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Graduate Diploma in Theology and Religion

Graduate Diploma in Theology
and Religion

Deepen your sense of purpose through biblical studies, Adventist history and theology, practical theology or linguistics as you seek answers and tailor your own educational experience.

 

This programme offers an individualised approach, allowing you to shape your own learning journey without fixed modules. Instead, explore a range of electives that resonate with your interests and goals.

 

Learning outcomes can equip you with:

  • Gaining a comprehensive understanding of diverse religious traditions, ethical frameworks, and theological perspectives, creating a deeper appreciation for the richness of faith and its impact on society.


  • Developing critical thinking skills to engage with complex issues at the intersection of faith, culture, and society, empowering you to analyse and address contemporary challenges with clarity and insight.


  • Enhancing your ability to apply theological insights to real-world challenges in your professional context, bridging theory and practice to make a tangible difference in your field or area of interest.


  • Empowerment through biblical studies, exploring the rich intersections of scriptural insight with contemporary culture, preparing you to navigate today's complexities with depth and clarity.

  • Deepening your personal and spiritual growth through reflective practice, contemplative inquiry, and moral discernment, nurturing a holistic approach to your development as an individual, a scholar, or a professional.


  • Acquiring practical skills for effective care, ethical leadership, and community engagement within diverse contexts, preparing you to serve and lead with compassion and integrity.


Course details
Programme: Undergraduate

Course length: 1 year

Mode of study: Full-time and part-time

Mode of delivery: On-campus and online synchronous*

*a residential component may be required

Course tuition for academic year 2024/2025: £7,973

For more details visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Scholarships:
Validated by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (United Kingdom)

Intake: 2 September 2024 (full-time or part-time) or 27 January 2025 (full-time or part-time)*

*The January intake is available only for students who do not select biblical languages (Greek or Hebrew) modules.

Application deadline: 9 August 2024 or 3 January 2025

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Theology is not constrained to the pulpit. It is at the heart of everything we all think or do: consciously or unconsciously. What we think about God, fellow humans, or the earth around us deeply impacts all aspects of life.

Deeply engaging with the essential questions of life enriches all facets or our lives.

Dr Eike Mueller - Undergraduate Programme Director, Senior Lecturer in New Testament
Comprehensive preparation

 Through a fusion of academic exploration and practical insights, the GradDip in Theology and Religion provides a pathway to integrate theological understanding into professional practice, creating a dynamic bridge between theory, experience and application.


Modules

Dive into various disciplines, including linguistics, Adventist theology, biblical studies, systematic theology, and more. Our curriculum is designed to empower you with critical thinking skills and a deeper understanding of your faith, leading to stronger engagement in your community and leadership within your church.

 

Depending on the teaching schedule students can opt from any of the following modules:

  • Introduction to Hebrew for GD (20 credits)

    Acquire knowledge and develop the ability to translate introductory text from Hebrew to English, using linguistic and lexical resources to explain grammar, syntax and vocabulary found in biblical Hebrew.
  • Introduction to Greek for GD (20 credits)

    Acquire knowledge and develop the ability to translate introductory text from New Testament Greek into English, using linguistic and lexical resources to explain grammar, syntax and vocabulary.

  • Old Testament Prophets for GD (10 credits)

    Develop the ability to critically appraise the biblical understanding of the human experience and the Christian approach to pastoral care, emphasising various disciplines within psychology, psychotherapy and counselling practice.

  • Pauline Epistles for GD (10 credits)

    Analyse the authorship, dating, composition, literary style and interpretation of the Pauline epistles within an early Christian context, deepening comprehension of exegesis with critical evaluation from an Adventist hermeneutical perspective.
  • Development of Western & Reformation Thought (20 credits)

    Preparatory studies, developing competencies for church leadership, execution of administrative tasks, carrying out pastoral care, teaching from the Bible, and applying homiletic theory to sermon construction, preparation and delivery.

  • Development of Seventh-day Adventist Theology (20 credits)
    Develop an understanding of the history, development, and theological roots of Adventist beliefs and doctrines with critical evaluation of doctrinal issues, the impact of fundamentalism, post-1920s, and subsequent trends, post-1956.
  • Acts of the Apostles (10 credits)

    Analyse issues of authorship, dating, composition, literary style, and interpreting Acts within an early Christian context, deepening comprehension of exegesis with critical evaluation from an Adventist hermeneutical perspective.

  • Intermediate Hebrew for GD (10 credits)

    Develop skills to translate seen and unseen Hebrew text from the Old Testament prophetic books, using biblical software to enhance the translation process and demonstrate intermediate-level knowledge of Hebrew syntax.
  • Intermediate Greek for GD (10 credits)

    Develop skills to translate seen/unseen New Testament text, applying exegetical principles to the canonical Gospels as historical and theological documents and as sources of information on Jesus’s life and teachings.
  • Biblical Theology (10 credits)
    Acquire knowledge of key aspects of biblical theology in the larger field of biblical, theological and pastoral studies, using established analysis techniques and enquiry within the biblical theology discipline.
  • Daniel & Revelation for GD (20 credits)

    Undertake exegesis, translating selected portions of Daniel and Revelation, developing the ability to read, assess the significance and critically evaluate Old and New Testament apocalyptic literature from an Adventist perspective.
  • Religion and Ethics in Contemporary Society (10 credits)

    Engage in biblical and theological examination of diverse ethical approaches, like deontology, consequentialism, and virtue ethics. Apply these theories to contemporary societal issues, navigating the intersection of biblical teachings with real-world moral dilemmas.

  • Apologetics, Evangelism & Discipleship (20 credits)

    Preparatory studies, developing competencies for church leadership, execution of administrative tasks, carrying out pastoral care, teaching from the Bible, and applying homiletic theory to sermon construction, preparation and delivery.

  • Independent Research Project (10 credits)

    Undertake an independent research project aimed at developing high levels of competence in research, assessment, evaluation, and creative writing within the fields of Biblical, Theological, or Pastoral Studies. This project encourages critical evaluation while deepening understanding in a chosen area of interest.

Enhance your spiritual insight as an engaged member of your church community or as someone fervently dedicated to impacting the lives of others. 

Whatever your background or aspirations, the GradDip in Theology and Religion can guide you on your journey of faith and learning, catalysing tangible, positive change.

Your learning experience

  • Courses that are shaped with mindful intention to serve as gateways to ministry in its various forms.
  • An intimate class setting, granting you 1:1 access to leading academic staff who are devoted to enriching your ministry, your life and your spiritual development
  • Daily campus fellowship through student programmes curated to evoke inspirational gathering and the meeting of similar minds.
  • Immersive yet subconscious forms of learning and worship that are interlaced into every day across academia and student life – it is those late-night dorm conversations, the sharing of perspectives across the halls that will shape you for life.
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