Introduction

The Theology (Online) programme is a flexible, blended part-time, and full time distance, online, programme which offers a range of course options and qualification outcomes.

It warmly welcomes applicants interested in theology, including those who wish to undertake vocational studies relevant to church ministry and convocation.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
BTh
Duration
36 months or 96 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or January
Location of Study
Aberdeen
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There are various modes of study available on the Theology (Online) programme. For students taking the Certificate, Diploma or BTh degree programmes, part-time study typically means earning 60 credits per year, while full-time study means taking 120 credits per year.

ISS – Individual Study (Programme Code: TBC)

If you are looking to take various modules, more for interest rather than an immediate programme pathway, then ISS is a perfect option. There are no prerequisites or compulsory subject areas.

Certificate in Theology

(120 credits; Full Time, one year; Part Time, two years)

(Programme Code: 14V891R1)

For a Certificate in Theology, students are required to take 120 credits (eight courses) which may be chosen from a selection of fifteen credit Level 1 distance learning courses offered as part of the Theology (Online) programme. A minimum of 90 credits at Level 1 is required for the Certificate.

Diploma in Theology

(240 credits; Full Time, two years; Part Time, four years)

(Programme Code: 14V892R2)

For a Diploma in Theology, students are required to take 240 credits (sixteen courses) A minimum of 210 credits at Levels 1 and 2, with at least 120 credits at Level 2, are required for the Diploma.

Bachelors in Theology

(General: 360 credits; Full Time, three years; Part Time, six years; Honours: 480 credits; Full Time, four years; Part Time, eight years)

(Programme Code: General, 08V82088; Honours 08V82070)

For a general BTh, students are required to have accumulated at least 240 credits at Levels 1 and 2, and to take a further 120 credits (four courses) which may be chosen from a selection of thirty credit Level 3 courses offered as part of the Theology (Online) programme.

Part Time Study

Part time study options are available for this programme.

What You'll Study

There are two semesters in the academic year with courses being offered in each semester. There is a range of courses on offer which alternate on a two-year cycle in order to maximise choice and selection. There are no compulsory subjects and advice is available to all students to ensure suitable course selection.

For an Honours BTh, students are required to have achieved at least 330 credit points by the end of level 3 and to take a further 150 credits (five courses) which may be chosen from a selection of thirty credit Level 3 and Level 4 courses. Honours students are required to have a minimum of 90 credits at Level 4. One of these courses will include the 30 credit Honours Dissertation.

Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

We shall endeavour to make all of the course options listed below available. However, these may be subject to change from time to time. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

Ministry candidates for the Church of Scotland, including Ordained Local Ministers and Readers, are required to take eight prescribed ministry-focused Level 1 courses, highlighted in italics, for their training.

Optional Courses

DR1077 - The Rise of Christianity

DR101C - Religions of Ancient Greece and Beyond

HC1502 - Key Works for European Civilisation

DR1580 - Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

DR1581 - Introduction to Christian Theology

DR151Z - Atheism and Atheisms

Latin 1 (LT1010)

15 Credit Points

Latin 1 is an introductory, intensive course for those with little or no previous exposure to Latin. Students completing this course should have a Latin vocabulary of about 400 words and a basic understanding of Latin grammar and syntax. Students successfully completing this course will be adequately prepared to attend Latin 2. Students will very likely discover that their knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar/syntax is improved by their study of Latin. The etymological roots of many English words can be traced to the Latin language.

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Greek Language (New Testament) 1 (DR1078)

15 Credit Points

The course will introduce students to the form of Greek found in the New Testament and help students to begin to read the New Testament in Greek. The programme will follow the textbook by J. Duff, Elements of New Testament Greek (Cambridge University Press, 2005). This is not to be confused with the textbook with the same title by John Wenham.

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Latin 2 (LT1508)

15 Credit Points

Latin 2 picks up where Latin 1 finished in first term. By the end of this course students should have a more or less comprehensive understanding of Latin syntax and grammar, a Latin vocabulary of 700-800 words, and should be capable of translating simple Latin texts into idiomatic English. Students will very likely discover that their knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar/syntax is improved by their study of Latin.

