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.


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A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

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.

Why Study Theology with Foundation Year?

Our diverse 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.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of Arts and Humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

Our single honours Theology and Religion degree is studied alongside elements of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, whilst preserving a dedicated focus on Christian traditions. In our combined honours degree, selected Theology and Religion modules are paired with those from a second subject chosen from an extensive range of degree courses.

Single Honours Theology and Religion students are eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of their degree. There will be a competitive internal application process, as spaces are limited, and acceptance will be based on academic merit.

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. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

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.

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. 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.


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

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

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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