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Divinity and Theology

BD, DipHE, CertHE

Please note: This programme is currently undergoing significant changes. Updated programme information will be available by the end of April 2019.

Christianity will be your main focus, with options to study other religions and /or specialise in areas such as the philosophy of religion and ethics, church history or science and religion. You will study questions which are of fundamental human concern, e.g. the purpose of human life, or what happens to us when we die.

You will also gain a deeper understanding of individuals and communities who have been influenced by religious belief and understand how these beliefs have shaped societies.

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Study the Divinity and Theology programme with academic direction from the University of London wherever you are in the world.

By studying this degree, you will:

  • gain a deeper understanding of individuals and communities who have been influenced by religious belief
  • have a better idea of your own answers to some of life’s important questions
  • will be able to analyse texts and arguments
  • will be able to produce clear written accounts of your knowledge and arguments.

Course details

Bachelor of Divinity: You study 12 modules: 5 compulsory, 6 optional, and a dissertation.
DipHE in Theology: You study 8 modules: 5 compulsory, 3 optional.
CertHE in Theology: You study 4 modules (Level 4).
Individual courses: Individual courses are available.

View Modules for Bachelor of Divinity

View Modules for DipHE in Theology

View  Modules for CertHE in Theology

Application deadline 1 October 2019
Registration deadline November 2019

Independent study

We supply learning materials which are specially designed for distance learning. You will also have access to a significant range of online resources, including a fully supported Virtual Learning Environment and online library.

Study materials

We send you the core study materials you need to complete the programme. These include a Programme Handbook of practical information (such as how to enter exams), subject guides for each course you choose, and past exam papers and commentaries, which give you valuable tips for performing well in exams.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.


Each module (except for the Dissertation) is examined by one unseen written exam, usually held in May. The Dissertation module is assessed by an 8,000-10,000 word dissertation.

Exams are held in May each year. You can sit your exams at one of 400 approved examination centres located all over the world.

More about exams.

For access to the BD or DipHE, you will usually meet the following criteria:

For access to the CertHE:

  • Age 18+ by 01 September in the year of registration.
  • Three GCSEs (Grade A*-C / 9-4) or equivalent.
  • Meet our English language requirements.

Even if you don’t meet the standard requirements (including age), we will consider each application on its own merits. Our Admissions Panel will consider whether any alternative / incomplete qualifications or work experience you have are suitable for entry to the programme.

I don’t meet the entry requirements. What can I do?

English Language requirements

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Do I hold the English requirements?

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

More about computer requirements.

Can I transfer credits from other awards?

If you have studied material as part of a previous qualification that is comparable in content and standard, you might be exempted from the equivalent course for the University of London degree. This is known as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), Credit Transfer or Exemption. For the Bachelor of Divinity, you can apply for up to four Level 4 modules.

More about Accreditation of Prior Learning.

Please note: This programme is currently undergoing significant changes. Updated programme information will be available by the end of March 2019.

The fees below relate to the 2018-2019 session. These are subject to annual review.

Academic year


Application fee (non refundable)

£ 97

Initial registration fee

£ 920

Examination fee per module

£ 290

Continuing registration fee

£ 525

Dissertation fee (BD only)

£ 490

Other fees (as applicable) 

Application fee for accreditation of prior learning per course, BD only)

£ 103

Indicative total: BD£ 6028
Indicative total: DipHE£ 3948
Indicative total: CertHE£ 2177

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Individual courses taken on a stand-alone basis


Application fee (non-refundable)

£ 97

Composite fee (registration and one examination attempt) per course

£ 525

Resit examination fee per course

£ 290

Fee for extension of registration, per annum, per individual course

£ 260

Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees.

You will gain the skills and ability to understand and analyse complex ideas and to produce a coherent written account is essential in many contexts.

Theology is particularly useful for those working in churches and the teaching profession, social services, or other occupations that are concerned with people and their values. The managerial and organisational levels of the voluntary sector are also particularly interested in those with theological expertise.

What do employers think of our graduates?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

Programme Director

Elizabeth Burns is Director of the Theology programmes offered by the University of London. She teaches Philosophy of Religion. From 2003-2008 she was the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Elizabeth has a BD (specialising in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics) from King’s College London, a PhD from Queens’ College, Cambridge, a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education from Suffolk College, Ipswich, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.