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Theology and Religion

This course is intended for those who hold a BA (Honours) degree in another discipline, but who wish to acquire a knowledge of Theology and Religion at a level which would permit them to undertake further study in the subject.

Entry requirements

Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip: The standard entry requirement is a BA (Honours) degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent, for example, a GPA of 3.7 on a scale of 4.0 scale), but applicants from non-traditional backgrounds or with other qualifications may be considered subject to interview and a review of written work.

Course modules

There are five or six optional modules to choose from, with no core modules on the course. Optional modules in previous years have included 2 choices from: Landscapes of Worship in Contemporary South Asia, Literature and Theology of the Old Testament New Testament Theology, Topics in Christian Ethics, Death, Ritual and Belief, The Making of Modern Christianity: Medieval and Reformation Europe, Christian Theology: Essential Questions I, Christian Theology: Essential Questions II, God, Freedom and the Soul, Philosophy and the Christian Tradition, One further 20 credit module offered by the Department of Theology & Religion at Levels 1 or 2. Plus 3 or 4 choices from: Aramaic Biblical Theology, Advanced Greek Texts, New Testament Ethics, Issues in Old Testament Studies, The First Urban Churches, Religion and Film, Emotion and Identity in Religion, The Sociology of Conservative Protestantism, The Postmodern God, 1 Peter and the Petrine Tradition (English), 1 Peter and the Petrine Tradition (with Greek), Christian Tradition and the Practice of Politics, The Letters of John and the origins of Gnosticism (English), The Letters of John and the origins of Gnosticism (Greek), The Historical Jesus, Reading Greek Sources about the Historical Jesus, Jesus Christ in the Twentieth Century, Faith and the Experience of War in the Christian World, Religions in Sub-Saharan Africa, Religious Difference in the Reformation World, Thomas Aquinas: Background, context and Legacy, Religion, Media and Popular Culture, Graduate Diploma Dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by exams, essays and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time October 2019 - 9 Months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time October 2019 - 21 Months

Campus details

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Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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