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Study Theology abroad

An in-depth guide to studying theology as an international student.

Theology degrees abroad

Theology is the study of religion, and it examines the different religions of the world, their impact on society and the human experience of faith. It combines elements of history, philosophy, anthropology and religious studies, and tackles difficult and complex questions around the meaning of religion and the nature of gods.

It’s a subject that is always relevant, and will give a number of important skills including debating, critical thinking and problem solving. Theology is a great subject to study abroad, as it means you could learn in a more culturally diverse environment, where you’ll experience different religions and cultures from home.

There are a huge number of theology degree programs available in many different countries around the world. Studying theology as an international student is a fantastic opportunity to get a great education, learn a new language and make lifelong friends.

Theology program structure

Theology is a diverse subject, and can be approached differently by different universities and in different countries. So programs combine elements of ethics, philosophy, politics or history so make sure you check the content and curriculum of the program before you apply.

Many theology degrees are made up of compulsory modules and several optional or elective modules that you can choose yourself. This means you can easily tailor your degree to the subjects that most interest you.

It’s possible to study theology abroad at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Bachelor’s degrees are usually offered as a BA, and can be studied full time over three or four years depending on the country and whether or not the course includes an extra year abroad.

At postgraduate level, you can study for a master’s for one or two years, or a doctorate degree which can take up to four years. At the terminal degree level you can choose to study for a PhD or a ThD (Doctor of Theology). These are largely the same, but the ThD may focus more on Christian theology, and a PhD may cover other religions as well.

Typical theology modules and study topics include:

  • Religion in the modern world
  • Philosophy and religion
  • Religious history
  • Religious text studies
  • Sexuality and gender in theology
  • Women and religion
  • Theological ethics

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Theology study abroad programs

Theology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in theology

  • Lipscomb University Logo

    Theology and Ministry Lipscomb University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 30,860 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • Liverpool Hope University Logo

    Theology Liverpool Hope University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 11,400 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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  • University of Chichester Logo

    English Literature and Theology University of Chichester, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 13,500 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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  • Leeds Trinity University Logo

    Theology and Religious Studies Leeds Trinity University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 12,000 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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  • LeTourneau University Logo

    Scripture and Theology LeTourneau University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 29,630 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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Theology graduate programs

Master's in theology

  • University of Newcastle Logo

    Theology University of Newcastle, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 28,895 AUD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July, September
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  • University of Gloucestershire Logo

    Theology and Religious Studies University of Gloucestershire, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 13,200 GBP
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, September
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  • Liverpool Hope University Logo

    Theology, Philosophy & Religion Liverpool Hope University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 11,400 GBP
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, September
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Doctorate in theology

  • University of Nicosia Logo

    Theology University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    • Tuition fees per year 4,500 EUR
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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  • University of Gloucestershire Logo

    Theology and Religious Studies University of Gloucestershire, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 13,200 GBP
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, September
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Future theology careers

Although many graduates go into careers within a religious organization, there are plenty of secular jobs you can also pursue. Popular jobs for theology graduates include:

  • Religious school teacher
  • Social worker
  • Journalist
  • Higher education teacher
  • School teacher
  • Counselor
  • Charity worker

Theology graduates will develop a wide range of skills that lend themselves to a huge number of careers. That means you don’t have to limit yourself to those jobs listed above, but look at any career where your skills will be useful.