Religious and Theological Studies (BA)

The BA in Religious and Theological Studies (Single and Joint Honours) provides students with a critical understanding of religious and theological studies with relevance to the historical development of religion in contemporary societies.

Religion has been part of human experience from the earliest traces of human existence up to the present day. It has been the way most cultures have sought to express their understanding of the purpose of life and the foundation of personal and social behaviour.

The study of religion is therefore rich and exciting, and as a student of Religious and Theological Studies at Cardiff, you will have the opportunity to explore your own and other peoples' religious history and culture, and some of the fundamental questions of existence in a flourishing centre of research. Your lecturers are active researchers in their fields, bringing the latest research into teaching.

Key facts

UCAS CodeV603
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
Typical places availableThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications.
Typical A level offerAAB-BBB
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core, with an AB at A-level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer28-36 points, including scores of 5/4 at Higher Level
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
QAA subject benchmark

Theology and Religious Studies

Admissions tutor(s)

Dr Louise Child, Course Administrator

Dr Louise Child, Admissions Tutor

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

The BA in Religious and Theological Studies (Single and Joint Honours) provides students with a critical understanding of religious and/or theological studies with relevance to the historical development of religion(s) in contemporary societies. The programme encourages students to explore religions and theologies in relation to a wide range of historical, theoretical, and social issues, and according to a range of methodological approaches (incl. textual hermeneutics, language study, gender theories, cultural and theoretical anthropology, conflict studies, media, globalisation, etc.). 

The programme is research-led: tutors thereby draw on a range of approaches to studying religion and theology, which do not claim to be exhaustive, but rather are intended to equip students with the skills needed in order to contextualise religious discourse as a way of understanding the role of religion and theology in, for example, the formation of group and individual identities. The wide range of optional modules offers great breadth, but also enables students who wish to specialise after the first year to focus on such areas as Islamic Studies, Asian Religions, Religious Studies, Biblical Studies and Christian Theology.

Year one

In year one, you will take 80 credits in Religious and Theological Studies in which you will:

  • study religion through texts, poetry, art, film, biographies, fieldwork and drama (Introduction to the Study of Religion 1 and 2). A series of research-led case studies on issues such as blasphemy and slavery introduce key ideas about ritual, gender and place that provide a dynamic foundation for further study across a range of modules offered in Years 2 and 3
  • acquire broad knowledge of the history of Christian theology (History of the Christian Church) and Christian theological thought (Introduction to the Bible)
  • acquire the basic skills required for the academic study of religions and theology (how to read a scholarly article, construction of essays, referencing, note-taking, use of evidence and sources – all addressed in the modules outlined above).

You will take another 40 credits in a subject of your choice

  • including the option to begin the study of religious texts in their original languages (e.g. Introduction to Sanskrit, Introduction to Arabic, Introduction to Hebrew, Introduction to New Testament Greek)
  • alternatively, you may take a course in a wide range of other subjects, such as Philosophy, English, History, or a modern language.

Students of this course can choose to study modules outside of their allocated School(s) core and optional modules. These can be chosen from modules from participating Academic Schools.

Year two

In year two, (120 credits), you will have the opportunity to do one or more of the following:

  • develop a more advanced knowledge of Christian theology and history and related subjects, building on introductory modules undertaken in year one (e.g. New Testament Epistles, Beliefs in the Crucible, Exploring Gnosticism)
  • develop a more advanced knowledge of a range of religious traditions, building on introductory modules undertaken in year one (e.g. Islam in the Contemporary World, Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern Judaism, Buddhism: First Thousand Years)
  • develop your awareness of the role of religion in shaping the cultural, intellectual, and ethical concerns of contemporary societies (e.g. Emotions, Symbols and Rituals)
  • If you have taken a language module in year one (e.g. Classical Hebrew, New Testament Greek, Sanskrit or Arabic) you will have the opportunity to deepen your ability to translate and analyse a range of religious texts.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Elementary Sanskrit IRT120120 credits
Elementary Sanskrit IIRT120220 credits
Classical Hebrew 1RT220120 credits
Classical Hebrew IIRT220220 credits
Hellenistic Greek IRT320120 credits
Hellenistic Greek IIRT320220 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
Christian Social Ethics TodayRT731720 credits
Understanding Christian WorshipRT432020 credits
Elementary Arabic IRT120320 credits
Elementary Arabic IIRT120420 credits
Arabic Texts IRT131020 credits
Arabic Texts IIRT131120 credits
Majority World Voices: Global South TheologiesRT734220 credits
Buddhism: The First Thousand YearsRT122720 credits
The Life of the BuddhaRT135220 credits
Early HinduismRT133820 credits
Early Hindu Texts in SanskritRT132820 credits
Open Choice TranslationRT134920 credits
Emotions, Symbols, and Rituals: Studying Societies Through FilmRT121520 credits
Islam in the Contemporary WorldRT132720 credits
Bodies, Spirits, and Souls: The Person, Ethics, and ReligionRT133920 credits
Religion in the WorkplaceRT135420 credits
The Most Famous Hindu Text: Bhagavadgita, Text & ContextRT135520 credits
Foundational EthicsRT135620 credits
God, Good and the Ugly: Topics in Applied Islamic EthicsRT135720 credits
Medieval Church in the Latin WestRT135820 credits
Exploring GnosticismRT135920 credits
Understanding Muslim ScripturesRT136020 credits
Hebrew TextsRT230420 credits
Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern JudaismRT230620 credits
New Testament Gospels and ActsRT320720 credits
New Testament Greek Texts IIRT332720 credits
History of Christian Spirituality 1550 - Present DayRT432120 credits
Money, Sex and Power in the Early ChurchRT432520 credits

