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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: $ 1.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    Description

    A highly recognised award from one of the greatest universities in the world

    Religious beliefs provide a sense of purpose, a source of values and a way of life for many people. The University of London Bachelor of Divinity (BD), is one of the oldest and most highly respected Theology courses in the world. It will enable you to wrestle with complex issues which go to the heart of who we are as human beings. Christianity will be your main focus, with options to study other religions and/or specialise in areas such as the philosophy of religion and ethics, church history or science and religion.

    This programme will enable you to:

    • study questions which are of fundamental human concern, e.g. the purpose of human life, or what happens to us when we die.
    • gain a deeper understanding of individuals and communities who have been influenced by religious belief and understand how these beliefs have shaped societies
    • develop your skills in understanding, analysing and constructing different types of argument, and to present a clear written account of your findings.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline 1 October in the year before you intend to sit your first examinations Tuition fee
    • GBP 1500 Year (EEA)

    You have 3-8 years to complete the BD degree, 2-5 years to complete the Dip HE, and 1-5 years to complete the Cert HE. Fees are payable as you progress rather than as a single lump sum. The following are examples of University fees for the whole programme of study: £4,531 for the BD, £3,046 for the Dip HE, and £1,716 for the Cert HE. Please note that these examples are calculated using current fees for 2014-15, do not reflect any annual change to fees and assume completion in the minimum time permitted.

    Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode Online Educational variant Part-time Student interaction Online group works/assignments Attendance Exams and graduation only Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    Bachelor of Divinity

    The BD comprises twelve courses. Take the five compulsory courses, choose six courses from the options and complete the dissertation.

    Diploma of Higher Education in Theology

    The Dip HE in Theology comprise eight courses. Take the five compulsory courses and choose three courses from the list of options.

    Certificate of Higher Education in Theology

    The Cert HE in Theology comprises four courses.

    Bachelor of Divinity (BD) structure

    All five of the following courses

    • Introduction to the Old Testament (level 4)
    • Introduction to the New Testament (level 4)
    • Christian doctrine (level 4)
    • Philosophy of religion (level 4)
    • Church History: Reformation and society c1450 – c1600 (level 5)

    Plus six from the following

    • Foundations in Biblical Hebrew (level 5)
    • Romans in Greek (level 6)
    • Buddhism (level 6)
    • Theology and atheism (level 5)
    • Christian ethics (level 5)
    • Islam (level 5)
    • Johannine writings in Greek (level 6)
    • Liturgical studies (level 6)
    • New Testament Greek (level 5)
    • Religion and science (level 5)
    • Sacrifice, praise and wisdom (level 5)
    • Christian-Jewish relations (level 6)
    • Advanced Biblical Hebrew (level 6)
    • The tasks of life: Pascal, Kafka, Weil and Levinas (level 6)
    • Christian Muslim relations (level 6)

    Plus the following course

    Dissertation - Theology (level 6) Diploma of Higher Education in Theology

    All five of the following courses

    • Introduction to the Old Testament (level 4)
    • Introduction to the New Testament (level 4)
    • Christian doctrine (level 4)
    • Philosophy of religion (level 4)
    • Church History: Reformation and society c1450 – c1600 (level 5)

    Plus three courses from the following

    • Foundations in Biblical Hebrew (level 5)
    • New Testament Greek (level 5)
    • Romans in Greek (level 6)
    • Johannine writings in Greek (level 6)
    • Theology and atheism (level 5)
    • Christian ethics (level 5)
    • Liturgical studies (level 6)
    • Islam (level 5)
    • Buddhism (level 6)
    • Religion and science (level 5)
    • Sacrifice, praise and wisdom (level 5)
    • Christian-Jewish relations (level 6)
    • Christian Muslim relations (level 6)
    Certificate of Higher Education in Theology

    All four of the following courses

    • Introduction to the Old Testament (level 4)
    • Introduction to the New Testament (level 4)
    • Christian doctrine (level 4)
    • Philosophy of religion (level 4)

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


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    Requirements

    Bachelor of Divinity degree and Diploma of Higher Education in Theology

    To be eligible for the BD degree or Dip HE in Theology you must

    • normally* be aged 17 or above by the 30 November in the year of registration and
    • satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements

    Certificate of Higher Education in Theology

    To be eligible for the Certificate of Higher Education with Philosophy as the major you must:

    • normally* be aged 18 or above by the 1 September at the time of registration
    • have passed the equivalent of at least three separate subjects at UK GCSE/GCE O level (at not less than grade C).

    * Applications will be considered from applicants who do not meet the normal minimum age requirement for admission. Each application will be considered on an individual basis, and the decision taken at the discretion of the University of London.

    If you are not automatically eligible then you will be individually considered by the University of London’s Special Admissions Panel. The Special Admissions Panel will consider qualifications which are not published under the Qualifications for Entrance Schedule, incomplete qualifications (e.g. diplomas / degrees) and substantial relevant work experience. If we cannot accept you with your current qualifications and experience, we will advise you what qualifications you could take in order to become eligible in the future.

    Language Requirements

    The language of instruction, reading and assessment is English. To succeed on our programmes you need a good level of competence in English. If you doubt your ability in written or spoken English we advise you take a course and test in English language before enrolling on the programme.

    Required standard of English

    You will usually meet the English language requirement for undergraduate programmes if you:

    • hold a UK GCSE / GCE O level in English at grade C or above
    • have five years secondary schooling taught solely in English or have passed GCE A levels or IB in essay-based subjects
    • have passed an International Foundation programme that permits entry onto a recognised UK bachelor degree
    • hold a full Postgraduate award, or a full first degree or Associate degree taught and examined in English from an institute that is acceptable to the University
    • have passed, within the past three years, an Associate degree, Diploma or Higher Diploma awarded by an acceptable institute / polytechnic / university in Hong Kong, Malaysia or Singapore, or
    • have passed, within the past three years, a test of proficiency in English language from an organisation acceptable to the University.

    Where an applicant does not meet the required English language level but believes they can demonstrate the required level for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.

    Please note if an applicant satisfies one of the above conditions yet provides evidence of a test of proficiency in English language, awarded within the past three years, which is below the University’s minimum requirements then they will be required to retake such a test before being offered admission.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Technological Requirements

    You must have regular access to a computer (or mobile device*) with an internet connection to use the University of London International Programmes website and the Student Portal. These are where your programme’s study resources are located. Through the Student Portal you can register as a student, enter exams and use your programme’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE provides you with electronic learning materials, access to the University of London Online Library, networking opportunities, and other resources. To get the most from your studies, your computer should have at least the following minimum specification: a web browser (the latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer). This must accept cookies and have JavaScript enabled screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater sufficient bandwidth to download documents of at least 2 MB and the following applications installed: a word processor that reads Microsoft Word format (.doc) Adobe, or other pdf reader. * Full mobile access is not available for all programmes.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of London.

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