This course offers an intensive period of study which you will complete either in nine months as a full-time student or in twenty-one months as a part-time student.

You choose three papers which are typically taught through a series of eight tutorials supported by lectures and classes; a fourth paper may also be chosen if you wish to extend your studies. These papers are chosen from the syllabus for the faculty’s BA in Theology and Religion and cover four major subject areas:

  • Biblical studies
  • systematic theology and ethics
  • history of religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism
  • religion and religions, including contemporary Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

You might choose to study a range of papers from across these areas, for example, an aspects of the New Testament, Old Testament, the nature of religion or modern doctrine. Alternatively, you might prefer to focus on a single area, for example, the sources and formations of Hinduism, modern Hinduism and further studies in Hinduism or in feminist approaches to religion.

There is a wide range of options available but please note that not all options will be available every year. If studying part-time, you will enrol on two papers in your first year of study, and the third (and fourth, if this option is chosen) in your second year.

Teaching for the Postgraduate Diploma in Theology and Religion is organised by your Director of Studies, appointed by the faculty, who may or may not be based in your college. Your Director of Studies will arrange for some or all of your teaching to be undertaken by other members of academic staff, but will retain overall responsibility for your progress.

The course is mainly taught via tutorials, for which you would customarily prepare written work to discuss with your tutor. You will also attend relevant classes and lectures as advertised for the BA in Theology and Religion, as well as seminars organised specifically for Postgraduate Diploma students (usually two per term). Teaching usually takes place up to the fourth week of Trinity term.

Although students for the PGDip attend undergraduate lectures and classes, they are full members of the graduate community and are expected to draw on all the graduate resources of the faculty and the university.