The UST Graduate Diploma in Theology is a highly flexible and innovative course, accessible off-campus in Learning Communities around the world. It brings a world-class theological education within reach geographically, financially, and in terms of time commitment. Embedding students in a spiritually formative community within a local church context, it offers an exciting and valid alternative for those for whom three years of full-time campus study is simply not an option.


Global quality, local access

Accessed exclusively through church-centred Learning Communities, our GDip students enjoy the best of both worlds: the quality of theological teaching, monitoring and resourcing worthy of the very best seminary (utilising Union’s learning management system and digital library), together with the convenience and added value of sharing and growing together in vibrant local settings under the care and guidance of an experienced Lead Mentor.

The GDip* is designed for those who already have a basic theological knowledge (either through a ministry training course or from private study) as well as some ministry experience. Whether you are just starting out, or are an established church leader who has simply missed out on a formal theological education, the GDip could well be your ideal solution.

The course covers all foundational aspects of theology, while offering various options (including biblical languages) to meet differing needs. Union’s Values of Delighting in God, Growing in Christ, Serving the Church and Blessing the World inform every module, and both personal spiritual formation and development of practical skills are a priority.

*All awards are subject to ongoing validation discussions

Essential Information

Course structure

Biblical Theological Applied

Studies in the Old & New Testaments
Steffen Jenkins & Cor Bennema

Hebrew Grammar (option 1)
Iwan Rhys Jones

Greek Grammar
(option 2)
Steffen Jenkins

English Exegesis (option 3)
Peter Mead

Studies in Systematic Theology
Robert Letham

Turning Points in Church History
Lee Gatiss & Michael Reeves

Studies in Preaching & Pastoral Theology
Raymond Ortlund & Peter Mead

Church & Mission
Shaun Rossi & Glen Scrivener

Module Overview

The UST Graduate Diploma course corresponds to Level 6 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (equivalent to the final year of a BA (Hons) degree), and is designed to be completed in two years part-time study.

Prospective students should already possess some ministry experience and a good degree in any subject. Those without a previous degree, who are otherwise considered suitable, may undertake the course on a non-accredited basis. The regular entry point for study is September of each year. Applications for a September start should be submitted by 30th June.We will accept applications after this date, however we cannot guarantee that they will be processed in time for the beginning of the academic year.

Six 20 credit modules are made available in alternate years (3 modules one year and three the next) so that new students study the same modules as students in their second year. Successful completion of the six modules (totalling 120 credits) will lead to the award of the Graduate Diploma in Theology.

The GDip can be taken as a standalone programme or as the foundation for a Masters degree. An average mark of at least 60% is required to be eligible for entry to the Masters programme. (Requirements vary slightly for GDip students who enrolled on the GDip prior to 2017/18.)

Students will typically need to study around 20-25 hours per week over the 22 teaching weeks of each academic year. This includes the one study day a week generally spent in the Learning Community. Two additional revision weeks and three exam weeks are spread over the two semesters of each academic year.

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Next Steps

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