Bachelor of Theology for Ministry (BTh)

The University of Cambridge has always provided a context for formation and training in Christian ministry. Today, working in partnership with the theological colleges and institutes of the Cambridge Theological Federation, the Faculty of Divinity offers the Bachelor of Theology for Ministry (BTh) degree. Students from a wide variety of backgrounds are admitted for the BTh.

The BTh is a two-year accelerated undergraduate degree in theology. It is studied on a full-time basis only. Applicants must normally have a previous degree in another subject at the level of a first or 2:1. The Cambridge Divinity Faculty will expect to see a sample of written work. Students must apply through and hold membership in one of the Federation Houses and must also be matriculated through a Cambridge University college. Some prior theological study is preferable. Students for whom English is a second language need an IELTS score of 7.0.

The BTh provides a stimulating academic environment and an unparalleled educational experience through which students can reach their intellectual potential in preparing for Christian ministry and service. Students examine the theologies, scriptures, histories, philosophies, doctrines and practices of Christianity, both within their own traditions and through comparative approaches. Current developments in scholarship and research and critical reflection on pastoral experience are central to the aims of the course, which also includes a number of compulsory ministry placements.

The BTh is taught within the Cambridge Theological Federation. As well as attendance at lectures and seminars, the BTh offers a particular emphasis on small-group teaching and regular supervision. Many subjects are team-taught by teachers from across the Federation, whilst others are taught alongside Tripos students in the Divinity Faculty. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to undertake independent reading and study to consolidate what is being taught.

In addition to the compulsory pastoral portfolio in which candidates are asked to respond to their experiences of their ministry placements, candidates complete four full papers (or the equivalent number of full and half papers) from a list provided by the Divinity Faculty each year. In the second year, candidates may choose to substitute one of the full papers for a dissertation. Candidates are also required to take a biblical language paper in the first year, and may choose to take an additional language paper in the second year, but this is not required.

For more information about this degree, including fees:

If you are interested in applying please contact Dr Sean Ryan