Queen's University Belfast

Theology and Philosophy

Queen's University Belfast
In Belfast City

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Belfast city (Northern Ireland)
Duration 3 Years
Start Different dates available
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Belfast city (Northern Ireland)
  • Duration:
    3 Years
  • Start:
    Different dates available

Overview Theology at Queen’s offers students the opportunity to explore the breadth of theological thinking and allows specialisation in themes of particular interest. Subjects offered include the study of key periods in the history of the Christian church; Biblical exegesis; reflection upon influential modern theologians; and the ways in which theology can inform pastoral work. A wide range of assessment methods including coursework essays, group presentations, learning journals and class-tests enhance student skills so that Theology graduates are equipped for the world of work beyond the University as well as further study. Theology teaching is carried out by staff from Union Theological College, the theological college affiliated to the Queen’s University Institute of Theology. All degrees are non-denominational and do not require any specific outlook on religion.     Why Queen's?Teaching Quality: in the most recent National Student Survey (2015), 96 per cent of Queen’s University Theology students said they were satisfied with the teaching on this course. Career Prospects: in the most recent Unistats report, (2015), 95 per cent of Queen’s Theology graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduation (http://unistats.direct.gov.uk.) Share this course Share

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Belfast City (County Antrim)
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University Road, BT7 1NN


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· Requirements

Entry Requirements   Selection Criteria In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application. Entrance Requirements A-level: BBB Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 All applicants: there are no specific subject requirements to study Theology/Divinity. However, if you plan to study Theology as a Joint Honours degree you should refer to the subject requirements for the other course. Those returning to education after a break...

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Course Content (including module information)


The Bachelor of Divinity (BD) and Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degrees offer concentrated study of the broad foundations of the subject. The former includes the study of Biblical Hebrew and Greek. After Stage 1, a wide range of modules on a variety of theological themes is available to students.

For the BD, study of the biblical languages is compulsory in first and second year; for students on other Theology degrees, the languages are optional.

While the BD and BTh concentrate exclusively on Theology, the BA degree can be taken in combination with English, History or Philosophy

Diploma in Theology

The Diploma (DipTh) is taken over two years (full-time) or three years (part-time), and consists of 12 modules, to be chosen from the following range of theological subject areas:

  • Church History
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Practical Theology
  • Systematic Theology

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment (general): The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.

Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and your peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:

  • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that students, as individuals or as part of a group, have submitted.
  • Face to face comment. This may include occasions when students make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help address a specific query.
  • Placement employer comments or references.
  • Online or emailed comment.
  • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
  • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which students can review in their own time.
  • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
  • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.

Once students have reviewed their feedback, they are encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of their work.

Learning and Teaching

The Institute of Theology works in conjunction with theological colleges recognised by Queen's University Belfast. All students in the Institute are Queen's University students but they receive tuition provided by subject specialist staff in the colleges. Each of the colleges offers a warm and friendly community, ideal for personal enrichment. Although some of these colleges may be associated with a particular religious denomination, all Institute courses are non-denominational in character and are open to all students. The Institute welcomes all suitably qualified students without regard to personal religious viewpoints.

From the outset, Theology students enter a variety of learning environments:

  • Lectures: introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments.
  • E-Learning technologies: Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online.
  • Seminars/tutorials: Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions and to assess progress and understanding with the support of peers. Students are expected to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
  • Self-directed study: This represents a very important part of life as a Queen’s student; private self-directed reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation are the foundation of academic achievement.
  • Youth ministry projects and placements: These offer Theology students the opportunity to reflect upon the practical dimension to their studies and are a valuable introduction to the world beyond the university.
  • Supervised projects: In their third year of study Theology students are invited to carry out a significant piece of research on a topic chosen by themselves. Supported by a supervisor, students are guided through the processes of independent research and the scholarly presentation of their results.
  • Personal Tutor: Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during Levels 1 and 2 who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.

Additional information

Career Prospects Some Theology and Philosophy graduates wish to pursue their study of the subject further and proceed after graduation to postgraduate study. Some undertake the life of Christian ministry. Most, however, successfully enter the world of secular employment and bring with them much-valued skills and adaptability, so important in the world of work after university. Among the successful careers, QUB Theologians are to be found in public service as: Social and community workers Teachers (primary and secondary) Civil servants Lawyers...

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