The Eastern Region Ministry Course is a member of the Cambridge Theological Federation

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Prospective Students

Independent Students

ERMC accepts applications from independent students for the

  • Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission
  • Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission
  • MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission.

You can study online through our online classroom on Adobe Connect or attend one of our centres in Cambridge, Norwich or St Albans. Independent students are not required to attend the residential weekends, which focus on formational issues for Church sponsored students.

For the PGDip and the MA you may need to attend some classes in Cambridge. Some modules are avilable online.

For fees please see the website of the Cambridge Theological Federation

Please contact us for further details.

Church Sponsored Students (Ordinands and Lay Readers in Training)

Open Day: in February or March each year, ERMC hosts an open morning at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre for those who are thinking of joining ERMC so that you can taste and see what is on offer. If you are interested in coming please contact us. You will normally need approval from your DDO or Director of Training (see below)


ERMC provides non-residential training for ordinands of the dioceses of Chelmsford, Ely, Europe, Norwich, Peterborough, St Albans and St Edmundsbury & Ipswich. Occasonally we also accept ordinands from other dioceses.

For Anglicans thinking about ordination, you need to see your Diocesan Director of Ordinands:

Chelmsford: Philip NeedPeterborough: Stephen Benoy
Ely: Anna MatthewsSt Albans: Quentin Chandler
Europe: William GullifordSt Edmundsbury and Ipswich: Tim Jones
Norwich: David Foster

For Methodists wanting to candidate for student ministry, you will need to be in touch with the person in your District who is in charge of Extending Discipleship, Exploring Vocation (EDEV). Unfortunately ERMC is no longer a validated route ofr Methodist Ordination Training.

Lay Readers and Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMS)

ERMC trains Lay Readers in partnership with the Ely, Norwich, St Albans and St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Reader Training Courses. If you are interested in training for this ministry, you need to see your Diocesan Warden of Readers.

The Admissions Process for Church Sponsored Students

The Admissions Process consists of attending our Open Day and/or an open evenings at the Cambridge, St Albans and Norwich teaching centres, to experience the teaching and community life there. There will be a fairly informal interview to discuss the training we can offer you. All going well you will then receive an acceptance letter and application form as well as more information.

Please note: There will be an induction session in late June or early July - a couple of dates will be available in our centres and an online version can be arranged.

Our term begins with Summer School which takes place in the last full week of August ending on the English Bank Holiday Saturday. For new students the Summer School begins on the Sunday before this.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact us.

Mark Sanders Former DDO for St Edmundsbury and Ipswich recommendation:
“ERMC offers excellent training and formation for ministry. Ordinands speak to me of a  mix of good input, caring support and fellowship from one another which develops them as people as well as helping them grow towards ministry. I believe we are very fortunate to have this resource within the region.”