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 Katherine Swancutt
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
11 September 2015 - deadline for all applications. Please apply as soon as possible so that we can assess your application for a place for 2015. International applications are now closed to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
No set number.
PT Home: £2,850 (2015)
PT Overseas: £5,650 (2015)
FT Home: £5,700 (2015)
FT Overseas: £11,300 (2015)
Contact information
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2569
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.


Related programme student profile

Theology & Religious Studies Research MPhil/PhD
I came to King’s to do my MA, and then continued my time here, going on into the PhD. I was initially attracted by the strong reputation and high-profile history of the department in my subject area of systematic theology. The former and current staff members, and many alumni, are well-known contributors to the field.

King’s has been a great place to engage in advanced study in theology – having a raft of world-leading experts from across the sub-disciplines, and with a vibrant and involved research environment. In the Theology Department, there are regular research seminars with international experts presenting cutting-edge work, and plenty of one off lectures and conferences where one is introduced to the much of the most important work currently being undertaken.

The department itself is research-led, having a first-rate pool of experienced PhD supervisors. The King’s PhD experience is quite hands-on, with regular meetings to monitor progress, and it is generous in offering support and guidance where necessary. I have been awarded a full award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which has helped my immeasurably. I consider King’s to be an ideal place in nurturing and cultivating the skills required for top-level academic research; to be applied in an academic career or a similarly research oriented role. I have been opportunities to present my research to my peers, to work as a teaching assistant doing undergraduate teaching and marking, and to represent the department at a variety of international conferences.

With such a broad range of subjects on offer at the heart of London, the King’s experience is pretty unique in both breadth and character. If anyone wants to research theology with a resolutely worldly orientation, and with a view to academic excellence, King’s College London is the ideal choice.