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About Union

If you are a prospective student, please feel free to explore the site so that you get a good idea of what it’s like to be a student at Union College, and the range of options that are open to you. Look especially at what Union students say about their experience and check out the section on our homepage “Why Study at Union”. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

If you are a current student at Union, you will find lots of information here about your programme of study, module options, course requirements and assessment, as well as additional opportunities available to you so that you can develop all your gifts and abilities during your time at Union.

In recent years, the facilities at Union College have been greatly enhanced in order to support students in their learning and personal development. Our historic College building has undergone a major renovation of the exterior stonework. Some internal changes to the structure of the building and office accommodation have also been made which will make the building more accessible to everyone.

In 2016–17, we were pleased to welcome two new members of faculty, Dr Zach Cole and Dr Marty Cowan. In 2017–18, a new Professor of Systematic Theology, Rev Dr Michael McClenahan, has joined the faculty. We believe that these people will make a very positive contribution to the life and work of the College.

College life is fundamentally about people, those who teach and those who learn, and the friendships formed at this stage can often last a lifetime. I trust that as a new or continuing student, you will make many new friends and strengthen existing friendships by engaging fully in the life of the College. Informal conversation and interaction outside the classroom can be as important in our personal growth and development as the formal courses of study. That’s why the 11 am coffee break each day is such an important time!

Stafford Carson

Principal

Why choose Union

Each year there is a National Student Survey taken across all UK universities. This is what Theology students at Queen’s said last year about their studies at Union College:

  • 100% said that that the course provided opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
  • 100% said that staff are good at explaining things
  • 100% said that Library resources supported their learning well
  • 94% said that the course is well–organised and runs smoothly

Undergraduate courses in Theology are taught in Union College.

Module choice – An undergraduate degree consists of 18 modules. Union offers over 30 different modules for undergraduates, representing a huge choice and many options for our students.

Library – The Gamble Library at Union is the best theological library in Northern Ireland. It contains over 63,000 books, more than 20,000 pamphlets, taking 55 theological periodicals annually, plus several online resources.

Faculty – We have a faculty of five full–time professors, a Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in Biblical Studies, and a Lecturer in Historical Theology plus several part–time lecturers and staff, offering a wide range of specialist expertise.

Location – We are situated beside the main Queen’s campus, only 100 yards from the main university library. This is especially important for students taking modules which are taught on the main Queen’s campus.

Success – In the past year, 100% of undergraduate and postgraduate Theology scholarships have been won by Union Students