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Graduate Diploma in Theology, Religion and Ethics

Course Description

The Graduate Diploma in Theory, Religion and Ethics will give students the opportunity to gain a broad education in the major branches of theology and religious studies and to encourage independent research skills. The programme is intended specifically as a preliminary qualification for those who wish to pursue postgraduate study in Theology and Religious Studies (TRS), but do not have a first degree in a related subject; for those who need a qualification in TRS for professional purposes, such as teachers or ministers who hold a first degree in any subject; and for those who studied TRS at university many years ago and wish to refresh their knowledge and skills for personal or professional purposes.

Programme Content

The Graduate Diploma will be awarded to students who have successfully completed 120 credits, at least 90 of which should be at level 6, and 30 credits at level 6 or level 5.

● Theology and Scripture
● Global Christianities
● Faith and Globalisation
● Orthodox Christianity
● Buddhism
● Religion, Sustainability and Nature
● Mapping Mortality
● Dissertation

Learning and Teaching
The programme is available by full-time and by part-time study. It is delivered by distance learning, with relevant study and research resources made available through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. Student’s individual study and research is supported fact-to-face or online tutorials, events in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and peer-group interaction through email discussion groups and social media.


Each module is assessed through assignments which may include essays, journals and book reviews.

Students are provided with support in the production of a dissertation, which is a substantial piece of independent research of approximately 15,000 words.


Employers in many professional fields recognise a university qualification as an indicator of high quality performance and the capacity for leadership in the field. It can therefore lead to opportunities for promotion and access to senior positions.

Visit the Graduate Diploma in Theology, Religion and Ethics page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Philippa Lane

Graduate Diploma in Theology, Religion and Ethics

“Both my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees were in Photography and I felt I wanted to shift the focus and explore other areas of interest. This Diploma at Winchester offered the perfect chance to move between the two

“So far my studies have been eye-opening – I have been able to widen my knowledge base and challenge myself. I particularly enjoyed the module on Buddhism and had the opportunity to visit Buddhist temples in London, which helped
contextualise learning.

“I have been able to incorporate photography with my current subject as my dissertation focuses on religiosity within the Shadow Catchers exhibition, with particular reference to the expression of the spirit in the
practitioners work.

“I have loved being a student again and although I may be at a point of transition as to what I do with the future, I already see the course opening new doors for me.”


Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in theology or an equivalent professional qualification. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent. Application process: UKPASS (full-time applicants only) or Direct Entry Application Form (part-time applicants only) *subject to validation

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