Student Ministry GradDip

This two year part-time programme is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than theology, and who can demonstrate experience in student ministry (paid or voluntary). Consideration is given to applicants who are not graduates of a Bachelor’s programme but who have significant experience in student ministry and who wish to study on the programme.

Whilst I felt slightly apprehensive about the 2 years of study with essays to write, I was excited to begin a new season of life where I've found a great place to learn and grow in my faith personally, as well as to develop my ministry. It’s a blessing to be part of this community to dream big, seek God together and encourage one another as we join in the mission of Jesus in our different contexts. If you’re considering joining the Student Ministry GradDip, I would 100% say - go for it!
Louise Grainger
GradDip in Kingdom Theology & Student Ministry Student

The Graduate Diploma in Kingdom Theology & Student Ministry is:

  • Designed for individuals currently involved in student ministry
  • Integrating a strong emphasis on Spirit-filled ministry
  • Providing a chance to learn from a variety of experts in the field within a dynamic learning environment

  Giving you the opportunity to:
  • Join with others involved in ministering to university students and who share a vision for preparing and inspiring students for a life of mission and discipleship at university and beyond
  • Study and reflect on the unique challenges and opportunities of student ministry with an excellent teaching team of academics and practitioners
  • Establish a long-term support community for student ministers

This programme is validated by the University of Chester.

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Ed Earnshaw

Student Ministry Programme Director

Ed's faith came alive at University and he now loves seeing Students discover Jesus and get stuck into church. He is excited about helping people step into their student mission calling and thrive as practitioners. He is based in Nottingham and works as a Student Mission Developer for Fusion and has several years experience as a Church Student Worker. He is also currently studying with WTC.


Pippa Elmes

Fusion Ministry Training Leader

Pippa has worked for Fusion since 2010 and is Fusion’s Ministry Training Leader, overseeing Fusion’s training and support for student workers and their teams. She is passionate about seeing people grow in confidence and maturity in their student ministry calling and practice. She loves musical theatre and good food and lives in York with her husband Al.


Rich Wilson

Fusion Movement Leader

Rich is the Fusion Movement Leader and has been involved with student ministry for over 20 years. Inspired by the great student-led revivals of the past, Rich has a vision to see all students discipled, equipped and released as prophetic, missional, world-changing firebrands. He supports Man-City, is a serious BBQer and lives in Loughborough with his wife Ness and two daughters.

More about the Student Ministry GradDip:

This two year part-time programme offers foundational modules in Biblical studies, Church history, spirituality, and Christian beliefs. Students then build on these foundations with modules in student mission, church and student culture, catalysing spiritual formation, mature student ministry, and professional formation. This Graduate Diploma is designed for men and women involved in student ministry through the local church. The Student Ministry Grad Dip is for graduates (in subjects other than theology) and also acts as an entry qualification for the MA in Kingdom Theology.

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This module outlines the essential professional principles and practices needed for developing a good student ministry. The objective is to give students a foundational understanding of these elements and their importance, and to help students practically implement them in their own ministry.

This module outlines the importance of, and approaches to student mission, as well as the essential spiritual formation principles that are key to effective mission among students. All of the teaching in this module includes and is founded upon theological and ministerial ideas and principles.

Reflect upon the call to develop excellence for church planters and what that looks like in practice. This module will equip you to strengthen your ministry practice through diligence and confidence in communication, public speaking, self-awareness, team and people-management, and conflict resolution while helping you consider these things from a biblical perspective.

*WTC reserves the right to change modules as appropriate.

For full programme delivery details, please visit the Programme Delivery page.

In addition to the Residential and Hub delivery, there will Mini-Residentials for both the first and second year students.

Year 1

  • 28th & 29th October 2022, venue TBC (Church & Student Culture)

Year 2

  • 28th & 29th October 2022, venue TBC (Maturing a Student Ministry)
  • 2nd & 3rd February 2023 in Bristol (Student Mission)
  • 3rd & 4th February 2023 in Bristol (Professional Formation)
  • 24th & 25th March 2023, venue TBC (Catalysing Spiritual Formation)


This programme is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than theology, and who can demonstrate experience in student ministry (paid or voluntary). If you do not yet have any experience in student ministry, but would like to explore the possibility of studying this programme, please do contact us.

As part of the application process, applicants will have up to two interviews: an initial interview with the Programme Director which will help the applicant understand the programme’s aims and outcomes, and to check that the programme is a good fit for their ministerial needs. If necessary, a second interview will take place with the Dean of Postgraduate Studies to determine the applicant’s ability to complete the course successfully.

  • Generally, a Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • For those without a Bachelor’s degree, but with professional qualifications or relevant experience, please contact us to discuss your eligibility for the Graduate Diploma.
  • If English is not your first language, please see the English Language requirements on the Admissions page.

Consideration is given to applicants who are not graduates of a Bachelor’s programme but who have significant experience in student ministry and who wish to study on the programme. In these cases, applicants would be interviewed by both the Programme Director, and the Dean of Postgraduate Studies to establish their ability to complete the course successfully. 


The cost of this programme is £4,000 per year, which includes a £400 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place after receiving an offer.

Deadline: 31st July

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