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Divinity BD
Divinity BD

Divinity BD

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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English Requirements

  • IELTS Academic: OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

  • TOEFL iBT: OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

  • PTE Academic: OVERALL - 59 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

  • Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency: OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Course Information

Divinity at Aberdeen focuses on the study of the Christian faith and tradition in the context of its history, institutions and its role today. Whether you have a personal, vocational or intellectual interest in learning more about the Christian faith, or want to explore the world's major religions, Aberdeen is the place for you. You will gain accreditation with the Church of Scotland and great transferable skills which open a wide range of career options, in addition to ministry.


Divinity and Theology degrees at Aberdeen both concentrate on the study of Christian faith, life and doctrine in its historical, institutional and contemporary contexts, and both the Bachelor of Divinity and Bachelor of Theology degrees are accredited by the Church of Scotland.

Divinity has been taught at Aberdeen since the university was founded in 1495. You will join an international community of students and leading academics carrying forward this 500+ years of tradition in the highest-quality teaching and researching in all aspects of theology and ministry and with close links to experts in all the world’s major religions.

You will explore the history of the church, the Old and New Testaments, practical theology and theological ethics and choose from a vast array of courses including Biblical languages, the history of the Church in the West, the Reformation in Scotland, classical and contemporary Christian doctrine, the role of religion in ethical and political debates, and religious aspects of disability.

You will get to grips with the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek and Latin, study the Quran, Confucian and Daoist sacred texts, explore the anthropology and sociology of religion and examine the links between spirituality, health and healing.

In addition to ministry and other roles in the church, your career options will be wide due to the intellectual skills you’ve gained, media and journalism, public service and administration, the NGO sector, business, government service, publishing, education and research.

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Year 1

Compulsory Courses

  • Academic Writing for Divinity, History & Philosophy (AW1007)

  • Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen (PD1002)

  • The Rise of Christianity (DR1038)

  • Religions of Ancient Greece and Beyond (DR101B)

  • Exploring the New Testament (DR1573)

  • Introduction to Christian Theology (DR1547)

  • Literature and Society in Ancient Israel (DR152N)

Optional Courses

Select 15 credit points from level 1 Divinity courses of choice, plus 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

  • The Rise of Christianity (DR201L)

  • Religions of Ancient Greece and Beyond (DR201B)

  • Introduction to Christian Theology: Thinking the Faith (DR251N)

  • Literature and Society in Ancient Israel (DR252N)

  • Exploring the New Testament (DR251Q)

Optional Courses

Select 15 credit points from level 2 Divinity courses of choice, plus 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 3

Optional Courses

Select 90 credit points from Divinity courses of choice at level 3 or above, plus 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 4

Optional Courses

Select ONE of the following dissertation options:

  • DR4044 Dissertation (first semester)

  • DR4544 Dissertation (second semester)

Plus select 90 credit points from courses of choice, at least 60 of which must be from Divinity courses at level 4.

  • Dissertation (DR4044)

  • Dissertation (DR4544)

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

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Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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