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Diploma in Theology - University of London International Programmes

Is this programme for me?

Religious beliefs provide a sense of purpose, a source of values and a way of life for many people. The University of London Diploma in Theology, is one of the oldest and most highly respected Theology courses in the world. It will enable you to wrestle with complex issues which go to the heart of who we are as human beings. Christianity will be your main focus, with options to study other religions and/or specialise in areas such as the philosophy of religion and ethics, church history or science and religion.

This programme will enable you to:

  • study questions which are of fundamental human concern, e.g. the purpose of human life, or what happens to us when we die.
  • gain a deeper understanding of individuals and communities who have been influenced by religious belief and understand how these beliefs have shaped societies
  • develop your skills in understanding, analysing and constructing different types of argument, and to present a clear written account of your findings.

Study options

You can choose to study for a Diploma of Higher Education in Theology or a Certificate of Higher Education in Theology. The Diploma and Certificate enable you to gain a University of London award in theology, without committing to a full degree. Also, if you do not meet the entrance requirements for admission to the diploma, you may still be eligible for the Certificate. If you obtain the Diploma or Certificate in Theology you may transfer your registration to the BD and automatically be credited with the courses passed.

You will be able to produce clear written accounts of your knowledge and arguments, analyse texts, and study questions which are of fundamental human concern.

Prestige and career progression

The programmes have been developed by Heythrop College, a specialist College of Theology and Philosophy within the University of London. The skills you will gain are valuable in many walks of life. The ability to understand and analyse complex ideas and to produce a coherent written account is essential in many contexts. Theology is particularly useful not only for those working with one of the churches, but also for those in the teaching profession, the social services, or other occupations that are concerned with people and their values. The managerial and organisational levels of the voluntary sector are also particularly interested in those with theological expertise. For more information please click here.

Diploma in Theology (University of London)

Duration: 2 Years

First Year:

  • Christian Doctrine
  • Old Testament

Second Year

  • Church History: The Church to AD 461
  • Buddhism

Entry requirements:

Either passes in:

  • Two subjects at GCE 'A' Level & at least three further subjects at GCSE or GCE  'O' Level (at no less than Grade C) or
  • Three subjects at GCE 'A' Level (with one 'A' Level at no less Grade D) or
  • Three subjects at GCE 'A' Level & one further subject at GCSE or 'O' Level (at not less than grade C) or
  • Two subjects at GCE 'A' Level & two further subjects at 'AS' Level





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