Taught course

Pastoral Ministry

Heythrop College · Pastoral and Social Studies

Entry requirements

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent, in an appropriate subject. It is not essential for the first degree to be in theology. For applicants without an undergraduate degree, academic ability to undertake the programme may be considered on the basis of other evidence, including learning from experience, evidence of prior study or work at an appropriate level, references and interview.

Months of entry


Course content

This new PGCert Pastoral Ministry explores foundations of pastoral theology. It is designed for those already in some form of ministry to support your pastoral reflection and to help you make an informed contribution to contemporary debates on the points of contact between theology and practice. In addition to theology you can also choose a module in either canon law or contemporary ethics to suit your own pastoral context.

The programme consists of two taught modules (one core, plus one optional module). The optional module should be relevant to your pastoral context. In addition, Open Learning Sessions are held at weekends. The core Foundations of Pastoral Theology brings together key theological elements with a reflective approach to Christian ministry. It introduces a range of issues in methodology for pastoral theology; ecclesiology in pastoral ecclesiology; Christian ministry; and theological reflection.

Optional modules include:

  • The Bible in the Life of the Church;
  • Modern Theologies of Liturgy;
  • Spirituality, Religion, and Ethics in Contemporary Healthcare;
  • and Marriage in Canon Law.

Successful completion of this programme may allow students to enrol for the full MA in Pastoral Theology at Heythrop College with advanced standing.

Information for international students

IELTS (taken within two years of the start of your studies at Heythrop) - 6.5 With no less than 6.5 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Find out more about language requirements and other tests on our website.

Fees and funding

UK students

The College has established a new Bursary Fund which is open to postgraduate students starting their studies in September 2013. Bursaries will be awarded to students on the basis of financial need and motivation to study at Heythrop and will be used to reduce the tuition fees charged to students by the College. College bursaries reducing the cost of tuition are also available for New Qualified Teachers, Alumni, and Academic Excellence.

There will be a limited number of bursaries available and applicants should refer to the College website for details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 20 7795 4202
+44 (0) 20 7795 4200