The Diploma in Theology for Ministry (DTM)

The Diploma in Theology for Ministry (DTM) is a graduate-entry programme designed to help those with a first degree (minimum 2:1) outside of theology gain an undergraduate grounding in the subject in a year (full-time) or over two years (part-time). 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.

Students from a wide variety of backgrounds are admitted to the DTM. The course is aimed primarily at individuals who want to explore their Christian vocation or service. Students study alongside undergraduates taking the BTh as well as students in the Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion Tripos in teaching delivered by lectures and classes. Students are also required to complete a ministry placement. Supervisions provide individual or small group teaching through written work and feedback. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to undertake independent reading and study to consolidate what is being taught. Supervisions are exclusively for DTM and BTh students and candidates for the DTM do not matriculate within the University.

The DTM 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 choose from the full range of BTh programmes (including Biblical studies, Christian doctrine, liturgy, spirituality, inter-faith relations and pastoral theology). There are three compulsory elements: Paper BTh 51 (Practical Theology: Reflective Pastoral Practice), which is based on candidates’ experiences of their ministry placement,a reflective report on a ministry context of 3,000 words, and a dissertation (8,000–10,000 words). The course is intensive, with classes held across the week during term time for those studying full-time or part-time. Assessment is by essay, examination and dissertation.

Students are required to apply for admission to the DTM through, and become a member of, one of the Federation’s Houses. Students for whom English is a second language need an IELTS score of 7.0.

Full details of the course including fees can be found on the CTF website:

If you are interested in applying please contact Dr Sean Ryan: