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 Dip in Catholic Theology provides an in-depth knowledge of individual figures, periods, themes and areas of Catholic theology. This course is particularly 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 while three further optional modules will enable you to adopt a historical and philosophical approach to the subject from an ethical and political perspective through the study of topics such as faith and reason, twentieth century Catholic theology and conceiving change in contemporary Catholicism.

The course is offered part-time over two years via distance learning. It has been 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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