Key Course Information
A-Level Requirements *
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Professional Year Out
Institute of Theology
*Indicative Only. Please see the Course Entry Requirements section for details on subject specific or GCSE requirements.
Theology at Queen’s offers students the opportunity to explore the breadth of theological thinking and allows specialisation in themes of particular interest.
Subjects offered include the study of key periods in the history of the Christian church; Biblical exegesis; reflection upon influential modern theologians; and the ways in which theology can inform pastoral work. A wide range of assessment methods including coursework essays, group presentations, learning journals and class-tests enhance student skills so that Theology graduates are equipped for the world of work beyond the University as well as further study.
Theology teaching is carried out by staff from Union Theological College, the theological college affiliated to the Queen’s University Institute of Theology. All degrees are non-denominational and do not require any specific outlook on religion.
Teaching Quality: in the most recent National Student Survey (2015), 96 per cent of Queen’s University Theology students said they were satisfied with the teaching on this course.
Career Prospects: in the most recent Unistats report, (2015), 95 per cent of Queen’s Theology graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduation (http://unistats.direct.gov.uk.)
In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.
Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in English.
All applicants: there are no specific subject requirements to study Theology/Divinity. However, if you plan to study Theology as a Joint Honours degree you should refer to the subject requirements for the other course.
Those returning to education after a break will be considered individually on their own merits.
Note: for entry into any of these courses, you must apply through UCAS in the normal manner if you wish to study full-time; for part-time study you may apply directly to the University. In addition, you must also apply for admission directly to one of the recognised Colleges. Neither the University nor UCAS will do this for you.
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Science.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree. 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
How to Apply
Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.
The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.
For candidates applying to Oxford or Cambridge and for those whose choices include Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine/Science the closing date is 15 October 2015.
Currently there are two intakes to Adult Nursing (one in September and the other in February).Those applying for entry in February 2016 should apply prior to 15 January 2015.
Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.
Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen's, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. Please note a Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.
Course Content (including module information)
The Bachelor of Divinity (BD) and Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degrees offer concentrated study of the broad foundations of the subject. The former includes the study of Biblical Hebrew and Greek. After Stage 1, a wide range of modules on a variety of theological themes is available to students.
For the BD, study of the biblical languages is compulsory in first and second year; for students on other Theology degrees, the languages are optional.
While the BD and BTh concentrate exclusively on Theology, the BA degree can be taken in combination with English, History or Philosophy
Diploma in Theology
The Diploma (DipTh) is taken over two years (full-time) or three years (part-time), and consists of 12 modules, to be chosen from the following range of theological subject areas:
- Church History
- New Testament
- Old Testament
- Practical Theology
- Systematic Theology
Fees & Scholarships
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union. Higher education funding arrangements mean that students can study now and pay later.
Further details can be found on our fees and funding section.
Queen's works to ensure that all those who can benefit from a university education have the chance to do so, and a generous system of financial support is in place to help them. Each year Queen’s offer a range of scholarships and prize for new students. The most up to date listings are available here.
Learning and Teaching
The Institute of Theology works in conjunction with theological colleges recognised by Queen's University Belfast. All students in the Institute are Queen's University students but they receive tuition provided by subject specialist staff in the colleges. Each of the colleges offers a warm and friendly community, ideal for personal enrichment. Although some of these colleges may be associated with a particular religious denomination, all Institute courses are non-denominational in character and are open to all students. The Institute welcomes all suitably qualified students without regard to personal religious viewpoints.
From the outset, Theology students enter a variety of learning environments:
- Lectures: introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments.
- E-Learning technologies: Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online.
- Seminars/tutorials: Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions and to assess progress and understanding with the support of peers. Students are expected to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
- Self-directed study: This represents a very important part of life as a Queen’s student; private self-directed reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation are the foundation of academic achievement.
- Youth ministry projects and placements: These offer Theology students the opportunity to reflect upon the practical dimension to their studies and are a valuable introduction to the world beyond the university.
- Supervised projects: In their third year of study Theology students are invited to carry out a significant piece of research on a topic chosen by themselves. Supported by a supervisor, students are guided through the processes of independent research and the scholarly presentation of their results.
- Personal Tutor: Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during Levels 1 and 2 who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.
Some Theology and English graduates wish to pursue their study of the subject further and proceed after graduation to postgraduate study. Some undertake the life of Christian ministry. Most, however, successfully enter the world of secular employment and bring with them much-valued skills and adaptability, so important in the world of work after university.
Among the successful careers, QUB Theologians are to be found in public service as:
- Social and community workers
- Teachers (primary and secondary)
- Civil servants
- Journalists and media commentators
The Prospects website provides further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Theology graduates.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.
Assessment & Feedback
Assessment (general): The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and your peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
- Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that students, as individuals or as part of a group, have submitted.
- Face to face comment. This may include occasions when students make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help address a specific query.
- Placement employer comments or references.
- Online or emailed comment.
- General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
- Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which students can review in their own time.
- Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
- Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
Once students have reviewed their feedback, they are encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of their work.
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