Theology with Computing, English or Philosophy (BA, DipHE and CertHE)


For students who prefer a broader educational choice than a single honours permits

This combined degree programme will appeal to those who are interested in majoring in Theology and would also like to learn more about a different discipline. You can choose to study English, Philosophy or Computing as minor options.

Your degree will be comprised of 75 per cent Theology courses, and 25 per cent from your minor option.

Key dates
Application deadline 1 October*
Registration deadline 30 November (9 October for English)*
Start studying Study materials are usually available from mid-August
Examinations take place May /June
*Please note: students wishing to study English Level 4 courses as part of this combined programme should submit their application by 15 September and complete their registration by 9 October, ahead of the commencement of VLE Tutor Groups on 15 October.

Why theology?

Religious beliefs provide a sense of purpose, a source of values and a way of life for many people. Studying Theology will give you a greater understanding of religious beliefs and the way in which they have shaped societies, and will give you an opportunity to evaluate your own beliefs about the nature and purpose of human existence, whether you are an active member of a faith community, agnostic, or have no faith at all.

Programme Combinations

Theology with English: The English components of this programme will enable you to broaden your study of the human condition by focusing on some of the greatest works of literature from the Middle Ages to the present day. An understanding of theological ideas will provide insights into the many works of literature which are informed or inspired by Christianity and other religions. You will gain a critical understanding of key texts, events, doctrines, theories, interpretations and arguments relating to the study of Theology and English. At the same time you will develop your skills in critical thinking, research, problem analysis and self-organisation.

Theology with Philosophy: Studying a Philosophy minor will broaden the intellectual scope of your theological studies. Philosophy is an important tool in helping to understand what religion is, and whether belief is reasonable. Philosophy courses will help you to understand the impact of religion on individuals and society from a philosophical standpoint. The debate about whether there is a God is at least in part about philosophical arguments for the existence of God.

Theology with Computing: There are three subject-specific pathways within the Computing minor programme, which are reflected in your qualification.

  • Theology with Computing (Computer Science): Studying Computer Science will help to enhance your employability as computing skills are valued in many jobs. The computing courses cover topics such as algorithms and data compression, which will appeal to those with an interest in mathematics and computation.
  • Theology with Computing (Computing and Cognition): This pathway emphasises the cognitive aspects of computing.  Cognitive science is a subject area that takes human cognition as its starting point, and looks at how knowledge in this area can be applied to computing, and vice versa. Creativity and artificial intelligence are part of this broad area of study, and the courses offered on this pathway come from creative computing and artificial intelligence.
  • Theology with Computing (Computing Information Systems): Computing Information Systems offers subjects that are broadly related to electronic commerce and information technology.  Having a practical knowledge of information systems, as well as the analytical skills developed through Theology, will give you a wider range of transferable, employment-related skills.

Study options

You can choose from a full BA (12 courses), Diploma of Higher Education (8 courses) or a Certificate of Higher Education (4 courses). The Certificate is an ideal option if you don't feel ready to commit to a full Diploma or degree programme or don't have the qualifications to meet our entrance requirements.

Once you pass the Certificate, you can transfer your registration to the Diploma or BA. You can also transfer to the BA on completion of the Diploma.

A prestigious qualification

These combined degrees draw on the academic expertise of the University of London and two Member Institutions:

  • The Theology programme is academically directed by the University of London.
  • Goldsmiths, University of London, is responsible for the English and Computing courses.
  • Birkbeck, University of London, has developed the Philosophy component.

Develop transferable skills

Studying Theology will equip you with transferable skills that can be used in a wide range of contexts. You will be able to understand and analyse complex ideas and to present your ideas clearly and logically. Having a minor in English, Philosophy or one of the Computing pathways will help to increase your employability and widen your skill set.

These degrees are useful not only for those working with religious organisations, but also for those working in teaching, the social services, and other occupations that are concerned with people and their values. The managerial and organisational levels of the voluntary sector are also particularly interested in those with theological expertise.


Structure and Syllabus

These qualifications combine different academic disciplines. Theology is the major subject and is taken with either Computing, English or Philosophy as the minor subject.

BA in Theology with Computing
BA in
Theology with English
BA in
Theology with Philosophy

The Bachelor of Arts degrees comprise twelve courses. Each degree is made up of nine Theology courses and three courses from either Computing, English or Philosophy.

DipHE in Theology with Computing
DipHE in
Theology with English
DipHE in
Theology with Philosophy

The Diplomas in Higher Education comprise eight courses. Each diploma is made up of six Theology courses and two courses from either Computing, English or Philosophy.

