Theological Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS code V600
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Theological Studies gives you a broad knowledge and understanding of the main disciplines of Christian theology, and the personal and professional capabilities required for a variety of ministries or general employment.

The degree is led by Highland Theological College UHI, a non-demoninational college recognised by the Church of Scotland, the Associated Presbyterian Churches, the United Free Church of Scotland and other denominations as a training provider.

You will read a wide range of theology across all main traditions and have access to special collections in Highland Theological College UHI's impressive library.

A work placement will enable you to relate your acquired theoretical knowledge ro real life situations. Visiting speakers will give you a flavour of the different areas of service that may be of interest for future employment or volunteering, for example: churches, youth work, hospital chaplaincy, army chaplaincy, seminaries and mission agencies in the UK and abroad.

Special features

  • You can study at Highland Theological College UHI's main campus in Dingwall or new base in Glasgow, or at another university campus. Alternatively you can access lectures and course materials from home. 
  • The ideal course for prospective ministers, religious workers, ordained local ministry, readers, missionaries and religious workers.
  • You will have access to Highland Theological College UHI's impressive library of 60,000 volumes.
  • A work placement is available in year three which will enable you to relate the theoretical knowledge you have acquired to real life situations.
  • It is possible to include modules from a range of our degree programmes, or even take a joint degree with History or Scottish History
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances.
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, and exit at the end of each of the levels with a recognised qualification

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish highers at grade C or above OR 
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Access routes

Access to Christian Theology at Highland Theological College UHI.

Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) with grades CCC:

  • Access to arts, social science and primary education (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to community education and humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
  • Access to humanities (Edinburgh College, Fife College and Perth College UHI)
  • Access to Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to university (West Lothian College)
  • Access to university study (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Celtic studies incorporating primary education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)

Year 1 - CertHE

Subjects may include:

  • Jesus and the gospels
  • Introduction to systematic theology
  • Introduction to practical and pastoral theology
  • The Pentateuch
  • Greek grammar 1
  • Protestant Reformation
  • Worship
  • Evangelism

Year 2 - DipHE

Subjects may include:

  • Old Testament prophets
  • Greek grammar 2
  • Hebrew grammar
  • Early church history
  • Biblical theology of mission
  • Cross-Cultural Mission
  • Introduction to youth ministry
  • Pauline theology
  • Person and work of Christ
  • Exploring other faiths
  • Introduction to counselling theory
  • Sacramental theology

Year 3 - BA

Subjects may include:

  • Hebrew texts
  • Hebrews
  • Scottish church history
  • Homiletics
  • Christian spirituality
  • Wisdom literature
  • Greek Texts
  • Doctrine of God
  • Counselling in a pastoral setting
  • Project (arranged by student)
  • Placement

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Subjects may include:

  • Christian ethics
  • Luke/Acts
  • Holy Spirit and the word
  • Hermeneutics
  • Exploring psalms
  • Medieval church history
  • Guided reading (on a topic agreed with your supervisor)

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

It is possible for students to study at Highland Theological College UHI's main campus in Dingwall or new base in Glasgow or at another university campus or at home. If you wish to study from home you should make your application to Highland Theological College UHI Dingwall campus.

  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference tutorials and lectures, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.
  • Twice-yearly conference days provide a good opportunity for students based off-campus to meet with staff and peers.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years taking 6 modules per year
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years, taking 3 modules per year
  • Part-time (unstructured): undertaking 1-2 modules per year 

You should set aside approximately 14 hours per module per week. This includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time only)


How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees 2016-17 2017-18*
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
£1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

*The Home-Scotland/EU fee has not yet been agreed by the Scottish Government.  The indicative fee level is shown in the table.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Level 2016-17 2017-18
  Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,340 (2016-17 and 2017-18)

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2016-17 2017-18
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000 £10,500
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040 £5,250
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680 £1,750

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland), or EU/EEA without a term-time address in Scotland, ie studying from their home country, the following fees apply:

  2016-17 2017-18
Full-time online per year (120 credit modules) £5,400 £5,400
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £900 £900

For international students studying from their home country, ie without a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2016-17 2017-18
Full-time online per year (120 credit modules) £5,400 £5,775
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £900 £963

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Highland Theological College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Theological Studies course, you might like to consider careers in the following:

  • Churches
  • Chaplaincy
  • Mission agencies
  • Colleges and seminaries
  • Research

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

What our students, graduates and staff say:

During my studies I undertook placement modules based on experiences of Ministry in two very different contexts to Scotland: a suburban church in Canada, and a Christian charity supporting people in poverty or living with disabilities in Romania. I was also awarded the Highland Theological Student of the Year during my studies which was a great encouragement…I had never considered myself an ‘academic person’ after leaving school, so the degree was my biggest challenge of the wider process of training of Church of Scotland Ministers.

BA (Hons) Theological Studies graduate Mike Robertson who has been parish Minister of the Barn Church, Culloden since November 2014.

I applied to other universities but Highland Theological College UHI’s reputation made it my first choice. The ease of communication with lecturers was my favourite aspects of the course. In a large university, the kind of communication we had with lecturers probably would have been impossible.

Sean Carnochan, 2016 BA (Hons) Theological Studies graduate

Apply for Theological Studies BA (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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