Taught course

Theology and Religion

Durham University · Department of Theology and Religion

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement is a good upper second class honours degree (65+% or GPA 3.7), but applicants from non-traditional backgrounds or with other qualifications may be considered subject to interview and a review of written work. The Diploma is an ideal programme to take if you are wanting to transition from another discipline to Theology and Religion, which you might wish to pursue at MA level. It is also ideal if you have already studied theology and religion to first degree level in another country, and wish to become familiar with the critical approach to these subjects that is typical in British public universities. When applying, please ensure that your two chosen referees send their confidential academic references (using the reference form [Word]) to us in a timely manner. Please note that we are unable to accept ‘open’ references submitted by yourself. The referees may send the references by email directly from their institutional email addresses to theo.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk provided they are signed, or by post to the address provided on the reference form. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is intended for students who hold a BA (Honours) degree or equivalent in another discipline, but who wish to acquire a knowledge of Theology and Religion at a level which would permit them to undertake further study in the subject.

Course structure

Four option modules; dissertation.

Core Modules
  • Graduate Diploma dissertation.
Optional Modules

Optional Modules in previous years have included:

2 choices from:
  • Landscapes of Worship in Contemporary South Asia
  • Literature and Theology of the Old Testament
  • New Testament Theology
  • Topics in Christian Ethics
  • Death, Ritual and Belief
  • The Making of Modern Christianity: Medieval and Reformation Europe
  • Christian Theology: Essential Questions I
  • Christian Theology: Essential Questions II
  • God, Freedom and the Soul
  • Philosophy and the Christian Tradition
  • One further 20 credit module offered by the Department of Theology & Religion at Levels 1 or 2
Plus 2 choices from:
  • Aramaic
  • Biblical Theology
  • Advanced Greek Texts
  • Religious Innovations
  • New Testament Ethics
  • Issues in Old Testament Studies
  • The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent
  • The First Urban Churches
  • Religion and Film
  • Religious Violence in the Reformation Era
  • Emotion and Identity in Religion
  • The Sociology of Conservative Protestantism
  • The Postmodern God
  • 1 Peter and the Petrine Tradition (English)
  • 1 Peter and the Petrine Tradition (with Greek)
  • The Theology of Thomas Aquinas
  • Marriage and Family in Christian Social Teaching
  • War and Peace in the Orthodox Tradition
  • Gospel, Mission and Empire
  • The Letters of John and the origins of Gnosticism (English)
  • The Letters of John and the origins of Gnosticism (Greek)
  • The Historical Jesus
  • Reading Greek Sources about the Historical Jesus
  • Jesus Christ in the Twentieth Century
  • Faith and the Experience of War in the Christian World
  • Religions in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Religious Difference in the Reformation World
  • The Doctrine of the Church from the Fathers to the Present

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study..

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
21 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Department of Theology and Religion
(0) 191 334 3293