Theology & Religious Studies


Grad Dip


Part Time, Full Time

| Admissions status: Open
Designed to ease the transition from another area of study. May be used as a qualifying programme for study at MA level. Flexible structure. Select modules from Theology, Religion in the Contemporary World and Religion, Philosophy & Ethics.

  • Theology & Religious Studies is taught in the very centre of one of the world's most dynamic cities.
  • It is one of the largest and most wide-ranging departments of Theology & Religious Studies in the UK.
  • Unparallelled access to specialist libraries, including the Maughan Library at King's, and other religious and cultural resources in central London.
  • A supportive educational environment within a department that specialises in the three 'Abrahamic' faiths.

Student destinations
Further academic research; teaching; journalism; religious institutions.
Programme leader/s
Dr Susannah Ticciati
Awarding Institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 90 / ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Strand Campus.
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Closing date
We are still accepting applications for this programme. Please apply as soon as possible so that we can assess your application for a place for 2014.  International applications must be received before 31 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
No set number.
PT Home: £TBC
PT Overseas: £TBC
FT Home: £5500 (2014)
FT Overseas: £11000 (2014)
Contact information
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2765 / 2232 / 7232
fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Email Website

For applicants of graduate or equivalent status in areas of study other than Theology & Religious Studies. The Graduate Diploma may be used as a qualifying programme to enable study at MA level, as it is especially designed to ease the transition to Theology & Religious Studies from another subject.

The Graduate Diploma is open to applicants of graduate or equivalent status in areas unrelated to Theology & Religious Studies. It offers a means of obtaining a measure of competence in the field of Theology & Religious Studies without commitment to a full degree programme.
Some students may use it as a qualifying course to enable study at MA level. The structure of the Graduate Diploma is deliberately flexible allowing you to either specialise in one particular area of study or take a broader approach to different areas of the subject.

Core programme content

You will take level-6 modules from the lists prescribed for the BA in Theology; the BA in Religion in the Contemporary World; and the BA in Religion, Philosophy & Ethics and complete a dissertation.
An indicative list of modules available can be found on the Department of Theology & Religious Studies webpages.

Part-time attendance: one-two days per week. Taught modules are assessed by coursework and/or examination, plus a dissertation.

General entry advice

Usually a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent).

Enhanced criminal conviction check
Occupational Health clearance required?

To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.


Your application will be assessed by at least one academic member of staff. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.


Please provide a personal statement with your application, explaining why you wish to take our programme, and outlinining your relevant background experience. You should also give your undergraduate degree qualification, School/College, subject, grade and date.


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I didn’t so much choose King’s, as it chose me. I was actually looking at a job advertised on the National Gallery’s website when I saw a reference to my course. Intrigued, I had a look at King’s’ site and although I had never considered doing a Master’s it suddenly seemed to be exactly what I was looking for: an opportunity to focus my interests and learn more about a field I was hoping to work in. For several years I had been thinking about ‘Christian art,’ in particular what it might look like today, along with its place and function.

It has been said that art galleries are the cathedrals of today and therefore places where truth and revelation may still be sought. In Western culture where there is a general wariness of organised religion and a turning away from traditional means of Christian communication, perhaps art could be a means of bridging the gap? To embark upon such a course of study may seem unusual for someone like myself with many years of working life already behind them. But rather than cruising towards retirement I felt there was still time to explore something new.

My first year is more than fulfilling my expectations, with great teaching, good support, and a wealth of resources available. I knew of King’s excellent reputation for Theology and its Christian foundation when I applied and for me this adds an extra dimension. The Chaplaincy keeps me informed of events and services which reflect the rhythm of the church year. And the college choir is fantastic!

I know what I’m doing is a privilege. Two years will pass very quickly.