important notice

This course will not be available for September 2018 entry.
New degree programmes in Theology will be available from June 2017 for September 2018 entry.


The Joint Programme in English and Theology is designed to provide students with an intellectual training in the disciplines of English and Theology which, while discrete subjects, are also complementary and mutually enriching.

Each of the subjects provides a discipline-specific perspective from which students acquire knowledge and understanding of the inter-relationship between texts and contexts, a familiarity with debates surrounding culture and identity—both individual and communal—and skills in synthesising and developing ideas and arguments from diverse literary, exegetical and theological discourse.

Theology and English Degree highlights

Theology students gave a 100% overall satisfaction rating for their degree in the most recent National Student Survey results (2016).

Global Opportunities

  • You will have the opportunity to take part in field trips to Belgium or Italy as well as elsewhere in the UK and Ireland. Erasmus exchanges (typically one semester long) are available in Budapest (Hungary) and Kampen (the Netherlands) or you may avail of the Study USA programme.

Industry Links

  • Graduate employers include: DEL, PCI, Lloyds Banking Group, Housing Executive, Health and Social Care Trust, Ulster University.

Career Development

  • • Social and community workers. • Teachers (primary and secondary). • Civil servants. • Lawyers. • Journalists and media commentators. • Ministry. • Youth work.

World Class Facilities

  • In addition to all the facilities at Queen’s, your College will provide all its students with bespoke library, study and recreation facilities.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • By its very nature, and of necessity, Theology is authentically rooted in and focussed on its immediate community setting: accordingly, all College staff are experienced and active practitioners in the Irish and British contexts. In addition, some enjoy international recognition and exposure, or have practised/taught or published, in Europe, North America or the developing world.

Student Experience

  • Theology students gave a 100% overall satisfaction rating for their degree in the most recent National Student Survey results (2016).
"Studying Theology has given me opportunities to examine my beliefs in much greater depth. I’ve learned from a range of knowledgeable, friendly and helpful lecturers and value having become part of a welcoming community of people who have a variety of beliefs and backgrounds."
Peter Morris, Bachelor of Theology

Course content

Course Structure

Course Content
Theology and English at Queen’s offers students the opportunity to specialise in subjects of particular interest.
Stage 1 Compulsory Modules
English in Transition
Introduction to English Language
English in Context

Biblical Studies
Beyond Paradise: and introduction to the Pentateuch
Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels
Introduction to Biblical Languages

Systematic Theology / Church History / Practical Theology

Early Church History
Introduction to Theological Thinking
Introduction to Practical Theology
Stage 2
Students will take 3 modules from English and 3 modules from Theology over the course of the whole academic year. The combinations for each semester might be 2 ENG/ENL modules + 1 THE module, or 2 THE modules and 1 ENG/ENL module. Students should pay particular attention to any Stage 2 pre-requisites that are required for Stage 3 modules (see Stage 3 list below) and elect their modules accordingly. The full list of modules for both English and Theology, and which semester they will be offered in, will vary from year to year. It is the student’s responsibility to acquire the most up to date information regarding module availability and the semester they will be offered in.

The English Language: Patterns of Spoken English
The English Language: Language and Power
Discovering the Earliest Writings in English
History of English: Studying Language Change
Late Medieval Literature
Introduction to Renaissance Literature
Eighteenth-Century & Romantic Literature
Literature & Society: 1850-1930
Introduction to American Writing
Irish Literature

Biblical Studies

Old Testament Selected Texts
Old Testament Historical Books
Biblical Theology
New Testament Epistles A
Biblical Hebrew Texts
New Testament Greek Texts

Church History / Systematic Theology / Practical Theology

Christianity in Ireland since the Reformation
The Christian Doctrinal Tradition
In Search of the Good Life: Ethics from Plato to Postmodernity
C.S. Lewis: Christian author and apologist.
Youth Ministry 1
Study of World Religions
The Theology and Practice of Pastoral Care
Church History Project: Boyne Valley Fieldtrip
Stage 3
Students will take 3 modules from English and 3 modules from Theology over the course of the whole academic year. The combinations for each semester might be 2 ENG/ENL modules + 1 THE module, or 2 THE modules and 1 ENG/ENL module. Students should pay particular attention to any Stage 2 pre-requisites that are required for Stage 3 modules (see Stage 3 list below) and elect their modules accordingly. The full list of modules for both English and Theology, and which semester they will be offered in, will vary from year to year. It is the student’s responsibility to acquire the most up to date information regarding module availability and the semester they will be offered in.
Students may not normally take more than one of: THE3070, THE3071, THE3072, THE3073, ENG3000, END3000.

