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Theology (PgDip)

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Mode: Full time

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Why study this course

Reflect critically on your professional practice in a programme designed to support ministry and other related professional development.

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Supporting your ministry

Designed to support ministry and other related professional development allowing you to reflect critically on your professional practice.

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Specialist pathways

Choose from one of five pathways to suit your needs.

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Flexible teaching

Teaching takes place over eight days each semester.

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Enhance pastoral capability

Develop your intellectual competence and research skills to deepen reflective practice.

Reflect critically on your professional practice in our full-time Postgraduate Diploma, designed to support ministry and other professional development.

Designed for those involved in some kind of ministry whether laity and clergy alike, our course aims to improve the competence of practitioners, assisting you to make a better contribution within your ministry.

You choose one of five pathways to suit your needs.

  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Doctrine
  • Church History
  • Collaborative Christian Leadership
  • Practical Theology

Teaching takes place at both South Wales Baptist College and St Padarn’s Institute over eight days each semester.

You will develop your intellectual competence and research skills, deepening your reflective practice and enhancing pastoral capability.

Where you'll study

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Curious about the human experience across millennia and cultures, we are seeking to better understand our past, to illuminate our present and improve our future.

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Admissions criteria

Our Theology programme is suitable for graduates in Theology and/or Religious Studies. Though primarily aimed at people engaged in Christian Ministry (in its widest understanding), laity or ordained ministers of religion alike, members of some other professional groups - e.g. nursing, medicine – will find it equally valuable.

Applicants should normally possess or expect to obtain a First or Upper Second class UK Honours degree, or equivalent. However, significant experience of ministry can also be taken into account.

Typical IELTS offer: An overall IELTS score of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in any sub-score is required for non-native English speakers or those who have not had a substantial part of their education taught in the English language.

We welcome applications year-round but to commence your studies in any given year (starting September), you must submit your application by 1st August.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

What you study depends on your pathway.

For this full-time PG Diploma programme you will take a total of 120 credits over the duration of a year.

This includes six taught modules (120 credits), combining core and optional modules designed specifically for your pathway.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Teaching takes place at both South Wales Baptist College and St Padarn’s Institute over eight days each semester.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via essays AND assignments (such as book reviews and presentations).

How will I be supported?

On enrolment, you are assigned your own Personal Tutor and provided with teaching and learning resources, including Postgraduate Handbook. Additional specific module resources are made available during the programme.

Your personal tutor is your contact point to discuss any problems arising from the course. Further queries can be addressed to the School’s Director of Postgraduate Taught. Our Professional Services team is also available for advice and support.

Feedback:

Feedback on coursework may be provided via written comments on work submitted, by provision of ‘model’ answers and/or through discussion in contact sessions.
 

What skills will I practise and develop?

  • Critical analysis, intellectual flexibility and powers of evaluation
  • Research skills for social and organisational settings
  • Communication, information management and critical reflective skills
  • Skills of reflection on practice and self-understanding in the service of chaplains’ pastoral and other activities.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2021/22)

Fees for entry 2021/22 are not yet available.

Students from outside the EU (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year.

Career prospects

Graduates of this and similar degree programmes have embarked on careers in a range of professions from academia, the heritage sector, journalism and law to media research (media, commercial, academic), teaching and publishing. A significant number choose to continue studies at PhD level.

Recent graduate destinations include CADW, Church in Wales, Council for British Archaeology, Glamorgan Archives, Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust, Tate Gallery, Welsh Assembly Government and a range of universities in the UK and overseas.

Funding

Postgraduate Master’s Finance

If you’re starting your master’s degree in September 2020 or later, you may be able to apply for postgraduate student finance to support your study at Cardiff University.

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