Union School of Theology

The UST Graduate Diploma in Theology (GDip) provides a robust education in biblical, theological and pastoral studies to equip students for fruitful ministry. Plus, by joining LCM’s Learning Community, you will be guided by LCM’s experienced urban mission leaders alongside like-minded students.

If you already have a university degree and a good biblical foundation, this is the course for you. It’s equivalent to the final year of a BA degree.

We partner with UST to deliver this course, by acting as a London Learning Community for students. So, while teaching and assessment is delivered by UST (lectures are online – either live or pre-recorded), you become part of our community supported by an LCM mentor.

The course runs over two years, and is part-time and flexible. You benefit from world-class teaching and resources, while studying in your community alongside existing church, work or family commitments.

Many graduates go on to serve as assistant pastors, church planters, youth and children’s workers and evangelists. Others choose to continue their studies on the UST Masters programme.

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Apply by 30th July
Two years

Who's the course for?

Someone with a university degree and a good biblical foundation, who wants to prepare for ministry or simply has an interest in theology.

The GDip can be taken as a stand-alone programme or as the foundation for a masters degree. Many people study alongside existing ministry roles, work and family commitments.


The course is validated by The Open University

A GDip is equivalent to the final year of a BA (Hons) degree

It corresponds to Level 6 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications


Lectures are online (live or pre-recorded)

The Learning Community meets at LCM HQ in Tower Bridge Road on Fridays


£3,400 (academic year 2022-23)


A two-year course, made up of two 11-week semesters each year

20-25 hours study is involved each week of the course

One day a week in the local Learning Community

Training Overview

The course is founded on the belief that learning alongside others is vital to gospel-hearted theological education. GDip students meet weekly as a community to grow together theologically, personally and spiritually, so they are fully equipped for gospel ministry.

The programme covers foundational aspects of biblical studies, church history, systematic theology and pastoral and preaching studies. Students can also choose to learn Hebrew or Greek.

The GDip is made up of six 20-credit modules, and the diploma is awarded when all six modules (120 credits) have been successfully completed. Each year includes one biblical studies module, one theological studies module and one pastoral studies module.

Alan Black

Alan is LCM’s Director of Studies. He has a particular focus on teaching biblical and theological studies, missional ecclesiology and cross-cultural studies. Alan led independent evangelical churches for many years.

Felix Aremo

Felix is a Bible teacher, evangelistic speaker and mission theologian. He trains Christian leaders and gospel workers in mission, specifically urban apologetics, cross-cultural disciple-making and building diverse gospel communities.

Efrem Buckle

Efrem joined London City Mission in 2014 to help establish our Pioneer Programme. Now, he’s our Director of Training and Mentoring, responsible for strengthening the impact and increasing the reach of our training. Efrem is also LCM's deputy Chief Executive.

How to apply

For more information and to apply, go to https://www.ust.ac.uk/learning/course/gdip

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