Year three

In year three, (120 credits), you will have the opportunity to do one or more of the following:

  • deepen your understanding of a range of theological/religious themes and topics with a range of specialised modules (e.g. Gender and Sexuality: Islamic Perspectives, Theology on the Edge, Christian Social Ethics Today, Early Hinduism, Life of the Buddha)
  • write a research-dissertation (i.e. Open Choice Dissertation) or translation (i.e. Open Choice Translation) based on expertise built up over years two and three
  • acquire skills in qualitative and quantitative research into religion(s) in contemporary societies (e.g. Religion in Modern Britain)
  • If you have taken a language module in years one and two, you will have the opportunity to acquire high-level translation, exegetical, and text-critical skills.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Classical Hebrew 1RT220120 credits
Classical Hebrew IIRT220220 credits
Elementary Sanskrit IRT120120 credits
Elementary Sanskrit IIRT120220 credits
Hellenistic Greek IRT320120 credits
Hellenistic Greek IIRT320220 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
Understanding Christian WorshipRT432020 credits
Elementary Arabic IRT120320 credits
Elementary Arabic IIRT120420 credits
Arabic Texts IRT131020 credits
Arabic Texts IIRT131120 credits
Open Choice TranslationRT134920 credits
Majority World Voices: Global South TheologiesRT734220 credits
Buddhism: The First Thousand YearsRT122720 credits
Early Hindu Texts in SanskritRT132820 credits
The Life of the BuddhaRT135220 credits
Early HinduismRT133820 credits
Emotions, Symbols, and Rituals: Studying Societies Through FilmRT121520 credits
Bodies, Spirits, and Souls: The Person, Ethics, and ReligionRT133920 credits
Religion in the WorkplaceRT135420 credits
The Most Famous Hindu Text: Bhagavadgita, Text & ContextRT135520 credits
Foundational EthicsRT135620 credits
God, Good and the Ugly: Topics in Applied Islamic EthicsRT135720 credits
Medieval Church in the Latin WestRT135820 credits
Exploring GnosticismRT135920 credits
Understanding Muslim ScripturesRT136020 credits
Hebrew TextsRT230420 credits
Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern JudaismRT230620 credits
New Testament Gospels and ActsRT320720 credits
History of Christian Spirituality 1550 - Present DayRT432120 credits
Money, Sex and Power in the Early ChurchRT432520 credits
Islam in the Contemporary WorldRT132720 credits
New Testament Greek Texts IIRT332720 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.

A range of teaching methods and learning styles are used throughout the BA Religious and Theological Studies. Lectures introduce students to the general issues that will guide their own reading; they will develop their ideas in private study, and they will test and gain feedback on those ideas through seminars. Seminars will include activities such as group discussion, oral presentation, and source criticisms.

Assessment

Progression is built into assessment, in that students do smaller guided tasks in Year one, as well as formative essays in Years Two and Three. Progression is also evident in the growing emphasis on types of lengthier, independent written work, e.g. written portfolios as 100% assessment model. Modules at Level 6 also demand deeper engagement with independent methods of working, together with greater demands on handling critically a larger number of bibliographical tasks and items.

