Theology and Religious Studies

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Theology & Religious Studies is designed as a bridge from undergraduate to master's study and may be used as a qualifying course for study at MA level. It offers a flexible structure where you can select modules from Theology, Religion, Politics & Society, Theology, Religion & Culture and Religion, Philosophy & Ethics.

Key benefits:

  • Theology & Religious Studies is taught in the very centre of one of the world's most dynamic cities.
  • It is one of the largest and most wide-ranging departments of Theology & Religious Studies, and is ranked in the top 10 in the UK (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018).
  • Unparallelled access to specialist libraries, including the Maughan Library at King's, and other religious and cultural resources in central London.
  • A supportive educational environment within a department that specialises in the three 'Abrahamic' faiths.

Who should take this course

For applicants of graduate or equivalent status in areas of study other than Theology & Religious Studies. The Graduate Diploma may be used as a qualifying course to enable study at MA level, as it is especially designed to ease the transition to Theology & Religious Studies from another subject.


Grad Dip

Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

You are required to take:

  • Independent Study Project - Dissertation (30 Credits) If you are a part-time student, you will take this in your second year.

Optional Modules:

  • You are required to take 90 credits from a range of optional modules. At least 60 credits from this total must be taken from level six modules (more advanced) with the remainder coming from modules at either Level 5 or 6.
  • If you are a part-time student, you will take 60 credits in your first year and 30 in your second from either list.

The lists of modules may typically include:

Level 5:

  • Modern Islam I: History & Politics (15 credits)
  • An Introduction to the Doctrine of the Person of Christ (15 credits)
  • Intermediate Greek with Texts (15 credits)
  • Religion in Different Social & Geopolitical Contexts: Anthropological Perspectives (15 credits)
  • Modern Islam II: Sociological & Intellectual Practices (15 credits)
  • Paul in Context (15 credits)
  • Religion, Culture & Society in Reformation Europe (15 credits)
  • Ritual in the Old Testament (15 credits)
  • Salvation & the City: Christian Faith & the Arts in London (15 credits)
  • Applied Ethics (15 credits)
  • Philosophy & Film (15 credits)
  • Religion & Politics in International & Transnational Contexts (15 credits)
  • Religious Difference: Jewish, Christian & Other Perspectives (15 credits)
  • New Testament Greek & Exegesis A (15 credits)
  • The Bible in Modern Imagination (15 credits)
  • Theological Themes of the Hebrew Bible (15 credits)
  • 'What is Christianity?': Patristic Perspectives (15 credits)
  • Between Revolutions: British Christianity 1689-1860 (15 credits)
  • Faith and Enlightenment: Philosophies of Religion from Anselm to Kant (15 credits)
  • Buddhist Ethics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (30 credits)

Level 6:

  • Hebrew Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • Principles of Systematic Theology (15 credits)
  • Women & Gender in the Bible (15 credits)
  • Varieties of Religious Experience: Christianity in Britain 1850-1970 (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Theology & Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Religious Life (15 credits)
  • Anthropological Approaches to Religious Innovation & Questions of Being (15 credits)
  • Theravada Buddhism (15 credits)
  • The English Reformation (15 credits)
  • Exploring New Testament Theology I (15 credits)
  • Special Questions in Social Ethics (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Thought in the Muslim World (15 credits)
  • Law & Ethics in the Old Testament (15 Credits)
  • European Jews & the 'Orient' (15 credits)
  • The Search for Meaning (15 credits)
  • Religion, Politics & Global Media (15 credits)


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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