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One of the key functions of Union College is the training of students for the ordained ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI).

The programme of training is:-

  • determined by the General Assembly of PCI;
  • overseen by its Board of Christian Training;
  • delivered at Union College as well as a number of 'recognised colleges' elsewhere.

The normal requirement for students training for the PCI Ministry is to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry, which is usually combined with a BD/BTh or with an MDiv degree (depending on the applicant's qualifications and preference). This is a three year course. Details of these standard pathways can be found by following the pathways link.

In the case of students who have already completed theological studies at another institution, individualised pathways are agreed with the student by the Director of Ministerial Studies. Those who study at Union College for at least two years will normally qualify for the Posgraduate Diploma in Ministry; and those who come for one year will normally qualify for the Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry.

If you are not a candidate for ordained ministry in PCI, but are open to the possibility of giving it serious and prayerful consideration, please contact: Rev. Ronnie Hetherington, Director of Ministerial Studies.  028 9020 5088