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Cranmer Hall, St John’s College,

3 South Bailey, Durham DH1 3RJ

Postgraduate courses

Cranmer Hall offers four postgraduate programmes:

  • MA in Theology and Ministry
  • MA in Digital Theology
  • Doctor of Theology and Ministry
  • PhD in Theology (through the Department of Theology and Religion)

In addition we offer training in Consultancy for Mission and Ministry.

The MA in Theology and Ministry is validated by the University of Durham and jointly delivered by Cranmer Hall and the Wesley Study Centre. The course began in 2001 and we have between 80 and 100 students enrolled at any one time. The MA programme is in a process of continuous expansion and development.

The programme aims to develop graduates equipped to play a leading role in the development of Christian mission and ministry in the United Kingdom and throughout the world as practitioners, educators and enablers of the whole people of God.

The MA can be taken in one year full-time or part-time over two or three years. For a 3 year student this means that the MA can be taken either by travelling to Durham for up to 20 ‘teaching Thursdays’ or by approximately 10 days residence per year.

Modules can be taken from those offered by Cranmer Hall and the Wesley Study Centre  and also one module from the MA in Theological Research offered by the University of Durham Department of Theology and Religion or from the School of Applied Social Sciences.

The normal entrance requirement for the MA in Theology and Ministry is a first- or good second-class honours degree in Theology, Religious Studies or a related subject. Graduates in other disciplines who have studied theology to at least Certificate level may also be admitted to the programme. All candidates should have recent or current experience of the practice of Christian ministry.

Further details can be found in the MATM Guide.

For enquiries or applications please contact enquiries@cranmerhall.com

We are pleased to offer an MA in Digital Theology, the first degree of its kind across the world. The course is delivered by the CODEC Digital Research Centre, based at St John’s College, Durham, in close partnership with Cranmer Hall. It offers a new and unique opportunity for theological reflection on digital culture and its impact on contemporary religious practice – especially within the context of Christianity.

For an outline of the course click here, or for further details see the MADT Guide.

For more information, course prospectus and information on fees and entry requirements, contact: enquiries@cranmerhall.com

The Doctor of Theology and Ministry is a programme of Durham University run in collaboration between the Department of Theology and Religion and the training colleges: Cranmer Hall and the Wesley Study Centre. It is a six year part-time or 3 year full time programme based on a practical theology approach to issues in ministry.

Applicants are normally expected to have an MA in theology or religious studies and current or recent experience of ministry. At present there are about 30 people in the programme, which works through a combination of taught modules, an annual summer school and supervised research.

Further details can be found in the DThM Handbook, available on the Department of Theology and Religion website.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Jocelyn Bryan, 0191 334 3853, j.m.bryan@durham.ac.uk; for applications please contact 0191 3343929 or email: theo.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk.

Read about a DThM student experience from Glen Packiam, Associate Senior Pastor, New Life Church; Lead Pastor, New Life Downtown, Colorado Springs:

Glenn Packiam “I chose the DThM at Durham not only because of Durham’s prestige and theological legacy, but also because of the program’s emphasis on making an original contribution to the field through an inter-disciplinary approach with practical ministry outcomes. Learning to combine sociological research with theological reflection is making me not only a better scholar, but also a better pastor. Furthermore, the design of the DThM, with its part-time and long-distance option, fits the demands of my life in full-time vocational ministry in America. Finally, the other ministry leaders and practitioners in the program are an amazing community, providing friendship and support along the way. I consistently recommend the DThM at Durham to all the research-loving, academically-inclined, ministry professionals I know!” – Glen Packiam

We are delighted to offer training in consultancy skills for church-based contexts. This is relevant and accessible to any whose ministry involves consulting or advisory roles at a level wider than the individual church. The course is taught in two residential blocks in Durham by the Revd David Dadswell, an experienced priest, consultant, and teacher.

There is reading and work to undertake in preparation for and between the blocks, to help participants apply the skills to the contexts in which they are currently operating. This training can be accessed as a standalone course, or as part of a postgraduate qualification in Theology & Ministry from Durham University (Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or MA; entry requirements apply).

For more details see this flyer or email enquiries@cranmerhall.com.