What you’ll study
How you’ll study
Hours for taught courses
If you plan to study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term.
- 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.
- 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:
- Careers and Employability Service
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make your study life easier
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.
Where this will take you
Fees and funding
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.
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?
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.
January 2023 intake
For our January 2023 intake, the application deadline is 5 December 2022.
You will need to accept your offer and provide any outstanding documents to meet the conditions of your offer by 19 December 2022.
Teaching starts on 23 January 2023.
September 2023 intake
Term dates and application deadlines will be announced in due course.
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.
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
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
- 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.
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.