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Theology with Computing, English or Philosophy

BA, DipHE, CertHE

Religious beliefs provide many people with a sense of purpose, a source of values and a way of life. Studying Theology provides an understanding of religious beliefs and the way in which they have shaped societies, allowing you to evaluate your own beliefs about the nature and purpose of human existence.

If you’re interested in studying Theology with elements of another discipline, this joint degree is the ideal option. 75 per cent of your degree is made up from courses in Theology, with the remaining 25 per cent from either English, Philosophy or Computing.

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Theology provides an understanding of religious beliefs and the way in which they have shaped societies, allowing you to evaluate your own beliefs.

Combined degree - Theology major:

If you combine Theology with English, you will be looking at subjects that are fundamental to human societies: language, literature and theology. With an understanding of theological ideas, you will have greater insight into many works of literature informed or inspired by Christianity and other religions.

If you combine Theology with Philosophy, you’ll gain new perspectives on the philosophy of religion. You’ll analyse the philosophical scrutiny of claims made by religious believers and explore diverse questions such as the nature and existence of God, and the compatibility of divine omniscience and human freedom.

If you combine Theology with Computing, you can investigate human cognition in theological and digital forms. You’ll gain valuable experience for the emerging field of digital humanities, which includes preservation and archiving techniques.

Course details

You complete 12 courses for the BA, 8 courses for the DipHE, or 4 courses for the CertHE.

Some of your minor subjects have pathways (routes to follow at each stage) or prerequisites (courses you need to take ahead of another), so plan your route carefully to ensure it meets your needs.

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Independent study

For our combined degrees, 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.

The support you receive also differs slightly depending on your minor subject.

  • English / Computing minor: you have the opportunity to take part in online workshops for these courses and receive personalised feedback on coursework.
  • Philosophy minor: you will direct your own learning with guidance from the study materials.


All courses except the dissertation are assessed by an unseen written exam, which is usually held in May/June.

If you take Computing as your minor, you will submit coursework for most of your Computing courses. You also submit a formative essay for your Stage 1 English courses, which helps you prepare for exams.

The dissertation is an essay of 8,000-10,000 words on an agreed topic. You can receive feedback on a one-page outline and two complete drafts of the work before you submit it for assessment.

More about exams.

For access to the BA or DipHE (major in Theology), you will usually meet the following criteria:

For access to the CertHE (major in Theology):

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

If you choose English as your minor subject, you will also need GCE A-Level English at grade A-E (or equivalent).

If you choose Computing as your minor subject and take Computing and Information Systems courses (CIS), you will also need a GCSE in a mathematics-related subject at grade A*-C / 9-4 (or equivalent). If you choose Computing and Cognition courses (CC), you will need grade A*-B / 9-5 in a mathematics-related subject.

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

Your total fee will depend on your minor subject and the length of time it takes you to complete your qualification. The course fee reflects the level of support available (English courses receive greater online support than Philosophy, for example) and includes one examination attempt.

Do I meet the language 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. We can award this towards the BA degree (up to four courses) and the DipHE (up to two courses).

More about Accreditation of Prior Learning.

The fees below relate to the 2017-2018 session. These may increase by up to 5% per year.

Academic Year2017-2018
Annual registration fee£ 883
English course£ 318
Computing full course / half course£ 318 / £ 159
Philosophy course£ 224
Theology course£ 252
Examination resit fees 
Computing full course / half course£ 219 / £ 110
English course£ 219
Philosophy course£ 170
Theology course£ 170

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Your total fee will depend on your minor subject and the length of time it takes you to complete your qualification. The course fee reflects the level of support available (English courses receive greater online support than Philosophy, for example) and includes one examination attempt.

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.

Studying a combined degree with a major in Theology will equip you with skills for a wide range of contexts. You will develop your analytical skills and apply them to a range of creative or functional situations.

As a graduate of this combined degree, your strengths will include understanding complex ideas, communicating effectively, and making persuasive arguments. This will be useful for careers in public service, research, advertising, journalism, arts administration and cultural heritage.

What do employers think of our graduates?

These combined degrees draw on the academic expertise of three of the University of London’s member institutions.

  • The courses in Philosophy are developed by Birkbeck, University of London, which has one of the highest ranking Philosophy departments in the UK.
  • Courses in English and Computing are development by Goldsmiths, University of London – one of the country’s leading creative universities.
  • The Theology courses are now directed by the University of London (formerly Heythrop College).

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.

Dr Maggie Cooper - Programme Director, Goldsmiths

Dr Maggie Cooper - Goldsmiths

"You can combine courses from major and minor subjects to reflect your interests and career aspirations."