BD | Undergraduate


Entry year
Entry requirements
3 years (Full Time)
6 years (Part Time)
UCAS code
  • Overview

    The Bachelor of Divinity degree (BD) is a specialist course in Divinity which equips students for handling all of the main theological disciplines with particular emphasis on Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages. An integrated curriculum ensures a solid basis for postgraduate theological study or vocational ministry of various sorts. For First-year (or Level 1) modules initiate students into Biblical Studies (including the biblical languages), Systematic Theology, Church History and Practical Theology. Building on this foundation and incorporating an element of choice, level-2 modules enable students to read Greek and Hebrew texts and consolidate their knowledge, skills and tools across the range of Theology's sub-disciplines. In their final year, while Practical Theology modules help all students explore interfaces with the contemporary Church, society or world, students also have an opportunity to specialise in one or more areas of Divinity. Through the BD programme, students develop sophisticated thinking and communication skills which are suited not only to Christian ministry or mission but to a variety of professional situations.

    Theology Degree highlights

    In the most recent National Student Survey (2017), 96 per cent of Queen’s University Theology and Divinity students said they were satisfied with the teaching on this course.

    Global Opportunities

    • You will have the opportunity to take part in field trips to destinations such as Belgium 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.

    Student Experience

    • In addition to all the facilities at Queen's, your college will provide all its students with bespoke library and study facilities. By its very nature, and of necessity, Theology is authentically rooted in and focused on the needs of society. Accordingly, students are taught by scholars who are experienced and active practitioners in the Irish and British contexts for theological understanding and debate. In addition, some have practised/taught or published in Europe, North America and Africa.
    "I have really appreciated the opportunity to study the Bible in the original languages. It is so rewarding to engage with a second century manuscript in class and be able to draw understanding from it.”
    Nathan Wallace

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  • Course content

    Course Structure

    Stage 1Compulsory modules
    • From Paradise to the Promised Land: exploring the Pentateuch
    • Early Church History
    • Introduction to Theological Thinking
    • Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels
    • Introduction to Practical Theology
    • Introduction to Biblical Languages
    Stage 2Students will take a total of 120 CATS at Stage 2: this includes the two compulsory modules in Biblical Languages, with an additional 20 CATS being taken from Groups 1-3, and one further module to be taken from either Group 1 or 2.

    Compulsory modules
    • Biblical Hebrew Texts
    • NT Greek Texts

    Group 1 – Old Testament
    • Old Testament Historical Books
    • Biblical Theology
    • The Letters of Paul
    • Revelation of John in Western interpretation and imagination.

    Group 2 – Systematic Theology and Church History
    • The Christian Doctrinal Tradition
    • In Search of the Good Life: Ethics from Plato to Postmodernity
    • Christianity in Ireland since the Reformation
    • Church History Project: Boyne Valley Fieldtrip

    Group 3 – Practical Theology
    • Youth Ministry 1
    • Study of World Religions
    • The Theology and Practice of Pastoral Care
    Stage 3Students will take a total of 120 CATS. At least 20 CATS to be taken from each of Group 2 and Group 3, with 40 CATS to be taken from Group 4. Students are permitted to take up to 40 CATS from Group 1 Independent Research.

    Group 1 – Independent Research
    • Dissertation
    • Research Project
    • Double Dissertation

    Group 2 – Biblical Studies
    . OT Prophetic Texts
    . John
    • Thinking and Singing - wisdom/lyrical books of the OT
    • Romans
    . Hebrews
    • Advanced Hebrew

    Group 3 – Systematic Theology/Philosophy and Church History
    • Trends in Modern Theology
    • Church History Fieldtrip to World War I Battlefields
    • Christianity in the Sixteenth Century
    . Current Issues in Philosophical Theology
    • Church History : Patristic Literature

    Group 4 – Practical Theology
    • Church in the Contemporary World
    • Youth Ministry 2
    • Reconciliation Studies 1
    . Reformed Spirituality and Worship

    People teaching you

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching6 (hours maximum)
    hours of lectures
    Medium Group Teaching6 (hours maximum)
    hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial2 (hours maximum)
    hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week;

    Learning and Teaching

    As in other Schools at Queen’s, undergraduate students in the Institute of Theology form a diverse cohort drawn from across the local community and beyond: all are suitably qualified students, without regard to personal religious commitments. The Theology and Divinity curriculum is non-denominational in character, fully quality-assured by both Queen’s and QAA and reflective of the scope of Christian Theology generally. You will be simultaneously a Queen's University student and a Union College student: you will enjoy all that the University has to offer; and you will receive your tuition from subject-specialist staff. From the outset, Divinity students enjoy a variety of contexts, environments and methods for their learning.

