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BA (Hons) Theological Studies with Philosophy CertHE

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4 years

UCAS points

112 - 96

Theology and philosophy degree
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Navigate ethics, history, and humankind with our theology and philosophy degree

Explore human society with our theology and philosophy degree.

We run our BA Theological Studies with CertHE Philosophy according to the Catholic magisterium. You will take one year of philosophy and then three years of theology. We’ll cover topics like:

  • canon law
  • metaphysics
  • anthropology
  • prophets
  • personal and social ethics
  • ecumenism and interfaith
  • penance and anointing. 

A unique student experience

You will study at both St Mary's and Allen Hall Seminary. Therefore, you’ll join the only UK theology and philosophy course to let you learn alongside seminarians.

Gain extra qualifications

We’re also the only UK university where you can earn an Ecclesiastical degree on top of your bachelor’s – the Sacred Baccalaureate in Theology (STB) through Mater Ecclesiae College.

A trip to Rome

Together, we’ll visit Rome and stay at the Venerable English College’s summer residence, Villa Palazzola. You’ll also explore significant sites, such as:

  • catacombs
  • the Vatican Museum
  • the Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish Steps
  • St Peter's
  • St Paul outside the Walls
  • Colosseum
  • Pantheon
  • Venerable English College.
Mater Ecclesiae College accreditation

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.

Introduction to philosophy and logic

History of philosophy 1: ancient and classica

Natural theology

History of philosophy 3: modern

Political philosophy

Philosophical anthropology


History of philosophy 2: medieval to modern

Aquinas and the virtues

Augustine and late antiquity



Philosophical ethics


Church history 1: origins to early modern period

Johannine writings 1

Johannine writings 2

Paul and the Catholic epistles 1

Introduction to Sacraments

Introduction to liturgy 1

Fundamentals of systematic theology

Paul and the Catholic epistles 2

Theology and the Eucharist

Introduction to liturgy 2

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 - 96

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).

Familiarity with Catholicism

You will need some familiarity with the Catholic faith.

UCAS Personal statement support

Create your UCAS personal statement through our online builder and we'll email you a copy of your completed version at the end.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

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

My qualification isn't listed:

If you can't find your qualification in this list please check the full list of UCAS tariff tables.

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 - 38%

Independent study - 62%

*Contact time includes 22% of guided learning

Teaching methods

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

Lectures and seminars.

Assessment methods

You will complete:

  • coursework essays
  • written exams
  • oral exams.


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

Career opportunities

With our theology and philosophy degree, you’ll develop key transferrable skills, including problem solving, communication, and reflection.

Please contact our Career Services at for further information on work and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of BA (Hons) Theological Studies with Philosophy CertHE include:

chaplaincyreligious organisationscharitiesresearcheducation

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