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Theology and Religion BA (Hons)

Durham University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Trevelyan College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

**What do people believe about the world and their place in it? How do those beliefs shape society and culture? Can those beliefs be critically examined, scrutinised and tested?** At the Department of Theology and Religion, the answer to the final question is 'Yes'. We teach you how to use the tools of philosophy, social science, history, literature and language to understand human beliefs and worldviews, past and present. We do this both from within, seeking to test our own beliefs for clarity and coherence, and from without, as critical observers. We have a historic strength in the study of Christian thought, history, practice, and texts, while offering strong provision in other areas such as politics, ethics, non-Christian faith traditions, humanism and atheism (which are also belief systems).**Year 1**Four compulsory modules are taken in the first year, as follows:Worldview, Faith and Identity (world religions)Introduction to Biblical Studies (scriptural studies)Christianity in Context (historical studies)Introduction to Christian Theology (philosophical studies)and two optional modules from a list which in the past has included:Islam ObservedGod and EvilBiblical HebrewGod and the Good: Philosophy of Religion and EthicsNew Testament GreekA module from another department (such as Arabic, or Ethics and Values).One of these optional modules may be taken in your second year. **Year 2**Beyond the first year, you have the opportunity to either develop your expertise in all of these areas, or to specialise in one or more according to your interests. Here are some examples of modules that have previously been offered in the second year:Atheism, Belief, and the Edge of ReasonScience and Theology: Exploring the InterfaceLiterature and Theology of the Old TestamentSacred India: Land, Politics, and IdentityFaith, Identity and Power in Latin AmericaJewish Religion in Antiquity: Belief Systems, Ethics, Political ConflictsPhilosophy and the Christian Tradition 100–1300Imaging GodThe Making of Modern Christianity: Medieval and Reformation EuropeReligion in Contemporary BritainMyth and MeaningNew Testament Theology: Exploring Paul and JohnDeath, Ritual and BeliefCatholic Identity in the Modern World.In your second year you may also take up to two modules in other departments.**Year 3**In your final year, you will submit a double dissertation which allows you to explore in depth a topic of your choice which is of special interest to you. In the third year you can also take optional modules, selecting from a list which in the past has included:Jesus Christ in the Twentieth CenturyCompeting Gospels: Jesus Inside and Outside the CanonIssues in Old Testament StudiesReligious Diversity in African ContextThe Sociology of Conservative ProtestantismTheology, Nature, EnvironmentThe Thought of St Thomas AquinasThe First Urban ChurchesBiblical TheologyReligion and FilmEmotion, Religion and IdentityChristian Tradition and the Practice of Politics.The Postmodern God.If not taken in the second year (see above), you may also take up to two Finals modules (in total) in another department.We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020.**Study Abroad**Durham University currently has over 240 student exchange agreements across the world as part of our International Exchange programmes. Our partner institutions are spread across the globe from Austria to New Zealand. Students apply for this opportunity during their first two years and (if successful) spend a year, between their second and third years at Durham in one of our overseas partner institutions. For more information on this course, please see our website.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 22,250per year

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Entry requirements

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A level : AAB

Specific subjects excluded for entry:General Studies and Critical Thinking.Information:Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.


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University information

Durham University

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  • Campus address

    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 29

  • Entry standards

    / Max 197
    160 85%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.14 83%



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