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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.

Use our Course Chooser to search through Theology & Religious Studies courses.

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.

Graduate job prospects

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*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.