in this particular area. There will be interactive lectures introducing the main issues in the area. There will be also be small group work and discussions which will help you to articulate your own views and interact with the views of others in this interdenominational and multicultural environment.
Here's a list of some of the potential modules we hope to run for the Graduate Diploma. Contact the Admissions office for a full list of the modules running this year.