Considering theological study?

The deadline for applications for full-time independent study in September 2020 is 16 July 2020. Admission onto the part-time Tuesday evening course and admission for Church of England ordinands remains open past this deadline. Contact admissions@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk with any questions.

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.

Independent hub

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?

Questions?

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 admissions@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk. 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.

Explore full-time study in community

Explore dispersed learning

Explore part-time study

Explore postgraduate research

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