The Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (PGDip)

The Faculty of Theology and Religion offers an alternative qualification for those wishing to pursue graduate study in Theology, yet whose first degree is not in Theology or Religious Studies: the Postgraduate Diploma in Theology.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Theology offers an intensive period of study in Christian Theology, with the option to explore other world religions. Students may complete the course either in nine months as a full time student, or in twenty one months as a part time student.

Course Content and Assessment:

Students choose three papers (a fourth paper can be chosen if the student wishes to extend their studies), from the syllabus for the Faculty's BA in Theology and Religion, although some papers are excluded from this selection. In general, students choose to study an aspect of the New Testament, Old Testament, or Modern Doctrine, and options for the other two papers include topics in:
• the History of Christianity
• Christian Ethics
• Islam, Buddhism or Hinduism
• the Philosophy of Religion

Students who plan to progress to one of the Faculty's Master's courses would be expected to take at least one paper in the subject area they would like to specialise in. For example, students who intend to apply for the MPhil or MSt in Theology: New Testament should have taken at least one New Testament paper in the Postgraduate Diploma in Theology.

Both full-time and part-time students are assessed by written examinations at the end of the course. Part-time students will study two papers in their first year of study, and the third (and fourth, if this option is chosen) in their second year of study. Students may choose to write either two short essays or one long essay in place of one of their chosen papers, with titles chosen from a list supplied by the Faculty.

The course is mainly taught by tutorials, for which students customarily prepare written work for discussion with the tutor. In addition, students attend relevant classes and lectures as advertised for the BA in Theology and Religion, and a series of seminars, normally twice per term, specifically organised for Postgraduate Diploma students. Teaching usually takes place up until week 4 of Trinity term.

Although Postgraduate Diploma in Theology students make use of undergraduate lectures and classes, they are full members of the graduate community, and are entitled to draw on all the graduate resources of the Faculty and the University. Please note that there is no graduation ceremony for Postgraduate Diploma students.

Course Requirements:

A First or upper Second Class Honours BA degree (or its equivalent) which is not in Theology, Religious Studies or related subject. No knowledge of ancient languages is required.

 

(page updated on 27 November 2013)


 

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