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King’s College London Theology

King’s College London Theology

Theology & Religious Studies Grad Dip

This course is designed as a bridge from undergraduate to master’s study and may be used as a qualifying programme for study at MA level. It offers a flexible structure where you can select modules from Theology, Religion in the Contemporary World 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 in the UK.
  • 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.

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 90 / ECTS 90

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders Dr Katherine Swancutt,



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Course detail


Designed to ease the transition from another area of study. May be used as a qualifying programme for study at MA level. Flexible structure. Select modules from Theology, Religion in the Contemporary World and Religion, Philosophy & Ethics.

Course purpose

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 programme to enable study at MA level, as it is especially designed to ease the transition to Theology & Religious Studies from another subject.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

Part-time attendance: one-two days per week. Taught modules are assessed by coursework and/or examination, plus a dissertation.


Teaching StyleWe will teach you through lectures, seminars and feedback on your assignments. We will also expect you to undertake a significant amount of independent study to compliment our teaching.


We will assess your performance through a combination of examinations and coursework. You will also write a dissertation.

Required Modules
  • Independent Study Project – Dissertation (30 Credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take this in your second year.

Optional Modules

You will 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 five or six.

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 include:

Level five

  • Modern Islam I: History and 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 and Intellectual Practices (15 Credits)
  • Paul in Context (15 Credits)
  • Religion, Culture and 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 and 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 Six

•           Hebrew Texts: Prose (15 Credits)

•           Principles of Systematic Theology (15 Credits)

•           Women and 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 and 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 and 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)

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Usually a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent).

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

Your application will be assessed by at least one academic member of staff. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide a personal statement with your application, explaining why you wish to take our programme, and outlinining your relevant background experience. You should also give your undergraduate degree qualification, School/College, subject, grade and date.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don’t have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn’t your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,250 per year (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £17,050 per year (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £4,625 per year (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £8,525 per year (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King’s Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King’s.

Department of Theology & Religious Studies modules

On these pages you will find details of the modules offered by the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King’s College London.

Module lists 2017-18 (next academic year)

Department of Theology & Religious Studies Module Catalogue

Below are lists of all the modules across the department. For lists of modules running in specific years, see the above lists. NB Not all modules are offered every year due to staff leave and research projects. 

Which modules are right for me?

Department of Theology & Religious Studies students…

… should consult their programme specifications for instructions and guidance on any required modules for their degree.

  • Level 4, 5 and 6 modules are typically for undergraduate students in their first, second and third years of study respectively
  • MA students will take modules at level 7.
  • Graduate Diploma students will take mostly modules at level 6, and study abroad students can choose any module appropriate to their level of study, in consultation with their tutors.

Study Abroad, non-department and intercollegiate students…

... should choose modules appropriate to their level of study.

  • Our level 4 modules are the most introductory, and are ideal for students with little to no prior formal training in these areas.
  • Level 5 and 6 modules are more advanced, and should be attempted only by students who have completed modules equivalent to those at level 4 in their earlier studies.
  • Level 7 modules can only be taken by postgraduate (or equivalent) students.