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Greek Language (New Testament) 2 (DR1578)

15 Credit Points

This course, which builds on the foundations laid in DR1039, introduces further study of the grammar and vocabulary of New Testament Greek.

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Year 2

Year 2

Optional Courses

Select 45 credit points from the options below:

DR201M - The Rise of Christianity

DR201C - Religions of Ancient Greece and Beyond

DR202W - Pastoral Care: an Introduction

DR202U - Scottish Church History and Theology Since the Reformation

DR251K - Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

DR251P - Introduction to Christian Theology: Thinking the Faith

DR251Z - Atheism and Atheisms

Year 3

Year 3

Optional Courses

90 credit points from Divinity courses of choice at level 3 or above.

DR302W - Pastoral Care: an Introduction

DR352Y - Animals and Monsters in the Greek World and Beyond

DR302U - Scottish Church History and Theology Since the Reformation

DR352Y - Animals and Monsters in the Greek world

DR355C - The Followers of Lady Poverty

Year 4

Year 4

Optional Courses

Select 90 credit points from courses of choice, at least 60 of which must be from Divinity courses at level 4 (see options below).

DR452Y - Animals and Monsters in the Greek World and Beyond

DR4043 - What is Religion and Theology

DR452Y - Animals and Monsters in the Greek World and Beyond

DR4543 - The Followers of Lady Poverty

Dissertation (DR4544)

30 Credit Points

This course involves the writing of a dissertation in one of the sub-disciplines in Divinity and Religious Studies. Independent Research work is done under the supervision of a member of staff. The dissertation is an extended essay, of no more than 10,000 words inclusive of references. Please note the 10,000 words does not include the bibliography

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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

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of these assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed during the course
  • class presentations
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course
  • online examinations at the end of each course.

Assessment methods differ between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Why Study Theology (Online)?

The Theology (Online) programme is delivered by subject specialists within the School of Divinity at Aberdeen University, utilising a range of innovative online technologies.

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/

Entry Requirements

It is possible to apply to join the Theology (Online) programme in September or January. The application deadline for a September start is 30th July 2021 and for a January start, it is 17th December 2021.

Apply for this programme by completing the application form

Should you require any further information about the Theology (Online) programme, please do not hesitate to contact us at trflp@abdn.ac.uk. The Programme Co-ordinator for the programme is Rev Dr Kenneth Jeffrey.

Entry requirements for the Certificate / Diploma in Theology, either vocational or evidence of prior study, would be expected. For further information concerning admissions, please do not hesitate to contact the Programme Coordinator, Rev Dr Kenneth Jeffrey. (trflp@abdn.ac.uk).

If you wish to apply for readmission to the university, please see the readmission website for more information.

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.


General Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3.

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3.

The information displayed in this section shows a shortened summary of our entry requirements. For more information, or for full entry requirements for Divinity and Theology degrees, see our detailed entry requirements section.


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:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 59 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.

Fee Information

Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who pay tuition fees may be eligible for specific scholarships allowing them to receive additional funding.

  • 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.

Please refer to our InfoHub Tuition Fees page for fee information for this programme, or contact study@abdn.ac.uk.

Scholarships and Funding

Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who pay tuition fees may be eligible for specific scholarships allowing them to receive additional funding. These are designed to provide assistance to help students support themselves during their time at Aberdeen.

Additional Fees

  • 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.

Funding Opportunities

Undergraduate EU Scholarships

The Aberdeen Global Undergraduate Scholarship is open to European Union (EU) students. This is an £8,000 tuition fee discount available to eligible self-funded Undergraduate students who would have previously been eligible for Home (Scottish/EU) fee status. View Undergraduate EU Scholarship

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Our Experts

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes may occur from time to time.

Programme Coordinator
Dr Kenneth Jeffrey

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.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX