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Theology and Disability, PgDip

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20 months

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Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

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Religious Studies

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Course Summary

Study religion and disability online with experts in Disability Theology. Join our renowned department of Divinity and Religious Studies for a flexible programme of courses that’s ideal CPD for faith leaders.

Join our online courses in religion and disability to explore disability studies from a theological perspective

The experience of disability opens a fresh space for re-thinking and re-narrating what it means to be human.

Our postgraduate diploma (PgDip) in Theology and Disability assumes that the form of human difference some choose to name ‘disability’ is a key to new transformative ways of looking at humanity and the nature of the good life.

PgDip Theology and Disability draws on expertise from:

the Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability, and
the Centre for the Study of Autism and Christian Community.

Join us online to study at your own pace with highly experienced Disability Theology scholars, and students from around the world.

Who is this online Theology course for?

This distance-learning programme is aimed at anyone interested in approaching questions of disability and what it means to be human from a theological perspective. While the dominant religious perspective is Christian, students of all faiths and none are welcome.

It’s ideal CPD (Continuous Professional Development) for leaders of religious communities, and professionals working in faith communities and organisations. The PgDip, or individual courses, can be taken as CPD as part of vocational training, or simply out of interest.

You can also join this PgDip as preparation for further postgraduate studies, including transitioning into our Masters in Divinity.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance-learning PgDip in Theology and Disability is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere, with no need for a visa, and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.


This degree is assessed entirely online via:

  • essays
  • book reviews
  • discussion boards
  • practical assignments
  • creative assessment, eg, poster presentations and creative writing.

By the end of this PgDip, you’ll be able to

  • Reflect theologically on core questions and issues in Disability Theology, such as what it means to be human, and a theological view of healing.
  • Describe and evaluate core ideas of key historical texts that have shaped the context in which Disability Theology is undertaken.
  • Explain and justify your own position regarding influential historical texts, scholars, and developmental trajectories in Disability Theology.
  • Discuss a range of hermeneutical models that bear on the interpretation of the Bible in relation to disability.
  • Analyse how the Bible functions within particular church settings, and how this affects attitudes towards disability and difference.
  • Apply a model of theological reflection to practical experience.


Disability: Reflective Practices in Context
Contemporary Issues and Developments in Disability Theology
Disability Theology and Scripture
Key Texts in Disability Theology

Tuition fees

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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students


Entry requirements

Candidates must normally have 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent qualifications (normally a 3.0 GPA in North America). You’re also welcome to apply if you have: other relevant qualifications, and professional experience with supportive references.

University information

The University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 and is the 5th oldest university in the UK and the 3rd oldest university in Scotland. Since its founding, the university has been ‘Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others’ and it still holds this purpose. Students from all over the world study either on campus or online, and the university attracts the best international academics, researchers, and specialists in...more

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