Explore full-time residential study as an independent student

As an independent “gathered learner”  you will be just as immersed in the residential community as our ordinands, fully involved in the spiritual, social and academic life of the college.

As an independent student at Trinity, you will:

  • Grow, laugh, pray, discuss, eat, and worship immersed in a learning community of passionate fellow disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • Participate in seminars as well as smaller tutor groups with tutors who will challenge you to understand the Bible with greater depth.
  • Find that your spouse and your family are embraced into a community with strong support systems, including Connect for student spouses and Muddy Boots Day Nursery.
  • Grow in your practice of spiritual disciplines; you can use your time at Trinity to prioritise taking time to listen to God.
  • Make the most of this unique time of study to reflect more deeply on the Bible and on your relationships with God and others, and on how to take this into the next stage of your life, whether in ministry, leadership or elsewhere.

If you need any help in deciding whether independent study at Trinity is right for you, we’re here for you and will prayerfully support you in your decision-making – just email admissions@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 117 968 0254.

What independent study at Trinity looks like

Sunday: A free day. If you need help finding a local church to make your own while you’re at Trinity, we can help you find one – just ask!

Monday: A study day, usually free from formal college commitments so that you have time to read, write, and reflect on what you’re learning.

Tuesday/Thursday: On weekday mornings we meet for Morning Prayer in the chapel; this is optional for independent students, but most attend the services. Our main lecture days are Tuesdays, with additional classes on Thursdays and Fridays, depending on the your study programme and particular module choices. Our School of Leadership meets on Thursday afternoons, as do the postgraduate research seminars.

Wednesday: Set aside for personal spiritual development, with set time for quiet, small group worship and support in tutor groups, as well as personal contemplation and prayer. Independent students have the opportunity to be fully involved in this.

Friday: The day includes Communion together in the morning. While our ordinands meet in groups to discuss Anglican Story, Ethos and Practice, independent students are invited to participate in a tutor-led independent reading group.

Read more about our fees here. We also have various scholarships available – you can find out more here.

If you have further questions, just get in touch with our admissions team and they’ll be happy to talk with you about the financial implications of your training.


Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Three-year Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Postgraduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Master of Arts in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Modes of Study

Ordination Training

Theological Study (Independent)


Postgraduate research

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