Join a uniquely flexible distance-learning Theology degree.

Our 100% online Theology programme offers you the chance to study with one of the UK’s six ancient universities, wherever you are in the world.

Theology has been taught here since our founding in 1495.

With our flexible online Theology degree, you can choose to:

  • study part-time or full-time
  • qualify with an undergraduate degree, diploma, or certificate
  • pick and mix individual courses from within the degree to study on their own.

Training for Ministry

This degree includes the eight Church of Scotland-accredited courses you need to qualify as a Reader or Ordained Local Minister.

The programme is ideal if you wish to undertake vocational studies relevant to church ministry and convocation.

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Courses accredited by the Church of Scotland

Eight ministry-focused courses in this degree are accredited by the Church of Scotland.

They provide the academic training you need to become a Reader or Ordained Local Minister.

  • Exploring the New Testament
  • Exploring the Tradition of Western Ethics
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Literature and Society in Ancient Israel
  • Pastoral Care
  • Sacramental Theology
  • Scottish Church History and Theology
  • Theology and Practice of Preaching

What you’ll study

You can choose to study for a:

  • Bachelor of Theology (Honours) (480 credits)
  • Bachelor of Theology (360 credits)
  • Undergraduate Diploma in Theology and Religion (240 credits)
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Theology and Religion (120 credits), or
  • choose to study any of the degree’s component courses standalone.

Our range of available courses alternate on a two-year rolling cycle.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance-learning BTh Theology is delivered flexibly, 100% online.

  • You can study with us anywhere, with no need for a study visa.
  • Set your own study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • recorded lectures to stream or download
  • live online seminars
  • discussion boards with your online colleagues and tutors
  • online access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library. 

Live online seminars

You’ll have live online seminars to discuss your set texts, issues and questions with your tutors and classmates. The number of seminars you’ll have each week varies by course, but they are always held between 18:00 and 21:00 GMT, Monday to Friday.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from subject specialists within our School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History.

Assessments

You’ll be assessed entirely online. We use several types of assessment throughout your degree, including:

  • coursework, such as essays and reports
  • online presentations
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies you’ve learned
  • online examinations at the end of each course.

Assessment methods differ between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Hours for taught courses

If you plan to study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term.

15-credit courses

  • Take around 150 hours of study and assessment time to complete
  • You’ll study 8 – 10 hours per week per term, plus more at assessment times.

30-credit courses

  • Take around 300 hours of study and assessment time to complete
  • You’ll study 15 – 20 hours per week per term, plus more at assessment times.

This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.

You can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.

Activities at fixed times

There may be some activities that are scheduled at a fixed time, such as online meetings with your tutor and assessments with deadlines. But otherwise, you can access and work through each course at your convenience.

Live online seminars

The number of seminars you’ll have each week varies by course. But seminars are always held between 18:00 and 21:00 GMT, Monday to Friday.

Hours for 30-credit dissertation

A 30-credit dissertation is around 300 hours of study time. That’s around 20 hours per week per term.

You will dedicate a full term to your dissertation.

When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.

But learning online does mean you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.

Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.

Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:

  • Be realistic
  • Create a weekly schedule as a guide

If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.

Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. Your course coordinator will support your learning throughout your course. And you’ll have contact with tutors via MyAberdeen and email. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.

We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:

Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Dr Jakub Zbrzezny

Jakub is the programme coordinator. He’ll be on hand to answer any questions about degree content before you start and to help you throughout your studies. Please feel free to contact him at theologyonline@abdn.ac.uk.

Dr Joel Pierce

Joel is part of the School’s support team. He’ll be there throughout your studies to answer any of your non-academic queries.

Get in touch

Our online education team is here to answer any questions you have right now about this qualification, or about studying online.

Ask us a question

Where this will take you

Careers

Studying Theology at Aberdeen will help you prepare for a wide range of careers.

The University places a strong emphasis on applied learning and the skills that you learn will help you meet the requirements of top employers.

Our Theology graduates have found employment in a wide range of areas, including:

  • the churches
  • media and journalism
  • teaching
  • public service and administration
  • the NGO sector
  • business
  • government, and
  • publishing.

Further study and research

Many of our graduates continue their studies at postgraduate level and go on to be involved in internationally recognised research programmes.

Lifelong career support

Our careers support doesn’t stop when you graduate.

You have access to our free careers service while you study, and beyond.

