V6K022 Theology and Religion GDip Postgraduate Taught 2021
Please note: 2021-22 courses may be affected by Covid-19 and are therefore subject to change due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19. Applicants will be informed of any changes which we are required to make to course entries as a result of Covid-19.
This course is intended for those who hold a bachelor's 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.
There are five or six optional modules to choose from, with no core modules on the course. The range of optional modules available varies from year to year.
Examples of optional modules:
Optional modules in previous years have included two 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 Reformation and its Legacy
- 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 three or four choices from:
- 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
- Peter and the Petrine Tradition (English)
- 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
- Thomas Aquinas: Background, context and Legacy
- Religion, Media and Popular Culture
- Graduate Diploma Dissertation (counts as 2 choices)
Course Learning and Teaching
You will receive on average 7.5 hours of timetabled contact per week. This will include a combination of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. Timetabled contact is only the beginning of your learning. It provides a starting point for your development as an independent learner. Typically, classroom teaching and learning will form nearly 25% of the time you will spend on your studies, you will be expected to spend the remaining 75% of your time on independent research.
You can opt to write a dissertation (40 credits), a large research project that would count for a third of your marks. This gives you the opportunity to engage at an advanced level with creative cutting edge research at the forefront of the discipline, working on a topic of your choice. For the dissertation, you will have a supervisor who will guide and discuss your research with you.
In addition to this, the department also has an extensive programme of research-related activities that you are warmly encouraged to attend. These include research seminar series and public lectures from high-profile guest speakers and visiting scholars. The University also frequently hosts eminent and well-known visiting speakers.
Subject requirements, level and grade
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.
The diploma is an ideal course to take if you are wanting to transition from another discipline to theology and religion, which you might wish to pursue at MA level. It is also ideal if you have already studied theology and religion to first degree level in another country, and wish to become familiar with the critical approach to these subjects that is typical in British public universities.
The University will contact the referees named in your application directly. Please ensure that your referees are able to provide a reference in a timely fashion. If you are also applying for a Durham MA bursary, please ensure that your referees understand that their references will be used both for admission and for a very competitive funding process.
English Language requirements
Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.
How to apply
Fees and Funding
Full Time Fees
|EU Student||£13,630.00 per year|
|Home Student||£5,705.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£13,630.00 per year|
Part Time Fees
|EU Student||£7,500.00 per year|
|Home Student||£3,200.00 per year|
|Island Student||£3,200.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£7,500.00 per year|
The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).
Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.
Scholarships and funding
Department of Theology and Religion
A significant number of our graduates find employment in academic institutions (universities and seminaries) around the world. For some examples of academic careers in Theology launched at Durham, please click here.
Others go into teaching, church ministry, the caring professions, and many other professional fields.
For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please click here.
Open days and visits
Pre-application open day
Overseas Visit Schedule
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Department of Theology and Religion
The Department of Theology and Religion has established an international reputation as one of the leading research departments in its field, and we are equally proud of our high-quality teaching and our commitment to our students. Our postgraduate students benefit from regular research seminars and conferences and colloquia that place Durham at the centre of international scholarship.
Also available for postgraduates is a professional development and training programme, which includes opportunities to work as a teaching or research assistant. Our home, Abbey House (pictured), is next door to Durham Cathedral, and is a beautiful and inspiring place to pursue research in theology and religion.
Ranked 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-Leading research and joint 1st for both impact and research environment in REF 2014.