Taught course

Catholic Theology (Distance Learning)

Durham University · Department of Theology and Religion

Entry requirements

A 2:1 undergraduate degree in Theology, or Religious Studies or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Led by the University’s world-renowned Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) in partnership with the Department of Theology and Religion the PG Cert in Catholic Theology provides an in-depth knowledge of individual figures, periods, themes and areas of Catholic theology.

This course is suitable if you have an undergraduate education in Theology, Religious Studies, or a related discipline. It is an excellent foundation for progression to the MA, and for those pursuing ongoing personal and professional development.

You will undertake a ‘Preliminary Tour’ as a core module plus one further module of your choice from options including faith and reason, twentieth century Catholic theology and conceiving change in contemporary Catholicism.

The course is offered part-time over one year via distance learning. It is part of a suite of courses set up to enable you to study from wherever you live regardless of your time zone. However, there will be a residential session of 2-3 days in the University each year. The residential is an important part of the course. It offers a valuable opportunity to connect with fellow students and lecturers and to attend a series of tailored lectures and seminar sessions.

As a distance learner, you will be considered a valued and engaged member of the CCS and the Department’s student body as whole. You will be encouraged to participate in the Department’s research seminars where possible and other online events. We also hold an early career conference in Catholic Studies which is run online in alternate years. We are fully committed to making the high-quality academic study of Catholic theology available to students in different parts of the world and in a wide variety of life situations.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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