We’re here with 1:1 appointments, CV checks, interview prep, and to connect you with job opportunities around the world.

Fees and funding

The fees quoted above are based on part-time study starting in the 2022/23 academic year.

Future fee increases

In line with other universities, tuition fees are subject to annual review and the University reserves the right to routinely increase these from year to year. You should budget for an increase of between 5% and 9% per annum.

The indicative costs quoted above are based on a 5% increase per annum.

Why are fees lower for Scottish domiciled students?

The reduced rate for students domiciled in Scotland is possible due to a funding contribution from the Scottish Funding Council. Funding is not provided to the University for students who are domiciled outside of Scotland.

Learning resources

Access to all the essential books and resources you need are included in your tuition fee. They’ll be made available to you online and you do not have to buy your own copies.

We also provide optional recommended reading lists. Many of these resources are available electronically through our library, although purchases may be required if you wish to read the full list.

Printing

You may want to set aside a small budget for printing, depending on how you like to work.

Why study Theology online with the University of Aberdeen?

Founded in 1495

Divinity has been taught at the University of Aberdeen for more than five centuries.

1st in the UK

We’re rated 1st in the UK for Theology and Religious Studies in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

You’re in expert hands

We’ve been delivering online and distance learning for decades.

Entry requirements

BTh, UgDip and UgCert

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers or Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers or Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers or Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on widening participation criteria and adjusted entry qualifications.

A Levels

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H, with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3.

You’re also welcome to apply if you have:

  • other relevant qualifications, and
  • professional experience with supportive references.

This is a summary of our entry requirements. For more information, including information on advanced entry to Divinity and Theology degrees, see our detailed entry requirements section.

You can apply to start in either January or September.

Apply as early as you can. This is so we have time to review your application and get a decision to you. We also want to ensure you have time to enrol before teaching starts.

September 2023 intake

Teaching starts on 18 September 2023.

Application deadlines will be announced in due course.

January 2024 intake

Teaching starts on 22 January 2024.

Application deadlines will be announced in due course.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world.

See the minimum entry requirements above. If you do not have qualifications from the UK, check equivalent qualifications for your country.

Visa requirements

You do not need a visa to study online with us.

But if you will be joining us on campus for part of this degree, you may need to obtain a visa to do so. You will need to make your own transport, accommodation and visa arrangements to study with us here in Aberdeen. Check if you will need a visa.

English language requirements

Teaching is delivered in English.

We accept the following English language qualifications. You need to provide proof of your qualifications when you apply:

Duolingo English Test (taken from July 2019)

  • 105 overall

LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator (Written and Spoken)

  • All skills – B2

IELTS Academic – 6.0 overall

  • 5.5 for listening, reading and speaking
  • 6.0 for writing

TOEFL iBT – 78 overall

  • 17 for listening
  • 18 for reading
  • 20 for speaking
  • 21 for writing
  • TOEFL DI code is 0818

PTE Academic – 54 overall

  • 51 for listening, reading and speaking
  • 54 for writing

Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency – 169 overall

  • 162 for listening, reading and speaking
  • 169 for writing

See more information about undergraduate English requirements.

You will need access to:

A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on either:

  • Windows 10 or later
  • macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later.

Most teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. But we recommend a proper laptop or desktop for completing assignments comfortably.

Reliable internet access

We recommend:

  • a wired connection
  • a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps so you can take part fully in live sessions.

Speakers or headphones

  • We recommend a headset with built-in microphone and earphones if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
  • A webcam is optional, but you may like to use one from some interactive sessions.

Software

We’ll give you access to Office365 applications. This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.

If your course requires specialist software, we’ll provide you with access to this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.

See our detailed IT requirements for more information.

Bachelor of Theology (Honours)

480 credits

Scottish domiciled students

£9,160

All other students

£33,840

This indicative cost is based on 480 credits of study over eight years, starting in January 2023.

Bachelor of Theology

360 credits

Scottish domiciled students

£6,520

All other students

£24,080

This indicative cost is based on 360 credits of study over six years, starting in January 2023.

Undergraduate Diploma

240 credits

Scottish domiciled students

£4,120

All other students

£15,240

This indicative cost is based on 240 credits of study over four years, starting in January 2023.

Undergraduate Certificate

120 credits

Scottish domiciled students

£1,960

All other students

£7,240

This indicative cost is based on 120 credits of study over two years, starting in January 2023.

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