Undergraduate Course in Theological Studies

Our BA (Honours) degree in Theological Studies combines the rigour of study at a leading UK university with the vocational and practical focus appropriate to formation for ordained ministry.

You’ll interact with up-to-date thought and scholarship, bringing them into lively conversation with your growing experience of pastoral ministry on term-time and summer placements.

The full course lasts for 3 years, although many of our students  can be admitted directly into the second year, allowing them to complete the degree in 2 years.

Training for ministry?

Ordinands aged under 32 who do not have a previous degree in theology are normally sponsored by the church for three years of study. In this case, we offer the following programmes of study:

• BA (Hons) over 3 years
• BA (Hons) over 2 years, followed by 1 year of postgraduate study leading to the Postgraduate Diploma

What will you study?

You will cover Old and New Testament Studies, Modern Theology, the Patristics, Ecclesiology, Liturgical Studies, Missiology, Pastoral Studies, Homiletics, Moral Theology and Anglican Studies, and you’ll also have opportunities to learn the biblical languages. You can choose to write a dissertation as part of your final year.

How will you learn?

People learn in different ways and so, in line with best academic practice, we offer a wide range of learning and assessment environments. Learning takes place in lectures, seminars, tutorials, study days and workshops. We have a very advantageous student:staff ratio, which means that classes are generally small and interactive.

How will you be assessed?

Students are assessed through essays, presentations, case studies, group projects and theological reflection. Except in the case of the biblical languages, there are no examinations. One-to-one tutorial support is offered on all assessed essays.

Bringing and taking credits

The BA (Hons) degree is a flexible programme which lets students transfer credits from other courses; this can offer more opportunities to follow your own interests during your time here. You can also take college credits with you into post-ordination training in the diocese where you are a curate.

Want to know more?

If you have a specific question or would just like to chat about your options please do call us or contact our academic registrar.