The Christian and Religious Studies Flexible Programme is a part-time distance programme, which offers a range of qualification and course options.
The Programme warmly welcomes applicants interested in theology, religious studies and divinity, as well as those looking to undertake vocational studies relevant to church ministry and convocation.
This programme is studied fully online.
There are various modes of study available on the Christian and Religious Studies Flexible Programme:
ISS – Individual Study
(Programme Code: TBC)
If you are looking to take various modules, more for interest rather than immediate programme pathway, then ISS is a perfect option. There are no prerequisites and compulsory subject areas.
Certificate in Christian Studies
(Programme Code: 14V891R1)
For a Certificate in Christian Studies, students would be required to take 120 credits which may be drawn from a selection Level 1 and Level 2 distance learning courses offered as part of the Christian and Religious Studies Flexible Programme.
Diploma in Christian Studies
(Programme Code: 14V892R2)
For a Diploma in Christian Studies, it would be required to take 240 credits with at least 100 at Level 2. Credits taken as part of the Certificate in Christian Studies can contribute towards the Diploma.
There are no compulsory courses for either the Certificate or Diploma in Christian Studies.
Bachelors in Theology (Distance)
(Programme Code: with Honours 08V82070, without 08V82088)
2016-2017 onwards a new qualification in Bachelors in Theology (without or with Honours) is available.
MA and distance learning degrees
There is range of flexible degree programmes, such as Undergraduate MA, Postgraduate MA and PhD available at Aberdeen Further details for these programmes may be found by clicking in the following links:
Flexible part-time Undergraduate MA
Key Programme Information
At a Glance
- Learning Mode
- Online Learning
- Degree Qualification
- 96 months
- Study Mode
- Part Time
- Start Month
- January or September
- Location of Study
What You'll Study
There is a vast range of courses on offer to distance learning students, which alternate on a yearly basis so to maximise on choice and selection.
There are two semesters to the academic year with a range of courses being offered in each half session. To be as flexible as possible students are able to take as many courses per annum, (upper limit 75 credits with a lower limit of 15 credits per academic year). There are no compulsory subjects and advice is given to all students to ensure suitable course selection.
*Please note that courses offered each academic year may change. The courses listed below are being offered in the current academic year.
- Year 1
Level 1 / 2 (Certificate/Diploma)
Level One / Level Two courses available during 2018/2019 include:
It is possible to take the following courses at either level one or level two. If a course is taken at one level, it is not possible to reduplicate at another level.
DR1090/ DR2090 Exploring the Tradition of Western Ethics
DR1092/ DR2077 History and Religion of Ancient Israel
DR101A/ DR2080 Theology from Jesus to Calvin
DR101F/ DR201F What It Means to be Dead
DR1088/ DR2088 Asian Religions and the West
DR1598/ DR2579 Jesus in History and Culture
DR151G/ DR2586 The Pilgrim City
DR1594/ DR2594 Islam - Past and Present
Level One only course options available during 2018/2019:
DR1078 Ancient Greek Language (1)
DR1578 Ancient Greek Language (2)
- Year 2
Level 2 / 3: Diploma / Degree
Level Two / Level Three course options available during 2018/2019:
It is possible to take the following courses at either level two or level three. If a course is taken at one level, it is not possible to reduplicate at another level.
DR2064/DR301X Theology & Practice of Preaching
DR251V/DR351V Sacramental Theology
- Year 3
PROGRAMME YEAR 3 (Degree)
DR301P Special Subject
DR305C Junior Honours Special Study
DR351P Junior Honours Special Subject
DR355C Junior Honours Special Study
DR351Z Creation and Cosmos in the Ancient World
- Year 4
PROGRAMME YEAR 4 (Degree)
DR4043 Senior Honours Special Subject
DR4543 Divinity Senior Honours Special Subject
DR451Z Creation and Cosmos in the Ancient World
We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.
How You'll Study
- Individual Projects
Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:
- coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
- practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
- written examinations at the end of each course.
The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.
Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.
Why Study Christian and Religious Studies Flexible Programme Certificate, Diploma, or BTh Theology (Distance)?
Certificate and Diploma in Christian Studies courses are delivered by subject specialists within the School of Divinity, utilising a range of innovative online technologies. For further details about subject specialists within the School of Divinity and Religious Studies, please click on the following link: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sdhp/divinity-religious-studies/
Each course offers blended teaching and learning approaches, to include subject specific learning platforms, synchronous online tutorials, downloadable lectures and learning materials.
As a student at the University at Aberdeen you would have full access to the student faculties and support, such as library access (online journals and digitalised volumes), student support, student academic support, personal tutor and online Student Hub. Further details about the range of facilities available at Aberdeen may be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/students/
It is possible to apply for the Christian and Religious Studies Flexible Programme for either September or January start. The deadline for a September start is 20th August and for a January start 20th December.
Should you require any further information about the Christian and Religious Studies Flexible Programme, please do not hesitate to contact us at CRS@abdn.ac.uk. The Programme Co-ordinator for the Christian and Religious Studies Flexible Programme is Dr Sam Newington.
To apply for the Christian and Religious Studies Programme, simply download the online application form.
Entry requirements for the Certificate / Diploma in Christian Studies, either vocational or evidence of prior study, would be expected. For further information concerning admissions, please do not hesitate to contact the Programme Coordinator, Sam Newington (CRS@abdn.ac.uk).
If you wish to apply for readmission to the university, please see the readmission website for more information.
The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.
Further detailed entry requirements for Divinity and Theology degrees.
English Language Requirements
To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:
OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0
OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21
OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54
Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:
OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169
Fees and Funding
For international students (all non-EU students) the tuition fee charged upon entry will apply to all years of study; however, most international students will be eligible for a fee waiver in their final year via the International Undergraduate Scholarship.
Most RUK students (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) on a four year honours degree will be eligible for a full-fees waiver in their final year. Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.
- In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
- For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.
Our Funding Database
View all funding options in our Funding Database.
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- Programme Coordinator
- Dr Sam Newington
Information About Staff Changes
You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time.
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