Theology

BA single honours or in combination with another subject Theology 2016/17

Theology is one of the oldest academic subjects and also one of the most relevant in understanding the modern world. Religious concerns feature regularly in the media. A sound knowledge and an in-depth appreciation of the variety of religious expressions is crucial in making sense of contemporary society. The Theology programme at Canterbury Christ Church University offers a challenging and stimulating course for students interested in the role of Christianity and other major world religions in history and present society and culture. The degree encourages critical thinking and offers the opportunity for lively debate. It focuses mainly on the teachings and practices of Christianity but our students also have the opportunity to explore other religions in the course of their degree.

Canterbury is the birthplace of English Christianity and it is an obvious place to study Theology. Canterbury Christ Church has historically close links to the Anglican Church and to the Cathedral where the graduation ceremonies are held.

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and study religion for different reasons. Some come from a particular faith background that has inspired their interest; others found it an interesting subject at school or college, while others see it as very useful subject for particular careers such as teaching.

Students on this programme are also eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of their degree.

Students can choose between the BA (Single Hons) in Theology and the BA (Hons) in Theology combined with another subject. The programme is divided into modules. With the exception of the 40 credit single honours dissertation (year 3), each module counts for 20 credits of study. In any year, a full-time student is expected to take 120 credits. Combined honours students take some of their modules in Theology and the remainder in their other subject.

In Year 1 all students, single honours and combined honours, are required to take the following modules: Introduction to Christianity, Introduction to Biblical Studies, Theology and Social Justice. Single Honours students are also required to study the following modules: Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, Introduction to the Study of Religion.

In the second year a module from the Christology category (e.g. Jesus and the Gospels; Jesus in Christian Doctrine) is a prerequisite for the final year Theology dissertation or extended research essay.

Students also take modules from one or more of the following categories: Selected Texts in Biblical Studies (e.g. Gospel and Letters of John); Selected Topics in Social Justice (e.g. Religion and Community, Theology and Popular Culture); Selected Topics in Religion (e.g. Islam, Judaism, Buddhism); Selected Topics in Ethics (e.g. Ethics in World Religions); Selected Texts in Philosophy (e.g. Kant, Chinese Philosophy, Religion and Science).

In Year 3 all Single Honours students must take the Theology Dissertation (40 credits). All Combined Honours students must take the Theology Extended Research Essay (20 credits).

Students also take modules from one or more of the following categories: Systematic Theology (e.g. Christian Doctrine and Interpretation, Modern Theological Thought); Advanced Topics in Biblical Studies (e.g. Biblical Interpretation); Advanced Topics in Social Justice (e.g. Political Theology); Advanced Topics in Religion (e.g. Religions in the Contemporary World, Criticism of Religion, Religion and Visual Culture); Advanced Topics in Ethics (e.g. Religion, Gender and Sexuality); Advanced Topics in Philosophy (e.g. Indian Philosophies, British Idealism).

Graduate careers include teaching at every level, various roles in the Church, including ministers, development and charity work, community-based roles, aspects of welfare, social care and counselling, and careers in local and central government policy-making and administrative departments. Theology graduates are also in demand in human resources or general management roles, in journalism and broadcasting and library and information management. A substantial proportion of our graduates continue with postgraduate study including teacher training.

Transferable skills gained on your course:

  • Research, analysis and presentation skills
  • The ability to interpret and synthesise information and formulate questions and solve problems
  • The ability to understand the meaning of complex written documents
  • Organisational and time management skills
  • Team working and communication skills
  • Writing skills, including accurate referencing and the ability to construct a reasoned argument
  • IT skills
  • Empathy and the ability to understand people and take on board others’ views
  • The ability to work methodically and accurately
  • Independence of mind and the ability to think for yourself

Download a fact sheet with more information about your career options with Theology.

Fees

The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas*
Full-time

£9,000**

£11,000

Part-time

£4,500

N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

UK/EU part-time and Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The following strategies apply equally to all levels of this programme:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Individual tutorials
  • Visits and visiting speakers
  • Reading and research
  • Coursework essays and written examinations
  • Portfolios
  • IT, Internet and e-learning

Assessment forms will typically include:

  • Essays (of varying lengths);
  • Oral presentations;
  • Portfolios/PDPs;
  • Book reviews;
  • Individual Study

Fact file

UCAS code

  • V610 Theology

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

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