The Institute operates a year-round calendar, divided into three terms, one of which is a shorter summer term (Trinity). Modules begin at the start of each term, on a set calendar. Normally new students begin in the Michaelmas Term (Autumn); however, it is possible to begin study on the Certificate Program at the beginning of any term of the year (e.g. in Hilary or Trinity), by arrangement with the Institute. (Why are our semesters/terms named the way they are?)
While our Distance Learning-based resources are generally available 24 hours per day 365 days per year, the Institute office is also staffed Tuesdays-Fridays for queries and other matters, with closures for holidays and feasts as indicated below.
Term Dates: Academic Year 2016-2017
The following are the scheduled Term dates for Academic Year 2016-2017. Enrolled students will automatically be sent registration materials for the subsequent module in their studies before the end of the preceding term. New students begin with the module offered in the first term to begin following their application and acceptance into the Certificate Program.
Academic Year 2016-2017
- Trinity Term (begins 20th June 2017)
- Modules offered this term: The Church in Society
- Term concludes: 13th September 2017
- The normal flow of modules will see progression through the cycle in future terms as follows (subject to modification):
The Certificate Program by Distance Learning operates on a modular basis. Application and enrolment in the Certificate Program is on an open and rolling basis; this means you can apply to the program at any time throughout the year. Once students have been accepted and fully registered for the Certificate Program, modules can be taken up at the next available term’s start date. Subsequently, each module is registered for independently (usually towards the end of the preceding term), with fees for each due only at the time of module registration.
Please note that modules will only be offered in a given term when there are an ample number of students enrolled for that module to provide for an interactive student experience. In the event that not enough students are registered, arrangements may be made for students to take a different module, or to begin at a delayed start date.