Double Dissertation Module: English Literature
Double Dissertation Module: English Language
Broadcasting and Identity
Speech Worlds: Phonetics & Phonology in Communication
Language in the Media
Stylistics: Bringing Language and Literature Together
Broadcasting in a Post-Conflict Society
The Structure of English
Marvels, Monsters and Miracles in Anglo-Saxon England
Women’s Writing 1660-1820
Contemporary Irish and Scottish Fiction
American Image and Text
Representing the Working Class
Televising the Victorians
Contemporary Indian Literature in English
Shakespeare on Screen
Literature and Science in the C19th
Digital Textualities and the History of the Book
Literature and the First World War
Further Adventures in Shakespeare
Writing New York 1880-1940
Contemporary Literature: Poetry and Precariousness in the C21st
Nineteenth-Century Irish Writing
Mock Epic in the ‘Long Eighteenth Century’
Contemporary Crime Fiction
Comic Fiction: Fielding to Austen
US Fiction 1965-80

GROUP 1 – Independent Research
Placement Theological Reflection
Research Project
Double Dissertation

GROUP 2 – Old Testament/New Testament

Old Testament Theology
Old Testament: The Megillot
Old Testament Prophetic Texts
The Epistle to the Hebrews
Aramaic with Set Texts
Advanced Hebrew

GROUP 3 - Church History /Theology / Philosophy

Western Christian Spirituality
Trends in Modern Theology
Current Issues in Philosophical Theology
Oral Church History
Christianity in the Sixteenth Century
Church History Fieldtrip: World War I Battlefields
Christianity in the Nineteenth Century

GROUP 4 – Practical Theology

The Church, Ministries and Society 3
Issues in Practical Ecclesiology
Youth Ministry 2
Reconciliation Studies 1
Spiritual Theology for Pastoral Ministry

People teaching you

All Theology undergraduate students are taught collaboratively at Union Theological College, a constituent college of the Institute of Theology.

Contact Teaching Times

Large Group Teaching
6 (hours maximum)
hours of lectures
Medium Group Teaching
6 (hours maximum)
hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
Personal Study
24 (hours maximum)
22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc
Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
2 (hours maximum)
hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

Learning and Teaching

All students in the Institute are Queen's University students but they receive tuition provided by subject specialist staff in Union Theological College which 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 teaching contexts designed to introduce them to a range of learning environments:

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E-Learning technologies

Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online.

Field trips

These are available for Level 2 and Level 3 Church History modules allowing the student to view history from a different perspective other than learning from books.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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 them. Supported by a supervisor, students are guided through the processes of independent research and the scholarly presentation of their results.

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.


Details of assessment are outlined below:

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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.


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:

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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.

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
BBB including A-level English
Note: for applicants who have not studied A-level English then AS-level English (grade A) would be acceptable in lieu of A-level English.

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in English

Access/Foundation Course
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 65% including an average of 65% in Literature modules.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for that particular subject or degree programme along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

For entry last year, applicants must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or better (to include English Language). Performance in any AS or A-level examinations already completed would also have been taken into account and the Selector checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects (in this case A-Level English Language or English Literature) can be fulfilled.

Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The minimum acceptable is two subjects at A-level plus one at AS though applicants offering this combination will be considered on an individual basis depending on the degree for which they have applied. The offer for repeat applicants is set in terms of 3 A-levels and may be one grade higher than that asked from first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered provided that subject specific requirements can be met.

Applicants offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits and for entry last year, the standard set was an overall average of 65% in Level 3 modules, to include an average of 65% in Level 3 Literature modules, where the A-level English requirement had not already been met.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of Theology and English, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

Applicants are not normally asked to attend for interview, though there are some exceptions and specific information is provided with the relevant subject areas.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions Service (, giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.


For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

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:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • 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.


INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)


Career Prospects

Gaining your degree from Queen’s Institute of Theology will put you in a strong position among UK theology graduates. The excellent standards of our education are recognised by employers who value the quality of our programmes and recognise the skills of our graduates.

The analytical and communication skills that are essential to Theology and English are also recognised as important attributes for careers in many other areas, so there are job opportunities in many fields for successful graduates. Holders of a Theology and English degree will have demonstrated through their studies a capacity for assessing problems, exploring solutions and presenting the results of their work in a variety of media.

Employment Links
Theology and English at Queen's liaises closely with employers to offer guest lectures and on-site visits, amongst other activities. Theology students also take part in tailored employability and skills workshops, developed with the Student Guidance Centre.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be based on 2017-18 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI) £4,030
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
Other (non-UK) EU £4,030
International £15,100

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

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Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Theology and English costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

How do I fund my study?

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.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at


Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at

* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.

How and When to Apply

How to Apply

Application 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:

When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2018 from 1 September 2017.

Advisory closing date: 15 January 2018 (18:00).

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.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

The Institution code for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at:

Apply via UCAS
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions ( which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

  1. Applying through UCAS
    Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2018.
  2. Applying direct
    The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
  3. Applying through agents and partners
    The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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