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Bachelor of Divinity, BD(noun)
a bachelor's degree in religion
Bachelor of Divinity
In Western universities, a Bachelor of Divinity / Baccalaureate in Divinity is usually an Postgraduate academic degree awarded for a course taken in the study of divinity or related disciplines, such as theology or, rarely, religious studies. Before some institutions, the BD is not regarded as a lower degree than the BA. At the University of Cambridge, the BD is still a postgraduate qualification, and applicants must have already completed an undergraduate degree before being accepted on the course; the same was formerly true at the University of Oxford, where the degree ceased to be offered in 2005. Registration for Cambridge's BD is only open to senior graduates of that University, and is also a postgraduate degree. The University of Durham BD is of a similar nature, and available to graduates of seven years' standing. It is awarded on the basis of published work of a similar extent to a PhD - the usual basis for the award is a book. St Mary's College at the University of St Andrews - where the main undergraduate award is the MTheol - offers the BD following a three year course of study for graduates in other disciplines. In the Catholic Universities the Bachelor of Sacred Theology is often called the Baccalaureate in Divinity and is treated as a postgraduate qualification.
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