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Theological Studies BA (Hons)

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3 years

UCAS points

112 - 80

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023: Top 10 for Student ExperienceThe Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023: Top 5 for Teaching Quality

Truly explore Catholicism with our Theology degree – ranked first in the country (National Student Survey, 2022)

Study Catholic theology in an ecclesial context with our Theology degree. You will cover a range of topics, such as:

  • Church history
  • systematic theology
  • theological anthropology
  • ecclesiology
  • Mariology.

Our student, Dominic, tells us that this programme “educates the whole person and is a fascinating preparation for life and work in our complicated world”.

After completing our theology course, you can pursue a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB) - awarded through Mater Ecclesiae College, the Pontifical Faculty at St Mary's.

Exceptional rankings

Our theology programme is ranked highest in the country, with a score of 100% in the 2022 National Student Survey (NSS). The Good University Guide (2023) also places us in the top 10 for theology courses.

Build knowledge and connection with two communities

You will learn with our Mater Ecclesiae College and also Allen Hall in Chelsea. This means you will benefit from the intellectual life and connections at both seminary communities.

Make London your classroom

We are only a 30-minute train ride from central London, giving you easy access to the capital’s pivotal religious buildings, organisations, and history. Some places to visit include:

  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Westminster Cathedral
  • Tower of London.

Dr Jeremy Pilch

Head of School of Theology

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Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Church history 1: origins to early modern period

Entry requirements

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.

112 - 80

UCAS points

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section. (or equivalent).

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Further Information

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How many UCAS points my grades are worth

A levels

  • A*

    56 pts

  • A

    48 pts

  • B

    40 pts

  • C

    32 pts

  • D

    24 pts

  • E

    16 pts

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Fees & funding

Tuition fees





*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage


Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 77%

Independent study - 23%

*Contact time includes 61% of guided learning

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

Teaching and learning methods will provide an appropriate balance among:

  • a variety of teaching formats: traditional lectures, seminars, multimedia content (e.g.. film clips, voting software), individual and group tutorials
  • large and small group work: e.g. class debates, guided reading exercises, quizzes
  • tutor-led and independent learning sessions
  • e-learning: fullest possible use of Moodle platform for timely uploading of teaching resources, discussion forums, dissemination of resources and audio lecture capture where possible
  • exploration of a wide range of materials and sources, ancient and modern.

Assessment methods

The variety of assessment methods used on the course seeks to balance traditional learning and more contemporary approaches. There is a particular emphasis on oral means of assessment, in respect of the centrality of oral communication for vocational ministry in the Church.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Career opportunities

With our Theology degree, you will develop essential transferrable skills, including communication, leadership, and resilience.

You can also contact our Career Services at for further information on work and postgraduate opportunities.

Previous students have secured employment as:

prieststeacherspastoral care workersjournalistscivil servants

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