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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.

Overview

By completing a programme designed to provide students with an intellectual training in the disciplines of Theology and History in combination and inter-relation with:
- knowledge and understanding of the inter-relationship between religious ideas and society, texts and contexts;
- a familiarity with debates surrounding religion, culture and identity, both individual and communal; historical methodology
- skills in synthesising and developing ideas and arguments from diverse sources, both ancient and modern.

Theology and History Degree highlights

Expert History and Theology staff offer students a variety of exciting modules with a wide chronological and geographical focus that ensure the development of transferrable skills.

Global Opportunities

  • Opportunities to travel and study at universities in Europe and North America are available. Short-term (two weeks) and longer-term (up to one academic year) exchanges are on offer. Examples include: Aarhus Universitet (Denmark) College of Charleston (South Carolina, USA) Institut d’Etudes Politques de Bordeaux (France) University of Oslo (Norway) Universiteit Utrecht (Netherlands) Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee, USA) Budapest (Hungary) Kampen (the Netherlands) or you may avail of the Study USA programme.

Industry Links

  • Several modules include links with local collaborative partners, which provide students with opportunities to network with experts in the field or to gain experience of particular industries prior to graduation. Graduate employers include: DEL, PCI, Lloyds Banking Group, Housing Executive, Health and Social Care Trust, Ulster University.

Career Development

  • Typical career destinations of graduates include: • Journalists and media commentators. • Social and community workers. • Teachers (primary and secondary). • Civil servants. • Lawyers. • Journalists and media commentators. • Christian Ministry. • Youth work.

World Class Facilities

  • Top Ranking: History at Queen’s has been placed in the QS World University Rankings top 150 History departments in the world for 2016. Research-led Teaching: the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed that History at Queen’s is producing world-leading or internationally excellent research, placing Queen’s in the top 10 of UK history departments. The School hosts many research seminars, conferences and lectures, including the annual highlight of the Wiles lecture series. 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

  • The National Student Survey results show consistent student satisfaction with the History programme and university experience. Theology students gave a 100% overall satisfaction rating for their degree in the most recent National Student Survey results (2016).
"I love studying as a joint honours Theology and History student at Union College as everyone on your course gets to know each other in a way which isn't always possible in a bigger Queens course."
Roseanne McKnight, 2nd Year BA joint honours Theology & History

Course content

Course Structure

Course Content
The History programme is designed to equip students with a range of skills which together foster the ability to practise self-motivated learning and increase the capacity to undertake independent learning in a progressive way. Theology at Queen’s offers students the opportunity to explore the breadth of theological thinking, both past and present, and specialise in any area of Theology (Biblical Studies, Systematics, Church History, Practical Theology) or pursue any theme of particular theological interest.

Expert History and Theology staff offer students a variety of exciting modules with a wide chronological and geographical focus that ensure the development of transferrable skills.
Stage 1
GROUP 1 – BIBLICAL STUDIES

THE1003
THE1046
THE1002

GROUP 2 – SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY/CHURCH HISTORY/PASTORAL THEOLOGY

THE1031
THE1045
THE1043

Students will choose three from the following four modules:

HIS1003
HIS1002
HIS1004
HIS1001
Stage 2
Group 1- Biblical Studies

THE2001
THE2003
THE2008
THE2011
THE2084
THE2026
THE2027

Group 2 - Church History / Systematic Theology / Practical Theology

THE2039
THE2055
THE2051
THE2097
THE2090
THE2057
THE2061
THE2069

Students will take THREE modules from the list of available Level 2 modules: this will vary from year to year. Students intending to take the dissertation module at Stage 3 (HIS3077) must take either HIS2055 or HIS2063. HIS2055 and HIS2063 are not available to students not intending to take HIS3077.

HIS2011
HIS2012
HIS2018
HIS2019
HIS2020
HIS2021
HIS2028
HIS2029
HIS2047
HIS2049
HIS2050
HIS2052
HIS2055
HIS2057
HIS2063
HIS2064
HIS2065

Students will take THREE modules from the list of available Level 3 THE modules. Modules offered may vary from year to year.