    • E-Learning technologies
      Like all Schools at Queen’s, Theology uses a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for resources, information sharing or other virtual classroom activity.
    • Field trips
      Fieldtrips are an integral part of a number of modules on the programme. For example, your language learning is enhanced by a field trip to inspect priceless early biblical manuscripts. In addition, Practical Theology incorporates a field trip at level 1, as do Church History modules at levels 2 and 3. All of these trips connect classroom experience to material and cultural realities and Theology to everyday experience.
    • Lectures/workshops
      While lectures introduce basic information and analysis of new topics, as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading, workshops in biblical languages (and biblical studies modules generally) 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
      All undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor 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 questions and assess your progress and understanding in a supportive learning environment, often by way of presentations and other contributions to these groups.
    • Specialised independent study
      Following your compulsory study of the biblical languages at levels 1 and 2, in your third year you may further develop your expertise through optional advanced modules. There is also opportunity for you at level 3 to specialise in any area of Theology, through a supervised dissertation or a research project whose topic you get to choose.
    • Youth ministry projects and placements
      Through the Practical Theology department Theology students continually reflect upon the practical dimension of their studies. Youth ministry modules make especially strong connections between Theology and the life and experience of young adults in today’s society or world.


    Details of assessment are outlined below

    • 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. Biblical languages gear assessment to continuous learning and consolidation of language skills. In addition, the diet of assessment includes coursework (such as written assignments or projects), presentations and end-of-semester examinations.


    Your study and learning in Divinity will provide you with valuable feedback throughout your course at Queen’s. It will come from various sources: as you progress, those who teach you (module co-ordinators, lecturers and tutors) or advise and support you (personal tutors or advisers of study), and even your fellow-students, will offer you feedback about your work. In advance, you will receive guidance and advice on the standards you should aim for, or the pitfalls you should avoid, or be given exemplars to help you shape your own work.

    • Question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, or in small group settings such as seminars or tutorials.
    • Formal written comments and marks relating to coursework that you have submitted, whether individually or as part of a group.
    • Formal or informal feedback posted online or emailed to you.
    • Face-to-face verbal comment, typically when you make an appointment to chat to a member of staff about some specific aspect of your work.
    • Comments or references relating to any fieldwork activities you may undertake.
    • Analysis and comment relating to what you achieved through practical classes.
    • Support and guidance which you can seek from Queen’s staff in specialist support services such as Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
    • Once students have reviewed their feedback, they are encouraged to further improvements to the quality of their work. As a university student, it will be your responsibility to reflect, in detail and depth, on all the feedback that you receive and to identify and implement improvements that you can make to enhance the quality and effectiveness of your work.
    • You will soon know your lecturers and tutors well and find them approachable and supportive. In this context, as an independent learner you can take the initiative at any time to seek further customised feedback (over and above the ways already mentioned), confident that this will help your progress.
  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A level requirements
    Irish leaving certificate requirements
    Access/Foundation Course
    Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 65%.
    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    32 points overall, including 6,5,5 at Higher Level.
    BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma
    QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with 100 credits at Distinction grade and 80 credits at Merit grade.

    RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)), with at least 540 GLH at Distinction grade (minimum 240 GLH to be externally assessed) and 540 GLH at Merit grade.
    A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree
    All applicants
    There are no specific subject requirements to study Theology/Divinity.

    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 below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

    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 for this degree offering A-Level/BTEC Level 3 qualifications 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 Higher National Certificates and Diplomas will also be considered.

    For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with a Merit in each unit.
    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.

    The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of Sociology, 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 a Faculty/School 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.

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    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:

    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.

    • Academic English: 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.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Careers

    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.

    Employment after the Course
    >Social and community workers
    >Teachers (primary and secondary)
    >Civil servants
    > Lawyers
    >Journalists and media commentators
    >Christian Ministry
    >Youth work

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

    Employment Links
    The Institute of Theology at Queen’s liaises closely with employers to offer guest lectures and on-site visits, amongst other activities. Divinity students also take part in tailored employability and skills workshops, developed with the Student Guidance Centre and the University's Careers Employability and Skills unit.

    Professional Opportunities
    The analytical and communication skills that are essential to Divinity 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 Divinity 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.

    Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    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

    Northern Ireland (NI) £4,275
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
    Other (non-UK) EU £4,275
    International N/A

    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.

    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.

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    Theology 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



  • Apply

    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 2019 from 1 September 2018.

    Advisory closing date: 15 January 2019 (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 2019.
    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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