Lincoln School of Theology teaches a range of part-time undergraduate programmes validated by Durham University, as part of the suite of 'Common Awards' recognised for ministry training in the Church of England.
Our learning community
We accept students sponsored by the Diocese of Lincoln to train for reader ministry and also
students accepted by the Church and sponsored by a diocese for ordination training.
Independent students who wish to join our learning community and/or discern a ministry are
welcome to discuss their interest with the Principal (who will provide information about course
Our Admissions Policy is available on request. Please contact the Administrator, Lincoln School of Theology.
Part-time ordination training
Part-time ordination training at the Lincoln School of Theology lasts three years and leads to the award of a Diploma of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission. The training comprises: part-time study throughout the academic year (Saturday seminar days, local tutorials, and private study); placements; and a total of 19 days in residence each year (at weekends and at Easter School).
Teaching, learning and assessment
Ordinands study on average 80 credits per year. Readers in training and independent students
normally work towards a total of 60 credits per year.
Teaching for the Certificates and Diploma takes place at Saturday Seminar Days; local tutor groups typically meet on a weekday evening. Teaching for the final two years of the BA (Honours) programme (Level 6) is delivered on a weekday (afternoon/evening).
Unless otherwise stated, seminar days are held at the Lincoln School of Theology in Lincoln.
Assessment is by a range of different methods (including written assignments, essays, exegesis,
reflective journals, presentations, book reviews, group projects and practical tasks).
Certificate of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission (120 credits)
This is the entry level programme (Level 4), which prepares students to learn scripture, prayer and Theology, and introduces topics such as: the Bible; Christian Doctrine & History; Ministry &
Mission; Pastoral Care; Ethics; Christian Worship; Preaching; Spirituality & Discipleship. The
Certificate (120 credits) is normally studied over two years.
Certificate of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission (180 credits)
After satisfactory completion of the 120-credit Certificate (at Level 4), students may take a further 60 credits (Level 5), normally over one year. The 180-credit Certificate is recognised by the Diocese of Lincoln for training for reader ministry.
Students undertake further Biblical study and study topics in Christian doctrine, and education. The Certificate concludes with a module preparing them for ministry.
Diploma of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission (240 credits)
Part-time study for the Diploma normally lasts a total of four years. The Diploma comprises the
same modules as the Certificate (180 credits), plus 60 further credits at Level 5. Topics include the principles & practice of Christian worship, Christianity & interfaith engagement, a placement, and an independent learning project.
Part-time ordination training at the Lincoln School of Theology lasts three years and leads to the award of the Diploma. On average, ordinands study 80 credits per year over the three years.
BA in Theology, Ministry and Mission (360 credits)
Subject to satisfactory completion of the Diploma, students may progress to Level 6 and they study 120 credits over a total of two years, leading to the award of BA (Honours). Compulsory modules focus on Christian worship; mission and evangelism; further Biblical studies; leadership and collaboration; and students undertake an independent learning project. Subject to availability, students choose two of the following four optional modules: Chaplaincy and Contemporary Christian Mission; Scripture and Spiritualities beyond Boundaries; Creative Arts and Christian Ministry and Mission; and Environmental Theology. Not all options are taught every year.
MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission (180 credits) The award, as with all those taught through LST, is validated by Durham University, a world-class university renowned for theology. The MA programme adopted by LST is flexible and includes both taught- and research-based modules. This allows students to take a broad approach to several areas that will inform their ministry and mission, including liturgy, evangelism, rural theology and leadership, and/or focus on a particular theme throughout the programme, therefore looking at biblical, doctrinal and practical aspects of a particular topic. The latter pathway is designed to prepare and enable students to progress to research degrees in their chosen areas of specialism. The MA is taught part-time with students able to take between 40 and 80 credits per year, working towards the 180 credits needed. A typical route would involve two years of taught or guided modules worth 60 credits, and a final year writing up a dissertation worth a further 60 credits.