Theology (with Foundation Year)UCAS Code: Combined Honours only – see combinations tab|Duration: 4 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Work placement opportunities|International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
About the course
Across 2,000 years, the Christian tradition has provoked an immense wealth of theological ideas, has adapted itself to many cultural forms and has shaped human minds and events. This degree offers you the opportunity to study Christianity from a number of perspectives – historical, doctrinal, pastoral and contextual – so that you will acquire expertise in finding your way through this complex and rich field of study.
The degree includes the academic study of the Christian Bible and embodies our commitment to take faith seriously, whilst at the same time to be intellectually stretching, stimulating and challenging. The teaching staff in the Department represent a broad range of Christian traditions, and are all published experts in their own particular fields. We have an extensive library collection in theology and religion, amounting to well over 100,000 volumes in total, and we are investing significantly in enhancing this even further, particularly with electronic resources.
By exploring the textual, historical, political and philosophical aspects of theology, our provision in this area provides you with a holistic and in-depth appreciation of the subject.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars, which are smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which are typically no more than 10 students. There will also be the opportunity to meet your tutor on a one-to-one basis each week.
For the Theology part of your Combined Honours degree, you will have approximately 6 teaching hours in your first year of study, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as group study to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
Assessment and feedback
During your degree, you will have a number of assessments, including an initial short exercise so that you receive feedback early in your studies, presentations, essays, portfolios and exams. In your final year, you will complete an independent research project or dissertation, using skills you have developed over the first two years of study.
You will receive your feedback via the University’s Virtual Online Learning Environment (Moodle), and you are also welcome to discuss the feedback with your tutors.
The Foundation Year is a great opportunity if you have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualifications required to enter directly onto our degree programmes. A significant part of the Foundation Year focuses upon core skills such as academic writing at HE level, becoming an independent learner, structuring academic work, critical thinking, time management and note taking.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year (Level C) of your chosen honours degree. Further details can be found here.
God, Christ and Humanity: Christian Theology to 1453
Your first year is an introduction to the study of Christianity, using the dynamic relationship between the material and the spiritual as a key focus. Time will also be spent introducing you to Biblical Studies and understanding the ways in which the Christian understanding of the Christ and the Trinity developed in the early church.
Throughout the year, you will also study topics such as mystical and philosophical theology, ethics and the problem of evil, Christian engagement with art, the medieval understanding of the human person and world Christianity.
The Human Person, Authority and the Quest for Truth: Christian Theology 1453-1900
Your second year will continue to develop your knowledge of Christian Theology by studying a variety of topics. Areas studied include the Reformation: history, theology and biblical interpretation, the first five books of the Bible, Christianity encounters the modern world, ethical challenges to Christianity, and the tension between reason and religious feeling.
Christian Faith in an Age of Conflict
In your final year, you will study key thinkers and issues facing theology in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Thinkers include Tillich, Bonhoeffer, Mary Daly, Karl Rahner, Grace Jantzen, Henri de Lubac, and James Cone. Christian theological responses to recent issues such as the holocaust, feminist thinking, and the struggle for freedom and justice will also be explored. There are also two seminars for you to choose from the following:
- Advanced Seminar 1: Systematic Theology
- Advanced Seminar 2: Systematic and Constructive Theology
- Advanced Seminar 3: Pastoral Theology
There may be some flexibility for mature students offering non-tariff qualifications and students meeting particular widening participation criteria.
As a graduate in Theology, you will have excellent skills in critical thinking and expression, which are highly prized by employers. You will be competent in textual analysis, report writing and have high-level oral communication skills. Your in-depth knowledge of Christianity, a capacity to work with primary texts and an ability to empathise with and understand different points of view prepares you for a range of careers including law, media, education, public administration, social, pastoral and community work.
Many graduates enter the teaching profession. A background in Theology is excellent preparation for teaching religious studies at A Level. You will also be well positioned to pursue postgraduate study in theology and related humanities subjects. More broadly, theology equips you with the intellectual skills and perspectives needed for facing the ethical and ideological challenges of the contemporary world.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
On top of tuition fees, you also need to consider additional costs such as books and fieldtrips. Your books will cost approximately £100 per year and, whilst compulsory fieldtrips are covered by your tuition fees, optional international fieldtrips you would need to cover the cost of yourself. Costs vary depending on the location; you will be given plenty of notice about actual cost.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
International tuition fees
The International Tuition fees for 2022/23 are £12,500.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This course is also available with Foundation Year as a Combined Honours degree with the following subjects: