BD in Divinity and Theology


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Program Description

The study of religion provides an opportunity to consider questions which are of fundamental concern, both for individuals and societies – questions about the meaning and purpose of human life, and the values by which we live.

At Level 4, a module introducing you to the study of religion is complemented by modules covering key texts and traditions of the Abrahamic religions. At Levels 5 and 6, the choice of modules includes biblical languages and texts, texts in English, Christian history and doctrine, Buddhism, philosophy of religion, religion and science, and religion and global politics. Level 6 includes the dissertation module, which offers you the chance to focus in detail on a topic of your choice.

By studying this programme, you will:

  • gain a deeper understanding of individuals and communities who have been influenced by religious belief;
  • examine your own answers to some of life’s important questions;
  • be able to analyse texts and arguments;
  • be able to produce clear written accounts of your knowledge and arguments.

How you study

Independent study

We supply learning materials which are specially designed for distance learning. You will also have access to a significant range of online resources, including a fully supported Virtual Learning Environment and online library.

Study materials

For new and redeveloped modules, all essential and further readings will be available online (with the exception of Texts in Hebrew). For the remaining modules, you will see a subject guide and a more limited range of online resources. You may need to purchase or borrow books for these modules.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of your study materials, where available, as well as forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.


Modules are assessed by a variety of methods. For some modules, this will involve a combination of coursework and a written examination. Others are examined solely by one three-hour unseen written examination. The Dissertation module is assessed by an 8,000-10,000 word dissertation.

Exams are held in May each year. You can sit your exams at one of 400 approved examination centres located all over the world.

Programme structure

Four compulsory, Level 4 modules:

  • Religion, meaning and value (Level 4)
  • Reading the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (Level 4)
  • Reading the New Testament (Level 4)
  • Introduction to Islam (Level 4)

Seven elective modules (at least two from Level 5 and three from Level 6):

  • Foundations in Biblical Hebrew (Level 5)
  • Sacrifice, praise and wisdom (Level 5)
  • New Testament Greek: language and texts (Level 5)
  • Christian doctrine (Level 5)
  • Church History: Reformation and society 1450 – 1600 (Level 5)
  • Christian ethics (Level 5)
  • Philosophy of religion (Level 5)
  • Texts in Hebrew (Level 6)
  • Texts in Greek: John and Romans (Level 6)
  • New Testament Theology: Texts in English (Level 6 )
  • Buddhism (Level 6)
  • Religion and science (Level 6)
  • Religion and global politics (Level 6)

And a dissertation

Entry requirements

  • Age 17+ by 30 November in the year of registration.
  • Satisfy our General Entrance Requirements.
  • Meet our English language requirements.

Even if you don’t meet the standard requirements (including age), we will consider each application on its own merits. Our Admissions Panel will consider whether any alternative / incomplete qualifications or work experience you have are suitable for entry to the programme.

English Language requirements

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

Career opportunities

The programme can help to prepare you for a variety of career paths. For example, with further training, you could become a teacher, social worker, counsellor, police officer, journalist, or lawyer.

What do employers think of our graduates?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

Study the Divinity and Theology programme with academic direction from the University of London wherever you are in the world.

Last updated Nov 2019

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