Theology & Religious Studies guide
Religion has existed for as long as mankind has walked on Earth – so there's plenty to learn about.
Theology is the study of religion and the nature of religious ideas. It's the learned profession of training in religious studies at university or a school of divinity.
Religious Studies is the academic field of non-biased, analytical study into religious beliefs, behaviours and institutions. All major world religions are generally covered.
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 & Religious Studies is a composite of many fields, making it a good choice for someone who is either unsure of their speciality or hasn't decided where they want to go yet. Bits of philosophy and history are included, among others.
This is not a degree that will keep you in the lecture hall from nine to five. There's plenty of time for personal study, research and reflection – good for those who like independent learning.
Just because you study Theology & Religious Studies at university doesn't mean you're going to become a vicar. The subject area provides you with cross-career skills; it's a very employable degree to have.
Theology & Religious Studies degrees teach transferable skills such as presentation, research and communication, as well as a more spiritual experience at university, with an understanding of what makes people's lives work.
Particular job roles include teacher, lecturer, archivist, journalist, charity worker, civil servant, editor, publisher, social worker, youth worker, and local and national governors.
Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, including Frontline.
Professional job: Usually needs a degree
Non-professional job: Doesn't usually need a degree
Entry requirements vary and depend on the institution in question, and are subject to change. You don't necessarily need an A Level (or equivalent) in a religion-related subject, but you'll probably need one in an essay-based subject, such as History.
Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university and course you're interested in.
- BA Classical and Theological Studies
- BA Theology and Film Studies
- BA Theology with a foreign language
- BA Theology
Courses are assessed in different ways. In the first and second year, a variety of techniques are used to test your knowledge and skills including essays, portfolios, presentations, seminars and exams. The final year often includes a dissertation as the primary source of assessment.
Examples of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level include straight MAs in Theology, as well as master's courses in Abrahamic Religions, Apologetics, Applied Theology, Evangelism, Religious Pluralism, and Theology and Spirituality.