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1 year(s)

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Full-Time, Part-Time


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Institute of Theology

* MTh: 1 year full-time or 2-4 years part-time Graduate Diploma: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time


This programme of study aims to offer substantial study of key theological themes at an advanced level. On completion of studies each student on the MTh programme is expected to have:

  • Developed a specialised understanding of a theological area chosen under the guidance of a supervisor
  • Demonstrated evidence of wide and independent reading
  • Developed research skills through engaging in an extended supervised dissertation

On completion of studies each student on the Graduate Diploma programme is expected to have:

  • Demonstrated evidence of wide and independent reading in Theology
  • Developed a knowledge and understanding of some of the theoretical and practical approaches in Theology
  • Developed skills in critical analysis with particular reference to Theology
  • A broad foundation in theological study

Why Queen's?

Supervision is provided in the recognised Theological Colleges.

Course Details


For the MTh, the programme content is determined by the supervisor (appointed by the Institute) in consultation with the student and is approved by the Institute of Theology.

Graduate Diploma

The Graduate Diploma programme aims to provide a conversion course for students who are graduates in a discipline other than Theology which may enable them, if they perform sufficiently well, to proceed to a taught postgraduate degree programme in Theology. In addition, the Diploma is a free-standing qualification which will allow applicants the opportunity to study Theology out of interest or personal choice.

Assessment & Feedback

MTh: assessment is 100 per cent coursework based. The dissertation will be approximately 20,000 words. The pass mark for each module is 50 per cent.

PG Diploma: assessment will normally be by 100 per cent coursework. The pass mark for each module is 50 per cent. Diploma students do not submit a dissertation.

Graduate Diploma: students will be required, in consultation with an Academic Adviser, to take six modules from the list available and with formal approval given by the Director of the Institute of Theology. Students who are awarded the Graduate Diploma in Theology with a pass mark of 60 per cent in at least five of the six modules are eligible for admission to the appropriate taught postgraduate programme in Theology.

Learning and Teaching

Morning / Afternoon / Evening.

Other recommended events such as seminars and concerts may take place outside these teaching times.

Entry Requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University where Theology and/or Divinity is the main subject area OR where it is one of the joint subjects in an Honours degree. In the case of the latter, the modules in Theology and/or Divinity must be of 2.1 level or above, OR a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a subject other than Theology/Divinity, and a Graduate Diploma in Theology with normally at least 5 out of the 6 modules with a mark of 60% or above.

International Qualifications For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.


Non-EEA nationals must satisfy the UK Border Agency (UKBA) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfastoffers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Institute of Theology
Tel: 9097 3612

How To Apply

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

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In recent years, our graduates have embarked on careers in areas such as teaching, publishing, youth work and the world of business.

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A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

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