CertHE in Theology with Computing
CertHE in
Theology with English
CertHE in
Theology with Philosophy

The Certificates in Higher Education comprise four courses. Each certificate is made up of three Theology courses and one course from either Computing, English or Philosophy.

To see the choice of courses please refer to the Theology Major [pdf, 6pgs 90KB] combined award structure.

To see the syllabus for each course please refer to the English, Computing, Philosophy and Theology programme structures.

Study materials

How you study

The combined degree is offered through distance and flexible learning which allows you to study at a time and place to suit yourself. When you register we will send you a study pack and give you access to an online virtual learning environment (VLE) that include:

  • Subject guides for each course studied
  • Access to the University of London Online Library with a selection of links to relevant materials
  • Access to discussion formums and audio-visual material on the VLE
  • Student handbook
  • Past examination papers and examiners' reports
  • Regulations

Each year you continue to register, you will receive updated materials. In addition to the materials we provide, you will need to buy some books, and others you will need to refer to in a library. As far as possible, you should consider the facilities available locally to you, and how accessible books are likely to be before registering.

We also provide all students with a student registration card.

English and Computing minors:

If you choose one of these minors, you will also have the opportunity to take part in online workshops and receive personalised feedback on coursework.

Philosophy minors:

The Philosophy courses are designed for entirely independent learners who will be able to direct their own learning without a tutor and with a limited virtual learning environment.

Reading list

Down load the following PDFs for reading lists:



Academic year 2017-2018
Annual registration fee £ 883
Fee per Computing full course / half course£ 318 / £159
Fee per English full course£ 318
Fee per Philosophy full course£ 224
Fee per Theology full course£ 252
Examination re-entry fees
Computing (per full course / half course)£ 219 / £110
English (per full course)£ 219
Philosophy (per full course)£ 170
Theology (per full course)£ 170
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The fee per course depends on the level of support provided. Courses with high levels of online support, such as English courses, are more expensive than those with limited support, such as Philosophy courses.

When to pay

Fees are payable between 1st March 2017 and the registration closing date 30th November 2017. The annual registration fee is payable each year to maintain your registration. The course fee includes one attempt at the examination. Examinations take place in May or June each year and examination entries are accepted from mid-December to the closing date of 1 February.

Please note that students registering for English Level 4 courses should ensure they complete their registration by 9 October in the time for the commencement of VLE Tutor Groups on 15 October.

How to pay

All University fees must be paid in pounds sterling (GBP). The University accepts:

  • Western Union - Quick Pay
  • Credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Electron, JCB)
  • Sterling banker's draft/cheque
  • International money/postal order

Further details are given in payment methods.

Other costs

In addition to the fees payable to the University, you should also budget for:

  1. textbooks (this may well be in the region of £300 per year if you are taking four courses in one year)
  2. tuition costs if studying at a teaching institution
  3. the fee charged to your local examination centre to cover its costs; this fee will vary.


Fees are subject to annual revision and typically may be increased by up to 5% per annum. For a full list fees that may be applicable, please see the fee schedule.



Each course of the BA and Diploma and Certificate of Higher Education (except for the Dissertation) is assessed by one unseen examination.

Examinations are held once a year, usually in May or June. You do not have to come to London to take your examinations as we have exam centres around the world as well as in London. Examinations overseas are arranged mainly through Ministries of Education or the British Council. You will be charged a fee by your local examination centre (this fee will vary).

For further information please see the Assessment and examinations section of our website.


The Dissertation is to be 8,000–10,000 words long on an agreed topic. You will be able to receive feedback on a one-page outline (consisting of a working title, a summary of the main sections of the dissertation, and a short bibliography), and comments on two complete drafts before submitting the final version for assessment.

Computing minors

Those taking a course in any of the three Computing minor pathways will have to submit coursework for assessment for most of their courses.

English minors

The Level 4 English course requires you to submit a piece of formative assessment in the form of an essay. This is to help you prepare for examinations and final assessment. The piece of formative assessment is compulsory but does not contribute to your final assessment.


Academic Requirements

BA and Diploma of Higher Education

To be eligible for the BA or Diploma of Higher Education you must normally* be aged 17 or above by the 30 November in the year of registration and satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

If you choose English as a minor you need to also:

  • demonstrate competence in English at least equivalent to UK GCE A level at grade E or above and
  • satisfy the University’s general English language proficiency requirements as outlined below

If you choose the Computing Information Systems minor pathway you need to also:

  • demonstrate competence at least equivalent to UK GCSE/GCE O level grade C in an acceptable mathematical related subject.

