Catholic Theory (Distance Learning) at Durham University - UCAS

Durham University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Catholic Theory (Distance Learning) (Taught)

Course options

Course summary

Led by the University’s world-renowned Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) in partnership with the Department of Theology and Religion the PG Cert in Catholic Theology provides an in-depth knowledge of individual figures, periods, themes and areas of Catholic theology. This course is suitable if you have an undergraduate education in Theology, Religious Studies, or a related discipline. It is an excellent foundation for progression to the MA, and for those pursuing ongoing personal and professional development. You will undertake a ‘Preliminary Tour’ as a core module plus one further module of your choice from options including faith and reason, twentieth century Catholic theology and conceiving change in contemporary Catholicism. The course is offered part-time over one year via distance learning. It is part of a suite of courses set up to enable you to study from wherever you live regardless of your time zone. However, there will be a residential session of 2-3 days in the University each year. The residential is an important part of the course. It offers a valuable opportunity to connect with fellow students and lecturers and to attend a series of tailored lectures and seminar sessions. As a distance learner, you will be considered a valued and engaged member of the CCS and the Department’s student body as whole. You will be encouraged to participate in the Department’s research seminars where possible and other online events. We also hold an early career conference in Catholic Studies which is run online in alternate years. We are fully committed to making the high-quality academic study of Catholic theology available to students in different parts of the world and in a wide variety of life situations. Course structure Core module: Catholic Theology: A Preliminary Tour provides a strong intellectual foundation to help you move from undergraduate studies in theology and religious studies or in related subjects such as classics, philosophy, history or literature to the study of Catholic theology at a more advanced level. You will also gain training in research methods and resources that are used in the academic study of Catholic theology.


Examples of optional modules: Conceiving Change in Contemporary Catholicism; Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology; Catholic Social Thought and Practice; The Theology of Thomas Aquinas Selected Topics; Faith and Reason; High Medieval Franciscan Theology.

Assessment method

The majority of coursework is assessed by essays, with the potential for oral presentation and an exam depending on the option module chosen.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 undergraduate degree in Theology, or Religious Studies or a related discipline. See University website for more details.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4700 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4700 Year 1
Scotland £4700 Year 1
Wales £4700 Year 1
Channel Islands £4700 Year 1
EU £9900 Year 1
International £9900 Year 1

Additional fee information

A limited CCS Bursary Fund specifically for this programme in Catholic Theology by Distance Learning is now available. For full details see Funding - Durham University
Catholic Theory (Distance Learning) at Durham University - UCAS