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Theology & Religious Studies Grad Dip



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.

Key benefits 

  • 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.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 90 / ECTS 90

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders Dr Katherine Swancutt,

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Theology and Religious Studies


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

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

Application procedure

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.

Personal statement and supporting information

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.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.


Course detail


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.

Course purpose

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.

Further literature 

Course format and assessment

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


  • Required Modules


    Optional Modules

    Students take a further 90 credits worth of modules. At least 60 credits must comprise of Level 6 modules, with the remaining 30 credits being from either Level 5 or 6. 

    At Level 6 these modules could typically include:

    Hebrew Texts: Prose (15 credits);  Principles of Systematic Theology (15 credits);  Women and Gender in the Bible (15 credits);  Varieties of Religious Experience: Christianity in Britain 1850-1970 (15 credits);  Contemporary Theology & Philosophy (15 credits);  Philosophy of Religious Life (15 credits);  Anthropological Approaches to Religious Innovation and Questions of Being (15 credits);  Theravada Buddhism (15 credits);  The English Reformation (15 credits);  Exploring New Testament Theology I (15 credits);  Special Questions in Social Ethics (15 credits);  Contemporary Thought in the Muslim World (15 credits);  Law and Ethics in the Old Testament (15 credits);  European Jews & the ‘Orient’ (15 credits);  The Search for Meaning (15 credits);  Religion, Politics & Global Media (15 credits)

    At Level 5 these modules could typically include: 

    Modern Islam I: History and Politics (15 credits);  An Introduction to the Doctrine of the Person of Christ (15 credits);  Intermediate Greek with Texts (15 credits);  Religion in Different Social & Geopolitical Contexts: Anthropological Perspectives (15 credits);  Modern Islam II: Sociological and Intellectual Practices (15 credits);  Paul in Context (15 credits);  Religion, Culture and Society in Reformation Europe (15 credits);  Ritual in the Old Testament (15 credits);  Salvation & the City: Christian Faith & the Arts in London (15 credits);  Applied Ethics (15 credits);  Philosophy & Film (15 credits);  Religion & Politics in International & Transnational Contexts (15 credits);  Religious Difference: Jewish, Christian & Other Perspectives (15 credits);  New Testament Greek and Exegesis A (15 credits);  The Bible in Modern Imagination (15 credits);  Theological Themes of the Hebrew Bible (15 credits);  ‘What is Christianity?’: Patristic Perspectives (15 credits);  Between Revolutions: British Christianity 1689-1860 (15 credits);  Faith and Enlightenment: Philosophies of Religion from Anselm to Kant (15 credits);  Buddhist Ethics (15 credits);  Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (30 credits)

    A list of modules running in the current year can be accessed in the current departmental Student Handbook

    The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may change between years.


Career prospects

Further academic research; teaching; journalism; religious institutions.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,600 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£2,300 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£8,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

 *This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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