Theological Studies combines two distinct but closely related fields of study: Theology and Practical Theology.
Modules in Theology provide introductions to the rich theological traditions of Christianity, covering the history of Christian theology from the early church to the modern world, and considering key topics (God, salvation, Jesus Christ, Trinity, creation) in relation to the contexts in which they emerged and developed.
They also consider some of the distinctive challenges to faith presented by modern secular culture (neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory, atheistic existentialism, the role of religion in the modern world, poverty, and post-modern `deconstructionism').
Modules in Practical Theology explore ways in which Christianity is being expressed and lived out today.
They include the study of worship, spirituality and the political involvement of the churches in contemporary Britain; liturgy and social reflection in Latin America; dance, worship and healing in Africa; moral decision-making; bioethics (abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering); political ethics (economic justice and political power, ecological issues) and personal relationships (marriage, sexuality, friendship).
FIRST and SECOND LEVEL (1st and 2nd years)
In your first year you take two core modules:
- Theology: Issues and History (systematic theology and philosophy of religion)
- Living Faith (practical theology)
Further credits may be chosen from additional modules offered within Divinity. Alternatively, you may pursue broader interests by taking a module offered by other Schools in the Faculties of Arts or Science.
In your second year, you also take two core modules:
- Contemporary Theology and its Challenges
- Church History: The Late Mediaeval and Early Modern Church and Its Theology
You may choose other modules from an approved list of options in Divinity and you have the opportunity to take modules in subjects outside Divinity. This gives you an opportunity to explore cognate subjects (such as philosophy or history) that allow interdisciplinary interests to develop. Within Divinity, Biblical Hebrew is an additional option in the second year of study. Neither New Testament Greek nor Biblical Hebrew is, however, a requirement for this degree programme.
HONOURS (3rd and 4th years), including JOINT HONOURS
Please see our 2013 Prospectus for details of enhancements to our honours programmes: Divinity - 2013 Entry (PDF, 1,301 KB)