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 have the opportunity to 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?

    Theology provides an intellectual space for anyone drawn to thinking about God and Christian faith. If you are fascinated by the ways Christianity is shaping communities and cultures, and want to take questions of faith seriously, this course is for you.

    Canterbury is a unique and inspiring place to study Christian theology. Our Canterbury Campus is located a very short distance from Canterbury Cathedral, on the site of the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey. Theology has been studied here since AD 597!

    Complete University Guide Subject League Table 2023

    11th in the UK for student satisfaction with the quality of teaching in the subject area of Theology and Religious Studies.

    The Guardian University League Tables 2022

    Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction for the overall quality of the course in the subject area of Religious Studies and Theology.

      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.

      As a single honours student, you'll start by exploring Christianity, biblical studies, philosophy, ethics and world religions. If you are combining with another subject, you will take the compulsory modules on the Bible, Christianity, and Philosophical Reflection.

      Canterbury Christ Church is a University with a Church of England Foundation. We are a member of the Cathedrals Group of Universities which support and encourage serious engagement with religious questions.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels BCC
      BTEC DMM
      Access 6 Distinctions and 39 Merits
      International Baccalaureate 28 Points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 104 -112 UCAS 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

      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 Course 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

      Your future career

      Our students have gone on to a wide range of professional careers. You will be well placed to work in Christian ministry, youth work, or primary or secondary school teaching. Past graduates have gone on to professional roles with charities, in human resources, the police, and even advising government departments!

      Our Theology Team has experience of working closely with churches in the design and delivery of ministerial education. We have a deep awareness of how academic studies can be applied to the lived experience of people of faith in real world contexts, pastoral as well as professional. Additionally, we also work closely with specialists in Religious Education in schools, and have carefully designed the course so it is relevant to routes into teaching.

      Dr Ralph NormanSubject Lead for Theology

      Combined honours

      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.


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,625 £7,250

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

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

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