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Undergraduate Diploma in Theological Studies

  • 1. The course shall consist of lectures, tutorials, seminars and/or classes on the subject of Theology. The course is available on a full-time basis, taken over a period of three terms, or on a part-time basis taken over a period of six terms.

  • 2. Candidates will normally be expected to have been examined for papers for the Undergraduate Certificate in Theological Studies according to the requirements set out in clause 3 of those regulations and to have been awarded a pass mark in all papers completed by the end of Trinity Full Term of year 1 for full-time students or of Trinity Full Term of year 2 for part-time students. Applications for dispensation from this requirement will be considered, in exceptional circumstances only, by the Continuing Education Board. To be dispensed from this requirement, candidates must demonstrate that they have undertaken equivalent study to an equivalent standard.

Part One

  • 3. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in written assignments or examination papers, format as specified in the course handbook, for six papers, to include:

    • i. Each of Papers A1 to A4 from Part 1 of Schedule for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology;

    • ii. Two further papers from Part 1 of the same Schedule, at least one of which must be selected from Papers A5 to A8.

Part Two

  • 4. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in written assignments or examination papers, format as specified in the course handbook, for a further six papers, to include at least one from each of sections B, C and D of the Schedule for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology.

  • Titles for papers must be agreed by a sub-committee of the BTh Suite Committee for dissertations or projects under Section E, and for assignments submitted under Sections B, C or D where the candidate departs from the list provided. Instructions for gaining approval are provided in the course handbook.

  • Candidates who do not submit titles for approval by the deadline given in the course handbook may be allocated a title by the BTh Suite Committee. 
  • Paper A9 or A10 from Part 1 of the Schedule may be offered unless already offered for the Undergraduate Certificate. Papers B6 and B7 may normally only be offered if Paper A9 or A10 respectively were offered for the Undergraduate Certificate.

  • The written work under 3. and 4. including any videos or other recordings will be submitted via the University approved online assessment platform in accordance with the instructions in the course handbook.

  • 5. In each year of the course, full-time students must submit or be examined in at least two papers by the end of Hilary Full term, at least two papers by the end of Trinity Full term and the remainder of papers for the year by the Long Vacation submission deadline. Part-time students must submit or be examined in three papers in each year of the course with at least one paper by the end of Hilary Full term each year, at least one paper by the end of Trinity Full term each year and the remaining papers for the year by the Long Vacation deadline. The exact dates will be published in the course handbook at the beginning of each academic year.

  • 6. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course.
  • 7. For any candidate who is successful in the examination for the Undergraduate Diploma in Theological Studies and who has already successfully completed the Undergraduate Certificate in Theological Studies (and for the diploma examination has incorporated the assignments submitted or examinations taken for the Undergraduate Certificate) the Undergraduate Diploma will subsume their Certificate.

  • 8. Any candidate who has successfully completed Part 1 and who does not either proceed to, or successfully complete, Part 2, and who has not previously successfully completed the Undergraduate Certificate in Theological Studies shall be awarded the Certificate.

  • 9. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the written work or the examinations under 3 or 4 will be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts of the examination which they have failed, on not more than one occasion, which shall normally be within one year of the initial failure.