Religion and Theology (BA)

The BA in Religion and Theology provides students with a critical understanding of religious and theological studies with relevance to the historical development of religion in contemporary societies.

From the earliest traces of human existence, religion has been a powerful way to understand the purpose of life, the nature of the cosmos and the basis for human behaviour. In our richly BA Religion and Theology degree, you will explore the histories, cultures and beliefs of both major and less well-known religious traditions, taking your pick from a variety of approaches and research specialisms that cover all the major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity).

You tailor your own programme from a wide-ranging choice of modules. You will combine thematic, social scientific, linguistic and historical approaches, addressing both the history and basic beliefs of religious traditions and their thematic study, from religion in the media to mythology in modern cinema. Examining religious history and culture across a broad spectrum, you will also consider the political and social dimensions of religion, from gender and sexuality to warfare and social ethics.

Distinctive features

  • A focus on the relationship between the history of religions and contemporary issues in society. This is made an area of initial focus in the core modules
  • A wide range of scriptural languages from elementary to advanced level.
  • The inclusion of an independent study (in year two) and a dissertation (in year three) ensure that the programme enshrines research-led teaching and independent study at its heart.
  • The question-driven second year core module, ‘What is Religion?’ - an innovative combination of ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’ perspectives on the nature of religion 

Key facts

UCAS CodeV6V6
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of History, Archaeology & Religion admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offerTypical A-level offer: ABB-BBC

Typical A-level offer: ABB-BBC

Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer
Typical International Baccalaureate offerTypical Int Bacc offer: 28-36 with scores of 5/4 at higher level 
Other requirements
  • Typical BTEC Extended Diploma offer: DDM
  • Typical Access to HE Diploma offer: 60 Credits with overall minimum of 4 at level 3, to include minimum of 15 distinctions and 30 merits
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3 M2 M2 – M2 M2 M2
  • Irish Leaving Cert: AABBBB-BBBBCC
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB-BBC​
 

Your programme is delivered across three years. In each year you must acquire 120 credits (totalling 360 credits by the end of your studies).

There is a mixture of compulsory and optional modules in each year. 

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.

Year one

In year one, you will take two core modules and select the rest from our list of options.

You may also have the opportunity to select from a range of modules taught within the other departments in the School.

Year two

In year two, you will take two core modules and select the rest from our list of options.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction To The Study of Religion 1RT111120 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Reading Latin 2HS332220 credits
Reading Greek 2HS332420 credits
Reading Latin 1HS342120 credits
Reading Greek IHS342320 credits
Elementary Sanskrit IRT120120 credits
Elementary Sanskrit IIRT120220 credits
Elementary Arabic IRT120320 credits
Elementary Arabic IIRT120420 credits
Intermediate Sanskrit TextsRT122420 credits
Buddhism: The First Thousand YearsRT122720 credits
Religion and the News: Conflict and ContextRT130020 credits
Islam in the Contemporary WorldRT132720 credits
The Making of 'World Religions' in South Asia: Hindus, Sikhs and MuslimsRT133620 credits
Open Choice TranslationRT134920 credits
Myth and The Movies: Anthropology and Psychology in Contemporary CinemaRT135020 credits
The Life of the BuddhaRT135220 credits
God, Good and the Ugly: Topics in Applied Islamic EthicsRT135720 credits
Intermediate Arabic TextsRT136220 credits
Stories, Suffering and Justice: Old Testament TextsRT230920 credits
New Testament Gospels and ActsRT320720 credits
New Testament Greek Texts IRT320920 credits
Understanding Christian WorshipRT432020 credits
History of Christian Spirituality 1550 - Present DayRT432120 credits
Money, Sex and Power in the Early ChurchRT432520 credits
Beliefs in the CrucibleRT520420 credits
Christian 'Church' Today: Its Meaning, Life and MissionRT520520 credits
Theology On The Edge: Christian Thought in A Changing WorldRT531520 credits
Open Choice DissertationRT731620 credits
Christian Social Ethics TodayRT731720 credits
Majority World Voices: Global South TheologiesRT734220 credits

Year three

In year three your modules include the compulsory ​Dissertation or Critical Translation. You will again study 120 credits to complete your studies.

 

Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction To The Study of Religion 1RT111120 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Reading Latin 2HS332220 credits
Reading Greek 2HS332420 credits
Reading Latin 1HS342120 credits
Reading Greek IHS342320 credits
Elementary Sanskrit IRT120120 credits
Elementary Sanskrit IIRT120220 credits
Elementary Arabic IRT120320 credits
Elementary Arabic IIRT120420 credits
Intermediate Sanskrit TextsRT122420 credits
Buddhism: The First Thousand YearsRT122720 credits
Religion and the News: Conflict and ContextRT130020 credits
Islam in the Contemporary WorldRT132720 credits
The Making of 'World Religions' in South Asia: Hindus, Sikhs and MuslimsRT133620 credits
Open Choice TranslationRT134920 credits
Myth and The Movies: Anthropology and Psychology in Contemporary CinemaRT135020 credits
The Life of the BuddhaRT135220 credits
God, Good and the Ugly: Topics in Applied Islamic EthicsRT135720 credits
Intermediate Arabic TextsRT136220 credits
Stories, Suffering and Justice: Old Testament TextsRT230920 credits
New Testament Gospels and ActsRT320720 credits
New Testament Greek Texts IRT320920 credits
Understanding Christian WorshipRT432020 credits
History of Christian Spirituality 1550 - Present DayRT432120 credits
Money, Sex and Power in the Early ChurchRT432520 credits
Beliefs in the CrucibleRT520420 credits
Christian 'Church' Today: Its Meaning, Life and MissionRT520520 credits
Theology On The Edge: Christian Thought in A Changing WorldRT531520 credits
Open Choice DissertationRT731620 credits
Christian Social Ethics TodayRT731720 credits
Majority World Voices: Global South TheologiesRT734220 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, amounting to approximately eight to ten hours a week of formal teaching. This will be supplemented by independent research and study through which you will acquire more advanced knowledge and understanding.  If you take a scriptural language, you will be taught in small classes (of c. 20 students).

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will help you reflect on your performance on the course and advise you on study techniques, module selection and career planning (in conjunction with the University’s Career Service). They will also provide a first point of contact if you experience any difficulties with your studies or in your wider life.

An extensive programme of careers lectures and workshops is also delivered within the School.

We also provide a range of staff that are available to provide further support, including a senior academic support tutor, a scheme co-ordinator and specialist librarians. A member of academic staff acts as a designated Disability and Diversity Officer and ensures that reasonable adjustments are made for students with disabilities.

The school also has a dedicated employability and placement officer, who can help you in preparing for your chosen career (from C.V. development to the facilitation of placements and internships).

Feedback

Feedback on formative work is given frequently and in a wide variety of formats and is intended to help you to identify strengths and weaknesses in your learning.

Summative Feedback will be given to you in writing and will provide details of both how a decision with regard to the final mark of a piece of work was arrived at and suggestions for future improvements.

How will I be assessed?

Modules are assessed by means of written examination or coursework, or by a combination of the two (with staggered deadlines in the first and second semesters). You will receive a timetable of the assessments that determine your final marks at the beginning of each year, which will help you to organise your studies. These final, or summative, assessment deadlines will be staggered across the final four weeks of each semester.

The format of coursework varies, encompassing standard essays, reviews, extended essays, portfolios of work produced across a whole academic year and gobbet or film analyses, as well as presentations (both individual and group). You will also be required to complete various pieces of formative work, which are designed to assist you in achieving the learning outcomes of modules.

Formative Assessment (does not contribute to your final mark). This may be written or oral and may be submitted formally to a tutor or presented during seminars. Preparation for formative work will normally be done during your independent study time.

Formative assessment will rarely be of draft work for summative assessments (though essay plans might be the subject of formative feedback). Instead, knowledge and competency will be developed by means of formative assessment tasks that complement, but rarely overlap with, final assessment.  

What skills will I practise and develop?

On completion of this programme you will have the ability to:

  • describe key texts and historical and contemporary developments from a range of religious traditions.
  • discuss key themes and issues relevant to the subject area.
  • explain technical issues and terminology relevant to religions and the study of religion.
  • use a variety of approaches to the study of religion and theology (incorporating historical, exegetical, philological, sociological and anthropological methods).
  • apply varied approaches to the development of answers to questions about the nature and development of religious thought and practice.
  • organise and examine a range of evidence sources (text, film, ethnography, survey data, material and visual culture) in relation to specific assessment tasks.
  • evaluate the nature of religion as a category of human behaviour.
  • analyse processes of change and their causal factors in relation to religion and theology in human society.
  • critique received understandings of the place of religions in societies.
  • judge the ethical impact of religious dialogues in historic and contemporary societies (e.g. the role of religious concepts in legitimating or questioning political authority and social hierarchy).
  • plan a research process in order to answer a question in an evidence-based fashion.
  • reframe the study of the ancient in the light of the modern and the modern in the light of the ancient (in selected modules).
  • formulate hypotheses and subordinate hypothesis in a logical fashion with evidence.
  • effectively communicate information and ideas, both orally and in writing
  • prepare and give an oral presentation and provide clear and accurate supporting materials in an appropriate format.
  • take responsibility for structuring, managing and reporting, orally and/or in writing, a small research project.
  • contribute constructively and reliably to a group task.
  • effectively manage time and conduct self-directed study in the context of a structured timetable, prescribed learning activities and task deadlines.
  • reflect on your own learning, identify gaps in your knowledge and plan strategies for closing those gaps.

In 2014/15, 85% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation. Some of our graduates enter professions that make direct use of their academic expertise, while others compete very successfully in a wide range of other fields, in both the public and private sectors (from teaching to graduate-track management). We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes and have our own, in-School Workplace Placements and Employability Officer.

Jobs

  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Theologian
  • Lecturer
  • Historian
  • Priest

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£15,080None

Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Please check with us for full clarification.


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