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BD Bachelor of Divinity



Course length
  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 280-320 UCAS points
  • 32-34 IB Diploma

This degree is specifically designed to meet the theological needs of candidates for ministerial priesthood in the Catholic Church.

It enables you to combine a University of London award with further theological study leading to the award of a Pontifical Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology [STB] through the Heythrop College-based Bellarmine Institute, subject to your prior completion of university level study of Philosophy at an approved institution.

What will I Study?

You will be offered a theological formation which is academically rigorous and responsive to the pastoral and cultural challenges of ministry in the Church in the modern world, with particular emphasis on Heythrop’s significance as a formation centre in an important global city. Your studies will have an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Liturgy, Sacraments and Ecclesiology. To support your studies you will be able to study languages at Heythrop, including Latin, New Testament Greek or Biblical Hebrew, as are non-assessed languages classes in some modern languages. Optional modules in years 2 and 3 of full time study will allow you to choose a topic to study of particular interest to you to enrich your studies, or you may choose to take a workplace based module, perhaps in a charity or faith related setting, which will enable you to synthesise theological issues with a real world topic. In your final year you will produce a dissertation on an agreed topic, which will allow you to draw on several different areas of your studies.

Year 1 indicative modules

Year 2 indicative modules

Year 3 indicative modules


Examine contemporary debates in normative and meta-ethics, including intuitionism, the ‘naturalistic fallacy’, moral reasoning, deontology and utilitarianism.