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BA (Hons) Theology

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

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Entry Requirements and Fees


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 96 - 112 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBC - CCC 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass 
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points 
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Candidates are advised to request an interview at which they will receive a more targeted offer. 


Student view

Hollie Marriott
“The variety of modules available throughout my three years meant that I was able to pursue my passions in Theology and religious studies while also exploring new avenues of study. I was surprised by the many links between theology and other humanities and social sciences. For example while studying religion I have touched on history, psychology, sociology, biology, geography….”

Course content

Studying Theology equips you to understand some of the most ground-breaking ideas and developments throughout world history. Focusing on the importance of understanding theologies today, you will examine Christian scripture and interpretation, discuss how ideas about God have changed over time, and explore how people have made sense of their beliefs and practices in the most fundamental way. Studying Theology at Chichester reveals the fascinating ways in which Christianity has shaped people and places just as Christianity has been shaped by people and places.

This course will:

  • Develop your understanding of the shifting traditions and key texts of Christianity
  • Allow you to explore the fascinating theologies that continue to impact our world
  • Enhance skills in group discussion and independent research 
  • Help you to enhance written and oral skills, argue convincingly, and communicate effectively
  • Enable you to grow in confidence and gain experience in relating your degree to future careers

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Our facilities

You can take advantage of our range of facilities including:

  • Specific subject librarians are there to offer advice and assistance for your study area, they can provide specialised reading lists and bibliographies if you are having difficulty finding the right material
  • Additional academic support available such as referencing, essay planning, presentation skills, research and information gathering, plus general dissertation skills
  • Access to over 500,000 e-books, 4,500 e-journals and 100,000 streamed media clips
  • Library and IT services located on campus with Wi-Fi, open access workstations, individual study rooms and group working spaces

Where this can take you

Our students go on to an incredibly varied range of careers after university.  The skills learnt on the Theology programme equip students for all sorts of roles in society. There is no one typical career undertaken by our graduates.

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.


Perhaps the most popular career path is teaching, both secondary and primary.  Our degree courses equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a successful teacher.  In year 2 we have a Work Placement, which can be undertake at a school in order to gain experience of working in a school setting. The module provides guidance on finding a placement and on reflecting on your work experience.

Graham Cook is a Chichester graduate and Head of a local secondary school RE department.  He writes:

“Being a teacher is fantastically rewarding but it also takes a lot of time, patience and energy.  Exploring philosophical questions with 11-18 year old students is extremely interesting and offers a real opportunity for me to learn something new every day.

The degree at Chichester is varied in terms of content and the skills you can develop.  I was required to write essays in a way that encouraged me to evaluate my work and to undertake research independently.  I was also given the opportunity to create and deliver presentations to other students, a valuable skill for teaching.”


An increasing number of our students go on to postgraduate study.  We have former students studying at Masters and PhD level with us here at Chichester, and also in a range of universities around the country. 

Rebekah Hanson is a Chichester graduate who went on to do a Masters degree and is now undertaking PhD research at the university. She says:

“The undergrad and post-grad degree programs at University of Chichester have empowered me to creatively and critically engage with a range of theological perspectives in ways which have encouraged continued academic growth. The undergrad degree provided me with the skills and confidence to develop further in post-grad study and independent research.”


Other careers pursued by our students include IT, game design, human resources, adult recruitment, management, charity organisations, nursing, Civil Service, museum work, ministry, the Church, research, politics, youth work, publishing, editing, local government, library services, fund-raising, the police, communications, marketing.

Indicative modules

Year One:

  • The Bible in Western Culture
  • Faith and Reason
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Law and Society
  • The Problem of Human Nature
  • Religions, Ethics and Violence
  • Renaissance and Reformation Europe, 1350-1600
  • What is the Good Life?

Year Two:

  • Bio-Ethics
  • Contemporary Interpretation of the Bible
  • Kingdom of Heaven: Crusading and the Holy Land
  • Medieval Heresies, 1100-1500
  • Philosophy and the Theory of Religion
  • Popes and Politics
  • Saints or Sinners
  • Work Placement

Year Three:

  • Dissertation
  • The Cultural History of Death
  • Dictatorship, Conformity and Resistance
  • The Theology and Politics of Paul the Apostle
  • Political Theology
  • Revisioning Religion, Gender and Sexuality
  • Thinking through the Holocaust
  • The Ethics of Reading
  • Henry VIII and Court Culture
  • British Culture Wars
  • Writing, Environment and Ecocriticism
  • Philosophy and the Future

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

Progressive Assessment

We believe the best way for you to learn is through practice and feedback.  This is the principle which underpins our progressive assessment system.  Beginning in year one you will be asked to undertake pieces of assessment throughout the semester.  This ensures you do not have to do all your assessment at the end of term, a sort of ‘big bang’ method of assessment, in which it is difficult to do your best work.  Rather we break up the assessment throughout the term.

This means we can give you feedback as you go along.  You don’t have to wait until the end of term to know whether you have succeeded or not.  You will have the opportunity for 1-1 tutorials with module tutors and your academic advisor where you receive detailed and clear help on how to do better in your work.  It means that many of our students far exceed their expectations about what they thought they could achieve academically.

When it comes to assessment you will be asked to undertake a variety of tasks, many of which will be useful in your future careers.  You will be asked to write essays, book reviews, reviews of films, blog posts, prepare presentations, conduct group work, compile reports on projects, and conduct work-shops.  You will get a lot of support so there is no need to worry about assessment.

Our focus is on course-work rather than exams in order to support a progressive and supported learning environment.

“I love to discuss issues and elements of modules with my course mates, sparking very different responses.  The course has also rekindled my love for learning, as essays take the place of exams, so the pressure is less focused, allowing me to enjoy the passion for learning that I had lost during A Levels!” - Madeleine Hobday

Additional Costs

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Social Life and Community

The Theology programme at Chichester prides itself on community – amongst students in the degree, across year groups and with staff, as well as with students from other Humanities degrees. 

The Theology, Philosophy and Ethics, and Religion, Ethics and Society programmes regularly organise social events such as cinema trips, museum visits, film evenings, pub trips, guest lectures and debates on topical issues.

In addition, there is a wide variety of activities and organisations on a university-wide level which you can take part in such as societies, clubs and sports.

“Chichester isn’t a big place, but as a result there is a community that I did not experience elsewhere.  Lecturers take the time to get to know, guide and encourage you, and their doors are always open.” - Madeleine Hobday 

“University study can seem daunting and scary, but with the regular feedback, support and information given to me by my lecturers and support staff I have felt at ease and confident that I can complete University study to a high standard.” - Hollie Marriott.

Study Abroad

The Department of Humanities provides students with an outstanding range of degrees where you are encouraged to study abroad for one or two semesters.

We have partnered up with some of the best universities in the world including our friends in Italy, the oldest University, University of Bologna-Ravenna. The full list of partners today are:

  • University of Aix-Marseille (France)
  • Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)
  • University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
  • University of Wuerzburg (Germany)
  • University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Cadiz University (Spain)
  • University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu and Kuopio (Finland)
  • Karadeniz University (Turkey)
  • St Norberts College (Wisconsin, USA)
  • Mercer University (Georgia, USA)
  • Columbus State University (Georgia, USA)
  • University of Northern Iowa (Iowa, USA)
  • Queens College (New York, USA)
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges (New York, USA)
  • Louisiana State University (Louisiana, USA)
  • Thompson Rivers University (Canada)
  • Rikkyo University (Japan)

While our students work and study with our partners we welcome their students to our classes as well as supporting academic exchanges for global researchers to connect to our home students.

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