Guide to Studying Theology & Religious Studies
What is Theology & Religious Studies?
- Theology is the study of religion and the nature of religious ideas. It is the learned profession of training in religious studies at university, or a school of divinity.
- Religious studies is the academic field of non-biased study into religious beliefs, behaviours, and institutions. All major world religions are generally covered.
Why study Theology & Religious Studies?
- Religion has existed for as long as mankind has walked on earth – so there's an awful lot of ground to cover. Studying religion puts you at the heart of a culture, and allows a major understanding to develop.
- Is religion less relevant nowadays? Not necessarily, its role has just changed hugely. The impact of science and technology just means that religion is now more a varied and interesting subject than ever before.
- Theology is a composite of many fields, making it a good choice for someone either unsure of their speciality, or who hasn't decided where they want to go yet. Bits of philosophy and history are here, among others.
- This is not a degree that will keep you in the lecture hall from 9 to 5. There is plenty of time for independent study, research and reflection – good for those who like independent learning.
- Just because you study theology at university doesn't mean you're going to become a vicar. Theology provides you with cross-career skills – it is a very employable degree to have.
Coursework, assessment and exams
- Courses are assessed via a variety of ways. First and second year will see a variety of techniques to test your knowledge and skill, including essays, portfolios, presentations, seminars and exams. Final year often includes a dissertation as the primary source of assessment.
What degree can I get?
- BA Classical and Theological Studies
- BA Theology and Film Studies
- BA Theology with a foreign language
- BA Theology
What qualifications do I need?
- Entry requirements vary and depend on the institution in question, and are subject to change.
- Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university and course you are interested in.
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What are the postgraduate opportunities?
- There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
- Examples include straight MAs in Theology, as well as masters in Abrahamic Religions, Apologetics, Applied Theology, Evangelism, Religious Pluralism, and Theology and Spirtuality.
*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.
What are the job opportunities?
- Theology degrees teach students transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as a more spiritual experience at university, with an understanding of what makes others' lives work.
- Particular job areas include teaching and lecturing, archivist, journalism, charity work, civil service, editorial and publishing, social work, youth work, and local and national governance.
- Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, including Frontline.