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Theology BA

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Overview

This distinguished degree has been offered by King's since its foundation. It is designed to stimulate critical thinking about and exploration of the cultural and intellectual riches of the Christian tradition. Students explore the roots of that tradition through close interpretation of its texts and by studying the immense and diverse impact it has had on both the history of this country and the wider world.


Key benefits

  • King's is home to a large, vibrant Department of Theology & Religious Studies, with special expertise in Islam, Judaism and Christianity and a variety of contemporary religious movements.

  • The Department is ranked joint third in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research.

  • Our teaching makes the most of London's rich religious culture, incorporating many places of worship and the collections of the British Museum.

  • King's central location offers easy access to numerous libraries across London.

  • Students develop key transferable skills which can lead to a variety of different careers.

 


Key information

UCAS code V610

Duration Three years/six years

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Course type Single honours

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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Entry requirements

Required grades:

AAB

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

 

Preferred subjects

None.

 


Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Required grades:

35 points overall with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

 

Preferred subjects

None.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

 

Preferred subjects

None.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Required grades:

D3 D3 M2

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

 

Preferred subjects

None.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

 

Preferred subjects

None.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

 

Preferred subjects

None.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

 

Preferred subjects

None.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

Required grades:

80% overall

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

 

Preferred subjects

None.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

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

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

 

Preferred subjects

None.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy

Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A levels

AAB at A-Level

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2016

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Course detail

Description

This degree is designed to stimulate critical thinking about and exploration of the cultural and intellectual riches of the Christian tradition. Students explore the roots of that tradition through close interpretation of its texts and by studying the immense and diverse impact it has had on both the history of this country and the wider world.

The study of theology, which is central to the degree, gives students a systematic grasp of Christian thought and exposes them to the ways in which it has inspired philosophers, thinkers, artists and social movements from across the centuries and down to the recent present, as well as elicited fierce criticism.

This degree provides students with precise skills, such as the opportunity to master biblical languages and explore texts, while also challenging them to make connections between and across diverse fields of study. It produces graduates with the critical skills and intellectual flexibility required to shine in a wide range of careers.

TEACHING STYLE

We strongly believe that teaching and research should be closely related. All teaching members of staff are therefore research-active, many enjoying international reputations as leaders in their fields. Our commitment to original research means that we can introduce students to new discoveries in areas as diverse as priesthood and cult in ancient Israel; mysticism; political Islam and the state; the relationship between philosophy and literature, and between moral and aesthetic value; and religion and politics, in particular nationalism, ethnicity and global networks.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT

Each programme has a distinctive core, defined through a unique pattern of modules (some year-long modules, some over a single term). Some modules are compulsory, mostly in the first year when they are introductory. The scope for choice increases substantially in the second and third years, to suit developing individual interests and strengths. Module options may change from year to year; we strive constantly to enhance the variety of modules on offer. Methods of assessment vary from one module to another, but typically involve the submission of some coursework (usually an essay) and an unseen written examination in the summer. A few modules involve either coursework or a summer examination. 

LOCATION

As befits a capital city that is home to a mix of people of hugely diverse backgrounds, London offers tremendous opportunities for the student of religion. Numerous religious groups with their very different beliefs and rituals, as well as artistic traditions exhibited in places of worship, exist on the department’s doorstep. Unrivalled resources enabling us to put those facets into context are close at hand: looking beyond the College, we can turn to the National Archives, the British Library, the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Lambeth Palace Library, to name only a few.

 

Structure

  • You will study the following core and optional modules. We review our modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes, so this list may change.


    Students study the modules below.


    Required Modules

    • Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

    • New Testament: Gospel & Letters

    • Systematic Theology: Nature & Method

    • Turning Points: Christianity in England since 1500

    Optional Modules

    Chosen from the Department's year one / level 4 modules. Students are encouraged to take at least one Biblical language. In Yr 1, this is:

    • Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts

     

  • You will take four modules from the selection of required modules, with your remaining choices coming from the wide range of option modules offered by the Department.


    Required Modules

    • Ritual in the Old Testament OR Theological Themes of the Old Testament.

    • Paul in Context OR The World of Jesus OR New Testament Greek and Exegesis

    • An Introduction to the Doctrine of the Person of Christ OR ‘What is Christianity?’ Patristic Perspectives

    • Religion, Culture & Society in Reformation Europe OR Between Revolutions: British Christianity 1689-1860.

    Optional Modules

    Chosen from the Department's year two / level 5 modules.

    Students are encouraged to take at least one Biblical language. In Yr 2, these are:

    • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew or

    • Intermediate Greek with Texts.

  • At least four of the following modules:


    Required Modules

    • Varieties of Religious Experience: Christianity in Britain 1850-1970

    • The English Reformation

    • Exploring New Testament Theology

    • Hebrew Texts

    • Principles of Systematic Theology

    • Law & Ethics in the Hebrew Bible

    • Women in the Hebrew Bible

    • Jesus in Context: The Study of the Historical Jesus

    • Contemporary Philosophy & Theology.

    Optional Modules

    Chosen from the Department's year three modules. You also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

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Career prospects

Our students develop key transferable skills in critical analysis, argumentation and communication that are indispensable in a wide variety of occupations. 

Career destinations

King’s students go on to careers in: government, the Civil Service, non-government organisations, social services, the caring professions, charities, law, the City, academia, PR and advertising, journalism and the media, entertainment and the arts, the church and other religious organisations.

Recent graduates from Theology and Religious Studies have found employment as: Insight Manager, ISPUN; Sales Executive, Events company; PR Assistant, PR Company; Research Ethics Co-ordinator, National Research Ethics Service; Researcher, Houses of Parliament; Trainee Accountant, Accountancy Firm; Children/Family Worker, Regents Trust; Publishing Assistant, Allison and Busby; Research Assistant, Tyndale House; Company Director, Musical Entertainment company.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£16,250 p.a. (2016/17)**

For further undergraduate funding information, please visit our fees and funding webpages.

*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.

**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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