The support, belief and encouragement from my tutors and peers was amazing. As a result of undertaking this degree in Theology I secured a job as a hospice spiritual care lead.



If you’re drawn to thinking about God and Christian faith, our Theology degree offers you a course that encourages open-mindedness and lively debate.

You’ll explore how people of faith have instilled life with religious meaning and seek to understand how Christian beliefs and values are relevant to the world.

As well as investigating what Christianity in action looks like today, you’ll study other important religious traditions.

90% of our Theology and Religious Studies students were satisfied with the quality of their course

National Student Survey 2021 

Why Study Theology?

Our broad degree in Theology will introduce you to Biblical studies, the history and interpretation of doctrine, philosophical theology and a range of other topics, so that you can engage in lively debate and explore surprising and challenging questions. 

You'll be able to immerse yourself in theology, stretch your mind and become an independent, critical thinker. From studying political theology, religion and culture to exploring practical and ethical issues, you'll follow a broad range of topics and will have opportunities to explore more deeply your specific areas of interest.

The Guardian University League Tables 2022

Top ten in the UK for student satisfaction for the overall quality of the course in the subject area of Religious Studies and Theology.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

More information about entry requirements.

UCAS Points

All about the course

The Theology course has a dedicated focus on Christian traditions and you'll also study elements of  other religions, philosophy and ethics. 

You'll start by exploring Christianity, biblical studies, philosophy, ethics and world religion. 

In Years 2 and 3, you'll deepen your knowledge and work with increasing independence. You'll be able to select optional modules enabling you to focus on particular areas of theology, which you'll study in depth. 

Using the the research and analytical skills that you develop throughout the course, you'll carry out an individual study/research in your final year, enabling you to explore an aspect or issue in theology in depth.

As part of the course, you'll have the opportunity to apply to study for a year in North America. As spaces are limited, you'll follow a competitive, internal application process.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. 

In Year One combined honours students will take three core modules. These modules differ depending on the combining subject. They have been set to meet the learning needs of the combined honours subject and align with the specific combination. You can see the list of core modules for each combination here.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials and you'll typically have between 9 and 12 contact hours per week.

Seminars and tutorials in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor. 

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

93% of our Theology and Religious Studies students were satisfied with the learning opportunities on their course.

National Student Survey 2021 

When not attending lectures, seminars, tutorials or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading books and articles from academic journals, undertaking research in the library, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

For the Individual Study (single honours students) or the Extended Research Essay (combined honours students) in Year 3, you will undertake independent research, working under the supervision of an academic tutor who you'll meet with regularly to discuss your work.

Your overall workload typically consists of between 9 and 12 contact hours each week. You will also undertake 15-18 hours of independent learning and assessment activity. In addition, there may be field trips.


The teaching team consists of highly qualified academics with research expertise and publications in various fields, and many of whom hold teaching qualifications. All members of the team are research-active scholars with extensive experience in delivering research-informed teaching.

You can find out more about the current teaching on our Meet the Team webpage. You should note that members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules, however, our permanent course team teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

We live in a furiously religious age. Today, more than ever, we need values and principles to navigate a conflicted and increasingly multi-faith, multi-cultural world. Theology is the study of God and of the sources of common human value; it is the story of redemption, common understanding, and the final reconciliation of all things. Theology, in the end, helps us to ask life’s big questions: Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we going? What does it all mean? 

Dr Brian CapperTheology Programme Director

How you’ll be assessed

Theology and Religion is assessed primarily by coursework and some exams. Most of your work will consist of the writing of essays, and some modules will feature assessment by examination alongside a coursework essay, depending on what best suits a particular topic or discipline.


Providing feedback on your coursework and explaining how to improve your work is an important aspect of our teaching. You will receive feedback on all formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module tutor. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We will normally provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in for formal coursework assessment.

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose

Combination courses

Combined UCAS Codes

Education Studies XV3Q
English Literature VQ63
Media and Communications VP63
Public Relations and Media PR14
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics V620

Combined Honours explained.


Tuition Fees for some 2022/23 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

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