If you choose the Computer Science or Computing and Cognition minor pathways, you need to also:

  • demonstrate competence at least equivalent to UK GCSE/GCE O level grade B in an acceptable mathematical related subject.

Certificate of Higher Education

To be eligible for the Certificate of Higher Education with Theology as the major you must:

  • normally* be aged 18 or above by the 1 September at the time of registration
  • have passed the equivalent of at least three separate subjects at UK GCSE/GCE O level (at not less than grade C).

If you choose the Computing Information Systems minor pathway you need to also:

  • demonstrate competence at least equivalent to UK GCSE/GCE O level grade C in an acceptable mathematical related subject.

If you choose the Computer Science or Computing and Cognition minor pathways, you need to also:

  • demonstrate competence at least equivalent to UK GCSE/GCE O level grade B or an acceptable mathematical related subject.

* Applications will be considered from applicants who do not meet the normal minimum age requirement for admission. Each application will be considered on an individual basis, and the decision taken at the discretion of the University of London.

UK GCSE equivalents, including grade requirements can be found at Entrance Qualifications.

If you are not automatically eligible then you will be individually considered by the Admissions Panel. The Admissions Panel will consider qualifications which are not published under the Qualifications for Entrance Schedule, incomplete qualifications (e.g. diplomas / degrees) and substantial relevant work experience. If we cannot accept you with your current qualifications and experience, we will advise you what qualifications you could take in order to become eligible in the future.

English language requirement

The language of instruction, reading and assessment is English. To succeed on our programmes you need a good level of competence in English. If you doubt your ability in written or spoken English we advise you take a course and test in English language before enrolling on the programme.

Required standard of English

You will usually meet the English language requirement for undergraduate programmes if you:

  • hold a UK GCSE / GCE O level in English at grade C or above
  • have five years secondary schooling taught solely in English or have passed GCE A levels or IB in essay-based subjects
  • have passed an International Foundation programme that permits entry onto a recognised UK bachelor degree
  • hold a full Postgraduate award, or a full first degree or Associate degree taught and examined in English from an institute that is acceptable to the University
  • have passed, within the past three years, an Associate degree, Diploma or Higher Diploma awarded by an acceptable institute / polytechnic / university in Hong Kong, Malaysia or Singapore, or
  • have passed, within the past three years, a test of proficiency in English language from an organisation acceptable to the University.

Where an applicant does not meet the required English language level but believes they can demonstrate the required level for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.

Please note if an applicant satisfies one of the above conditions yet provides evidence of a test of proficiency in English language, awarded within the past three years, which is below the University’s minimum requirements then they will be required to retake such a test before being offered admission.

Accreditation of prior learning

If you have studied a syllabus as part of a previous qualification which is comparable in level, content and standard, you might not have to take a particular course as part of your University of London International Programmes degree if we believe that the subject has been covered to the same breadth and depth. This is called accreditation of prior learning or APL. It is also sometimes known as credit transfer or exemption. We will give credit for a maximum of four courses on the degree and two courses on the DipHE.

We can award APL towards the BA degree and DipHE only. The rules that apply are given in the Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning section of the Programme Specification and Regulations [pdf, 85pgs, 419KB]. More information about APL can also be found on the APL section of the website.

Computer Requirements

You must have regular access to a computer (or mobile device*) with an internet connection to use the University of London International Programmes website and the Student Portal. These are where your programme’s study resources are located. Through the Student Portal you can register as a student, enter exams and use your programme’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE provides you with electronic learning materials, access to the University of London Online Library, networking opportunities, and other resources.

To get the most from your studies, your computer should have at least the following minimum specification: 

  • a web browser (the latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer). This must accept cookies and have JavaScript enabled
  • screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater
  • sufficient bandwidth to download documents of at least 2 MB

and the following applications installed:

  • a word processor that reads Microsoft Word format (.doc)
  • Adobe, or other pdf reader.

Certain courses may have addtional requirements, such as:

  • Microphone and speakers
  • software to manage spreadsheets and run macros
  • software for playing mp3 and mp4 files.

* Full mobile access is not available for all programmes.

Academic leaders

Combined degrees - Academic leadership

These combined degrees draw on the academic expertise of three University of London Colleges. The Philosophy programme has been developed by Birkbeck, University of London, which has one of the highest ranking Philosophy departments in the UK. Goldsmiths, University of London, is responsible for the English and Computing courses. From 1 August 2017 the Theology courses are directed by the University of London. Theology academic direction was previously provided by Heythrop College, University of London.

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