Students will take THREE modules from the list of available Level 3 HIS modules. Modules offered will vary from year to year.

Students may not normally take more than one of THE3070, THE3071, THE3072, THE3073 and HIS3077.
Stage 3
GROUP 1 – INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

THE3070
THE3071
THE3072
THE3073

GROUP 2 – OLD TESTAMENT/NEW TESTAMENT

THE3006
THE3009
THE3014
THE3083
THE3085
THE3023
THE3021

Group 3 - Church History /Theology / Philosophy

THE3040
THE3043
THE3054
THE3090
THE3091
THE3031
THE3074

Group 4 - PRACTICAL THEOLOGY

THE3047
THE3050
THE3056
THE3058
THE3068
THE3062

HIS3010
HIS3011
HIS3012
HIS3015
HIS3016
HIS3017
HIS3018
HIS3022
HIS3039
HIS3042
HIS3046
HIS3060
HIS3070
HIS3071
HIS3072
HIS3073
HIS3077
HIS3079
HIS3082
HIS3083
HIS3086
HIS3089
HIS3109
HIS3110
HIS3119
HIS3121
HIS3122

People teaching you



Institute of Theology
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

Introduction

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E-Learning technologies

Theology and History uses a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online for resources, information sharing or other virtual classroom activity.

Field trips: Various opportunities will arise for you to connect

Theology to everyday experience and your class-room experience to material and cultural realities. For example, Practical Theology incorporates a field trip at level 1, as do Church History modules at levels 2 and 3.

Lectures/workshops

While lectures introduce basic information and analysis of new topics, as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading, workshops feature in some modules (typically in biblical studies) to provide initiation, practice and development in interpretative skills and strategies. All these classes also provide opportunities to ask questions and gain advice or feedback 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.

Seminars/tutorials

Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students). These offer the best opportunities for face-to-face feedback as students engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic. You and your fellow-students can ask your questions and assess your progress and understanding in a supportive learning environment, as you make presentations and other contributions to these groups.

Specialised independent study

In your third year of study there is opportunity for you to specialise in any area of Theology, through a shorter or longer dissertation or a research project (whose topic you get to choose), supervised by a member of staff with particular relevant expertise.

Youth ministry projects and placements

Through the Practical Theology department Theology students continually reflect upon the practical dimension to their studies. Youth ministry modules make especially strong connexions beyond the university between Theology and the life and experience of young adults in today’s society or world.

Assessment

Details of assessment are outlined below:

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Students are assessed in a variety of ways, in line with the particular learning objectives of each module and the skill-set associated with it. The diet of assessment includes coursework (such as written assignments or projects), presentations and end-of-semester examinations. For History, a variety of assessment methods is used, including written examination, coursework essays submitted during or at the end of the semester, group projects, oral presentations by individual students or collaborative groups, video-logs, discussion forums, tutorial activities, and dissertations.

Feedback

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

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3

Access/Foundation Course
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 65%.

All applicants
There are no specific subject requirements to study Theology and History.

Those returning to education after a break will be considered individually on their own merits.

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. The information relates to 2017 entry and will be updated for 2018 entry as soon as possible.

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 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 BTEC Extended Diplomas, Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered.

The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those applicants taking a BTEC Extended Diploma qualification or a Higher National Certificate (HNC).

The current entrance requirements for applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma are successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (18 units) with 10 Distinctions and 8 Merits. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 8 Merits.

For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, at least half of the units completed in the first year of the HND must be at Merit level and remainder Passes. Applicants must successfully complete the HND with Merits in all units assessed in the final year. Any consideration would be for stage 1 entry only.

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.

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 History, 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 (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

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.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

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.

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Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
Studying for the combined History and Theology degree at Queen‘s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.

Employment Links
Graduates from the History and Theology degree at Queen‘s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline.

Although many of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in teaching, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
Fast-stream Civil Service
Museums, archives and libraries
Public relations
Publishing and media
Teaching
Voluntary sector/charities

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Prizes and Awards

Top performing students are awarded a scholarship by the Institute of Theology.

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 History 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 http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

Scholarships

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 http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

* 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: www.ucas.com/apply.

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: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/

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 (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) 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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