What is the Lincoln School of Theology?

The LST is a Theological Education Institute (TEI) offering qualifications in Theology, Mission and Ministry within the national Common Awards scheme validated by the University of Durham. It is part of the College of St Hugh, a Department of the Diocese of Lincoln that seeks to equip the whole people of God across greater Lincolnshire for Christian mission and ministry, and to enable all to tale their next step in faith.

The main reasons that people study at the LST are:

  • training for licensed or ordained ministry;
  • deepening reflective practice and theological development for those already in licenced or ordained ministry; or
  • pursuing personal interest and discipleship as an independent student.

Sponsored students – those whose vocation and/or ministry has been formally recognised by the Diocese (and national Church) – receive their tuition free of charge. Fees for independent students are extremely generous. Please get in touch to ask about the latest fees charged. Students can study for a number of academic awards, including the Foundation Award, 120 credit or 180 credit certificates, Diplomas, BA or MA degrees.

What is our vision? 

The Lincoln School of Theology’s core mission is to prepare students for licenced and ordained ministries within the Church of England. To this end we will:

  • Structure our curriculum design and delivery around the national Church’s plan to equip ministers who are collaborative, flexible, adaptive and diverse, giving due attention to the church’s vision and strategy to be a church of missionary disciples, offering a mix of inherited and new models of ministry, and growing churches to be larger and more diverse.
  • Serve the Diocese of Lincoln’s vision of collaborative ministry that serves the people of the Diocese at every age and style, helping each to take the next step in the journey of faith.
  • Strive for excellence in academic standards, in harmony with personal formation and continued vocational discernment.

Meet the Team

 Hugh Jones - Principal of LST and Warden of the College of St Hugh

 Sarah Lawrence - Director of Studies

 Clare Lindsay - Academic Officer

 Alice Maikuma - Administrator for the College of St Hugh 

You can get in touch with us by emailing [email protected]

Studying at the LST 

Modules offered each year will vary, but the following shows the modules typically taught at the different levels we offer.

Ordinands usually study for four years (to gain a Diploma in Theology for Mission and Ministry), although it is possible to complete the Diploma in three years. Reader candidates typically study for three years (to gain a 180 credit certificate).

After ordination and licencing, curates and Readers are invited to continue studying with the LST as part of their Initial Ministerial Education, phase 2, although this is not required. Depending on their educational background and the number of credits they study with us, they may be able to gain a BA (if they complete level 6) or an MA (if they complete level 7) in Theology for Mission and Ministry.

Study at level 6 and 7 is based on reflection on ministerial practice, so would only be suitable for people to study who are engaged in a significant amount of lay or ordained ministry.

Most 20 credit modules involve 200 hours of study, of which 20 hours is taught content, typically consisting of two Saturdays (9-4pm) in Lincoln and 6 Tuesday evening sessions taught online (7-9pm). The remaining is personal study time, and tutorials are also offered.

Students who are training with us to prepare for ordained or Reader ministry will also need to attend the Ministerial Pathway sessions, which include one Saturday and one residential weekend each term, plus a five day residential at Easter (this is optional for Reader candidates).

Foundation award (First Year - level 4 part 1)

  • TMM1211 Foundations for theology and reflective practice (20 credits, L4)
  • TMM1031 Introduction to the Bible (20 credits, L4)
  • TMM1551 Growing Together in Christ: Worship and Spirituality (20 credits, L4)

Second Year (level 4 part 2)

  • TMM1131 Introduction to Christian Doctrine and History (20 credits, L4)
  • TMM1191 Informal Learning with Young People and Children (20 credits, L4)
  • TMM1047 Methods of Reading the Bible (10 credits, level 4)
  • TMM1627 Introduction to Missionary Movements and the Gospel in a Global Context (10 credits, level 4)

Third and Fourth Year (Level 5)

  • TMM2697 Old Testament Text Study (10 credits, L5)
  • TMM2257 Christianity and Inter Faith Engagement (10 credits, L5)
  • TMM2237 Sustaining the World: Christian Faith and the Environment (10 credits, L5)
  • TMM2117 Selected Topic in Christian Doctrine (10 credits, L5)
  • TMM2551 Corporate Engagement with Context B (20 credits, L5)
  • TMM2687 New Testament Text Study (10 credits, L5)
  • TMM2167 Introduction to Christian Ethics (10 credits, L5)
  • TMM2451 Missional Ecclesiology (20 credits, L5)

Level 6

  • TMM3591 Reflective Practice: Christian Worship (20 credits, L6)
  • TMM3581 Reflective Practice: Leadership and Collaboration (20 credits, L6)
  • TMM3491 Further Reflective Practice in Context (Long) (20 credits, L6)
  • TMM3011 Further Biblical Studies (20 credits, L6)
  • TMM3711 Relationships and Emotional Management (20 credits, L6)
  • TMM3341 Independent Learning Project (Long) (20 credits, L6)

Level 7

  • TMM43420 Reflective Practice: Christian Worship (20 credits, L7)
  • TMM43320 Reflective Practice: Leadership and Collaboration (20 credits, L7)
  • TMM44020 Mission and Ministry in Rural Contexts (20 credits, L6)
  • TMM40220 Advanced Biblical Studies (20 credits, L7)
  • TMM44120 Relationships and Emotional Management (20 credits, L7)
  • TMM4220 Research and Reflection: Resources and Methods (20 credits, L7)
  • TMM42360 Dissertation in Theology, Ministry and Mission (60 credits, L7)


Study at Lincoln School of Theology is open to all those who fulfil any stated academic requirement in respect of the courses of study offered. It aims to welcome everyone so qualified, irrespective of age, gender, nationality, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Students with recognised mobility or learning difficulties are also welcome to study with us. Please give information about these when you apply so that we can make a plan to support you with your needs.  

How do I apply to study at Lincoln School of Theology?

If there are any questions about Lincoln School of Theology and to apply, please contact the Academic Officer Clare Lindsay: [email protected]

Applications should be completed by mid July in the year in which you propose to begin your studies. You may be invited to come in for a short interview to discuss what you hope to do.