Bachelor top up in Theology, Ministry and Mission


Program Description

For those who have already been awarded the Durham Diploma at St John’s or elsewhere, we offer the opportunity to top-up to the Bachelor of Arts in theology, ministry, and mission, validated by Durham University as part of the Common Awards scheme. The top-up course is designed for all who want to take their theological studies further, including those active in ministry, both lay and ordained.

This part-time course normally takes two years to complete the distance learning programme. All study material is provided online, so some IT skill is necessary. You will work with your designated personal tutor and can converse with other students via Moodle, so it is possible to do this course anywhere in the world at a time and pace that suits you.

If you do not have a Durham Diploma in Theology you can still apply and we will suggest the modules that you will need to complete. In such cases, the course may take longer than two years.

BA top-up modules

To complement what you will have studied for the Diploma you will work on 5 level 6 modules over 2 years. In the first year, you will deepen your study of the New Testament, Christian Doctrine and your Theological Perspective on Christian Ministry. In the second year, you will reflect on your Christian Practice and research for your Dissertation, an opportunity to study in depth a theological topic of your own choice.

The assessment of work is varied, through the media of assignments, reflections, exegeses, book reviews, creating resources for practical use, and portfolios. Your personal tutor will help you prepare for these and offer advice on how to develop your learning. Each module will be marked, with an overall honors grade for the BA when completed.

How to apply

Students who already have a diploma in theology or an equivalent may apply for entry to this course at any time, but we enroll new students in the Autumn of each year. You will be allocated a tutor who will guide you through your studies. Also, you will have access to our online Moodle site with study material, forums, feedback forms and details about the assessment for each module. Simply complete the application form and return it by email to

The deadline for applications is 31st August to start in September.

As part of the application process overseas students will need to supply evidence that any previous overseas study / education is comparable to UK qualifications. This can be done through NARIC

NARIC can also provide evidence of English Language Assessment which is a Durham University requirement for anyone whose first language is not English. Requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes

Fees 2018/19

We keep our fees competitive because we want many to access all our courses. In 2018/19 the annual fee for the BA (top-up) is £1860. This covers your distance tutor, online materials, and the university validation. This fee may be subject to a small rise each year, and as BA (top-up) course takes two years the total fee may be around £3750.

We offer a 5% discount to all those who apply and pay the annual fee by the 31st August. This reduces the annual fee from £1860 to £1767.

For those on a tighter budget, we offer payment by installments. For the BA (top-up) you will pay £620 by 31st August, £620 by 31st December and £620 by 31st March.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a refund if you leave the course during the year. However, it is possible in special circumstances to take a break from your studies, subject to a deferral fee of £80, and return to your studies in the following year.

Last updated Aug 2018

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Our vision here at St John’s is to equip Christians for mission in a world of change. For more than 150 years we’ve pioneered innovation in ministerial training, and we continue to form disciples for ... Read More

Our vision here at St John’s is to equip Christians for mission in a world of change. For more than 150 years we’ve pioneered innovation in ministerial training, and we continue to form disciples for front-line leadership through programmes that are context-based, integrated and relevant. Read less