Graduate Diploma in Theology


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.

Mode of study/duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis.

Educational Aims

To provide, for graduates in other subjects, a qualification in Theology which can prepare them for postgraduate study in this field.  
To demonstrate evidence of wide and independent reading in Theology.
To develop in students a knowledge and understanding of some of the theoretical and practical approaches in Theology.  
To develop skills in critical analysis with particular reference to Theology.
To provide a broad foundation in theological study.

Criteria for Admission

For information on the entry criteria, please click here: Admissions and Access Service.

Programme of Study

Candidates will be required to take six modules, with at least five modules to be taken at Level 3.  Module choices must be made in consultation with an academic  Adviser of Studies and each student’s pathway will require approval by the Director of the Institute.  


Each module is examined at the end of the semester in which the module is studied.   

Candidates must satisfy the examiners in all assessment requirements of the modules.   

The pass mark for each module will be 40%. 

Candidates who pass all modules shall be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Theology. 

Candidates who are awarded the Graduate Diploma in Theology with normally a mark of 60% or above in at least five of the six modules are eligible for admission to the MRes in Theology.


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