The Theology and Religion Flexible Learning Programme is a part-time distance programme which offers a range of course options and qualification outcomes.

It warmly welcomes applicants interested in theology and religious studies, including those who wish 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 Theology and Religion 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 Theology and Religion
(Programme Code: 14V891R1)
For a Certificate in Theology and Religion, 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 Theology and Religion Flexible Programme.

Diploma in Theology and Religion
(Programme Code: 14V892R2)
For a Diploma in Theology and Religion, it would be required to take 240 credits with at least 100 at Level 2. Credits taken as part of the Certificate in Theology and Religion can contribute towards the Diploma.

There are no compulsory courses for either the Certificate or Diploma in Theology and Religion.

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

PhD via distance learning

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
96 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
September or January
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.

The programme allows students to exit with one of the following:

  • Individual Subject Study
  • Certificate in Theology and Religion
  • Diploma in Theology and Religion
  • Bachelor in Theology
Year 1

Year 1

Level 1 / 2 (Certificate/Diploma)

It is possible to take 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. A selection of courses may include:

DR1077 - DR201M The Rise of Christianity

DR101C - DR201C Religions of Ancient Greece and Beyond

DR1580 - DR251K Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

DR1581 - DR251P Introduction to Christian Theology

DR1078 - DR1578 Ancient Greek Language

DR101Z - DR201Z Atheism and Atheisms

DR151H - DR251R Exploring the New Testament

LT1010 Latin 1 - LT1508 Latin 2

HC1502 Key Works for European Civilisation

Year 2

Year 2

Level 2 / 3: Diploma / Degree

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. A selection of courses may include:

DR202W - DR302W Pastoral Care

DR202U - DR302U Scottish Church History and Theology

Year 3

Year 3


A selection of courses may include:

DR3092 - DR4043 What is Religion and Theology? A Synoptic Consideration

DR3092 - DR4043 Secularism

DR352Y - DR452Y Animals and Monsters in the Greek World and Beyond

Year 4

Year 4


A selection of courses may include:

DR355C/DR4543 The Followers of Lady Poverty: St Francis and his disciples

DR4044 - DR4544 Dissertation

Course Availability

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 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 Theology and Religion Flexible Learning Programme?

Certificate and Diploma in Theology and Religion 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:

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:

Entry Requirements

It is possible to apply for the Theology and Religion Flexible Programme for either September or January start. The deadline for a September start is 20th August and for a January start 20th December.

Apply for this programme by completing the application form

Should you require any further information about the Theology and Religion Studies Flexible Programme, please do not hesitate to contact us at The Programme Co-ordinator for the Theology and Religion Flexible Programme is Rev Dr Kenneth Jeffrey.

Entry requirements for the Certificate / Diploma in Theology and Religion, 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. (

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.

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


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

PTE Academic:

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

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.

Fees and Funding

Fee Waiver

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.

Please refer to our InfoHub Tuition Fees page for fee information for this programme, or contact

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

View the fees for the 2018/19 academic year

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


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

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

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