Studying our Theology degree provides you with the opportunity to study in-depth the core disciplines of the subject including biblical studies, church history, systematics and philosophical theology. Your study of the Bible will feed into your growing knowledge of Christian theology so that you will acquire expertise in finding your way through the complex and rich Christian tradition.
During your studies you will have the option to learn Hebrew and/or Greek to be able to read the Bible in the languages it was first written. You will gain an understanding of the historical development of Christianity, and will analyse in critical depth the processes of twentieth century liturgical reform across a range of Christian traditions.
The degree embodies Hope’s commitment to take faith seriously and at the same time to be intellectually stretching, stimulating and challenging. The teaching staff represent a broad range of Christian traditions, and all of our lecturers are experts in their field and well published. To further support your studies, you will have access to our special collections archives, which house texts dating back to the 15th Century.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
During your first year of study, there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments that you may have.
Throughout your three years of study you will have a number of assessments, including presentations, essays, portfolios based on tutorial work and formal written exams. In your final year, you will complete a dissertation, using skills you have developed over the first two years of your programme.
You will receive your feedback via the University’s Virtual Online Learning Environment (Moodle), and you are also welcome to discuss the feedback with your tutors.
Your first year is an introduction to the study of Christianity, using the dynamic relationship between the material and the spiritual as a key focus. Upon being introduced to Biblical Studies you will gain an understanding of ancient religion and the world of the Bible. You will gain a broad understanding of Judaism and ancient languages, as well as World Christianity. You study the early church in terms of theology worship and liturgy, with a particular focus on the development of theologies of Christ and of the Trinity.
Other topics you cover in your first year include mystical and philosophical theology, ethics and the problem of evil, and Christian engagement with art. You will also explore spirituality and worship in the Medieval World, and the medieval understanding of the human person in terms of sin and atonement.
In your second year, you explore the reformation, with a particular focus on history, theology and biblical interpretation. You will study the first five books of the Bible, and the letters of the New Testament. You will also look at Christianity encounters in the modern world in terms of theology and the Enlightenment.
You will look at World Christianity and its missions, and the ethical challenges to Christianity and the notion of the self. You will also explore the tension between reason and religious feeling. Finally, you have the option to study Biblical Greek or Hebrew as an extra language.
In your final year, you will study the key thinkers and issues facing theology in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Thinkers will include Tillich, Bonhoeffer, Mary Daly, Karl Rahner, Grace Jantzen, Henri de Lubac, James Cone. You explore Christian theological responses to recent issues such as the holocaust, feminist thinking, the struggle for freedom and justice. You will also complete specialist study in the Old and New Testaments, and will look at conflict and resolutions inside and outside the Church.
You choose two of the following seminar strands:
And two of the following seminar strands:
You will also complete a dissertation on a research topic of your choice.
|UCAS Tariff Points||136 - 104|
|Access to HE||136 - 104 Tariff Points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||136 - 104 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications|
|Subject Requirements||No specific subject requirements|
|Specific Country Requirements||Select your country|
|IELTS||6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5|
As a graduate in Theology, you will have developed excellent skills in critical thinking and expression, which are highly prized by employers. You will be competent in textual analysis, report writing and have high-level oral communication skills. You will have an in-depth knowledge of Christianity, a capacity to work with primary texts in different languages and an ability to empathise with and understand different points of view.
This prepares you for a range of careers including education, law, media, public administration, social, pastoral and community work. Many graduates enter the teaching profession.
You will also be well positioned to pursue postgraduate study in theology and related humanities subjects. More broadly, theology equips you with the intellectual skills and perspectives needed for facing the ethical and ideological challenges of the contemporary world.
The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
On top of your tuition fees, you need approximately £200 to buy key textbooks.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation webpages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.