Considering theological study?
What is an ‘independent’ student at Trinity?
Our independent students are those Trinity students not currently training for ordination in the Church of England, but seeking theological education for a wide variety of reasons and vocational goals. [Why study theology if you aren’t becoming a vicar?]
Craft your own programme
Unlike our ordinands, as an independent student, you have the freedom to select many of your own modules, crafting a programme of study that fits your needs and interests. Our theology programmes include the Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Graduate Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma, Master of Arts, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy. Our MA students have only one compulsory module (Research and Reflection: Resources and Methods) and our undergraduate students are able to select the modules they’d like to complete within required subject areas. Our programmes are accredited by the Universities of Durham and Aberdeen. To find out more, click on an option below. You can learn more about our library and learning and disability support here.
Learn in community and in context
Full-time independent students have the option to be connected with church placement experiences, pastoral groups (smaller groups of students who meet weekly with a designated Trinity tutor), and times set aside for practicing spiritual disciplines in our wider community. [What can you gain from studying in the Trinity community?]
An independent student is selected each year to participate in our Student Exec, and Trinity Tutor in New Testament Dr Jamie Davies serves as Tutor for Independent Students. Both the exec rep and tutor act as liaisons to represent our independent students in the college leadership, and are available to hear any concerns, questions, or ideas.
Our independent students also have the option to meet weekly on Friday mornings in an ‘independent hub’ group facilitated by Tutor in New Testament Dr Jamie Davies and Tutor in Christian Doctrine Dr Justin Stratis for encouragement, support, and ongoing book discussions. Recent discussions have included Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Discipleship and The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr.
Which programme is right for you?
To request a prospectus, schedule a visit, or if you have any questions about how what we offer might fit your situation and needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to find out more about our fees and funding. Below you can find more information about modes of study, whether full time in our Bristol community, full time remaining in your current context, part time through our Tuesday evening programme, or engaging in study at the postgraduate level.
Faculty, staff, and trustees
Whether you’re engaging with higher education for the first time or returning to it after many years, it can be a challenge to get into (or back into) the patterns and habits of study.
We’ve tried to provide the basic practical information you’ll need to help you get your head around what’s involved in studying with us, but if there’s anything else you want to know just get in touch.
Whether you’re training for ordination or delving into theology for another purpose, the community in which you immerse yourself for this period of study will impact how you learn and grow.
It’s the place where key support networks form, patterns of prayer and worship are established, new theological and spiritual realisations occur, and a stronger sense of where God is calling you emerges. So take your time over this decision, get advice from people who know you well and pray carefully through all your options.
How to get to know us better:
- Download a prospectus for a better sense of who we are and what we do.
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
- Read our blog to engage with ideas from our faculty and students.
- Visit us! The reason students choose Trinity is because of the community of fellow students, faculty, staff, and families who will come alongside you on this journey. Book a spot on an Open Day or plan a personal visit to chat with our lecturers, ask questions of current students, walk around the buildings, and see whether this community is the right fit for you.
- Fill in our online application form. If you are a prospective research student, please use the application form for research students. If you are an ordinand who wishes to pursue a research programme, please fill in both forms and submit your research application by either 1 Oct or 15 January to allow your application to be reviewed in time by the Church of England’s Research Degree Panel.
- On completion of the form we can be in touch about booking an interview, so we can talk with you about your spiritual journey, your education and work experiences, and your sense of God’s calling–helping both you and us discern if Trinity is the place God wants you to be.
- If you are a prospective ordinand or independent student with questions, call 0117 968 0254 or email email@example.com.
- If you are a prospective research student with questions, call 0117 968 0268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.