Queen’s University Belfast Theology

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Queen’s University Belfast Theology

“Theology” literally means “Study about God”.  In Queen’s the Theology degrees involve several disciplines: Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, World Perspectives, Biblical Languages, Historical Theology, Philosophy of Religion and Pastoral Studies.  About 10 % of those who study Theology at Queen’s are preparing for the ordained ministry of their particular church, but the majority undertake the course simply because they are interested in the subject and find that it offers the form of intellectual training which appeals to them most.

In recent years Theology graduates from Queen’s have entered areas such as teaching, social work, publishing and the book trade, youth work and the world of business.

This programme of study aims to offer substantial study of key theological themes at an advanced level. On completion of studies each student on the MTh programme is expected to have:

  • Developed a specialised understanding of a theological area chosen under the guidance of a supervisor
  • Demonstrated evidence of wide and independent reading
  • Developed research skills through engaging in an extended supervised dissertation

On completion of studies each student on the Graduate Diploma programme is expected to have:

  • Demonstrated evidence of wide and independent reading in Theology
  • Developed a knowledge and understanding of some of the theoretical and practical approaches in Theology
  • Developed skills in critical analysis with particular reference to Theology
  • A broad foundation in theological study

Course Details


For the MTh, the programme content is determined by the supervisor (appointed by the Institute) in consultation with the student and is approved by the Institute of Theology.

Graduate Diploma

The Graduate Diploma programme aims to provide a conversion course for students who are graduates in a discipline other than Theology which may enable them, if they perform sufficiently well, to proceed to a taught postgraduate degree programme in Theology. In addition, the Diploma is a free-standing qualification which will allow applicants the opportunity to study Theology out of interest or personal choice.

Entry Requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University where Theology and/or Divinity is the main subject area OR where it is one of the joint subjects in an Honours degree. In the case of the latter, the modules in Theology and/or Divinity must be of 2.1 level or above, OR a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a subject other than Theology/Divinity, and a Graduate Diploma in Theology with normally at least 5 out of the 6 modules with a mark of 60% or above.

International Qualifications For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen’s.

For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

Postgraduate loans
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Institute of Theology
Tel: 9097 3612
Email: theology@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/ithe

Contact Us

Dr Joan Rahilly
Director of the Institute of Theology

Ms Kim Mahon

Ms Joanne McConnell
Administrative Assistant

Institute of Theology
Queen’s University  Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
N. Ireland

Tel:   + 44 (028) 9097  3612 or 3656

Email: theology@qub.ac.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QUBTheology

Location: 16 University Square, Room OG 002 A.