Diploma of Higher Education (QDL)

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This three-year part-time course is a thorough grounding in theology, ministry and mission validated by Durham University as part of the Common Awards scheme. It will take you through a range of modules that are academically stimulating and relevant to the Christian life. It provides a solid foundation for active ministry in the Church, both lay and ordained, and satisfies those who want to take their theological studies further.

Over the three years you will work through 12 modules. The range of study is wide to give you a broad approach to theology that relates directly to experience. You begin with introductions to the Bible, Christian Doctrine, Church History and the Foundations for Ministry and Mission in Context. In the second year, you will study further the relevance of the Bible and Christian Doctrine to everyday life, along with modules on Christian Worship and Reflective Practice. In the third year, you will deepen your research in Biblical Studies, reflect on the role of Sacramental Theology in Ministry, relate Community Formation and Discipleship, and develop your Mission and Apologetics in Contemporary Culture.

At Level 4 the following 20-credit modules:

  • Introduction to the Bible
  • Foundations for Ministry and Mission in Context
  • Foundations for Reflective Practice in Context (Long)
  • Using the Bible Today
  • Introduction to Christian Doctrine

And then one further, optional 20-credit module:

  • Introduction to Theology and Human Development in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Spirituality and Discipleship
  • Introduction to Church History

At Level 5, the following 20-credit modules:

  • Topics in Christian Doctrine
  • Christian Worship: Learning through Tradition
  • Biblical Studies
  • Community Formation and Discipleship
  • Mission and Apologetics in Contemporary Culture
  • Reflective Practice in Context (Long)

The assessment of work is varied, through the writing of assignments and reflections, creating resources for practical use, giving presentations and putting together portfolios. Your personal tutor will help you prepare for these and offer advice on how to develop your learning. Each module will be marked, with an overall grade given for the Diploma.

Please contact us if you require more details about the modules or the assessment.

Students enter the MA in TMM programme under one of the following categories:

  • A good degree (or other level 6 qualification, such as a Graduate Diploma) in theology
  • Graduates (classed as first class or 2:1 honours) in other disciplines with experience of Theology or Religious Studies to at least undergraduate Certificate level (awarded with credit or distinction, or with an overall mark of at least 60%)

All applicants are required to satisfactorily complete a face-to-face interview (either in person or online). They should also supply at least two satisfactory references.

Further supporting evidence may be gleaned through, for example, the submission of written work.

To apply for the course, please download and complete the following forms:

When completed, please send the relevant parts of the forms to admissions@queens.ac.uk

For further information on applying for Disabled Students' Allowance, and eligibility for it, please see our guidance here.

Modular costs for the DipHE are charged on a per credit basis. This fee covers your distance tutor, any classes or groups, online materials and the university validation.

Full details are available on the fees part of our website, or our annual fee sheet may be downloaded to your desktop. This includes further guidance on the associated costs of studying theology, along with information on what benefits you may be entitled to as a student.