Formative and summative assessments include the following

  • A portfolio of skills (incl. Annotated Bibliographies) and methodical approaches in e.g. Religion, Culture and Society 1 and 2 (Year 1)
  • Portfolios of written essays (typically, two 3,000 words)
  • Oral presentations (10-20 minutes)
  • Source criticisms (1000 words) at Years 1, 2, and 3
  • In-class tests (esp. for language modules) of, typically, 3 x 1 hour per module
  • Written Examinations (Typical model incl. 3 questions in 2 hours)

Students receive extensive feedback in a variety of forms, including Essay Clinics on formative written work, seminar discussion, written feedback on essays, essay tutorials, lecturer contact-hours (in office, and electronically)

Skills

Students will develop a range of discipline-specific skills that employers also value. Students learn to assess critically a body of knowledge, to develop hypotheses, test them against qualitative and quantitative evidence, and present conclusions both in writing and orally. They learn to work both independently and as part of a team.

What is expected of you

Students will be expected to attend lectures and seminars, to prepare for the latter through private study, and to participate in seminar activities. They will also be expected to participate in group presentations, as appropriate, and to attend and prepare for supervisory sessions for the Open Choice Dissertation or Open Choice Translation. Students are expected to spend at least five hours per discursive module each week preparing for seminars, presentations and writing essays. Students taking Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced language and text modules are expected to spend between six-eight hours per module working on translation tasks, exegetical assignments, and presentations.

Support

As appropriate, modules use the Learning Central electronic learning environment, on which students find course materials, links to related materials, as copyright permits, and electronic tests. Students undertaking the Open Choice Dissertation or Open Choice Translation are allocated a research supervisor at the start of the academic year. Opportunities for students to reflect on their general abilities and performance are provided through Personal Development Plans (which we call 'CV Building'), which are integrated into the personal tutor system.

The School believes in giving its graduates the best opportunities to find employment. We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes. Some of our graduates enter professions which make direct use of their academic expertise such as work in archives or museums. The majority however compete very successfully in a wide range of other fields. In 2013/14, 92% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Jobs

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

Duration

3 Year(s)

Next intake

September 2016

Places available

Typical places available

62

Applications received

Typical applications received

ABB-BBB (not including General Studies) or AB + Welsh Baccalureat

Accreditations

QAA subject benchmark

QAA subject benchmark

Theology and Religious Studies

Overview and aims of this course/programme

The BA in Religious and Theological Studies provides you with a critical understanding of religious and/or theological studies with relevance to the historical development of religion(s) in contemporary societies. The programme encourages you to explore religions and theologies in relation to a wide range of historical, theoretical, and social issues, and according to a range of methodological approaches (incl. textual hermeneutics, language study, gender theories, cultural and theoretical anthropology, conflict studies, media, globalisation etc.). The programme is ‘research-led’: tutors thereby draw on a range of approaches to studying religion and theology, which do not claim to be exhaustive, but rather are intended to equip students with the skills needed in order to contextualize religious discourse as a way of understanding the role of religion and theology; for example in the formation of group and individual identities. The programme is tailored in a way that enables you to explore your academic and intellectual abilities and strengths: you may choose a diverse range of subjects or you may choose to specialize in particular religious traditions or subject areas. In each case you will receive a solid intellectual foundation, which enables you to explore religion and religious traditions and discourses with scholarly rigor and critical understanding. You may choose to specialize in Religious Studies and Theology from the beginning of your first year with the department’s special optional offer of doing one or more classical source languages of religious traditions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism), or you may choose to combine Religious Studies with a subsidiary subject taken from elsewhere in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science. These subjects may include Archaeology, Politics, English Literature, History, Philosophy, Languages, and more.

What should I know about year five?

Students will be expected to attend lectures and seminars, to prepare for the latter through private study, and to participate in seminar activities. They will also be expected to participate in group presentations, as appropriate, and to attend and prepare for supervisory sessions for the Open Choice Dissertation. Students are expected to spend at least five hours per discursive module each week preparing for seminars, presentations and writing essays. Students taking Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced language and text modules are expected to spend between six-eight hours per module working on translation tasks, exegetical assignments, and presentations.

It might seem that that you have very few hours of teaching, but as a student, you are expected to demonstrate that you are progressing academically by attending lectures, language classes, seminars and tutorials. It is extremely important that you attend all of your classes for the following reasons:

It is in the lectures that you find out what the key topics in your subject are, which can help you structure your additional reading.

Your seminars are the place for you to discuss issues raised in the course and from your reading, and to enhance and develop your understanding.

Both your lectures and seminars will help you prepare your essays and revise for your exams.

Your presence can also help others to learn (as well as you), whilst student absence disrupts the learning process for the whole group.

Attendance atlectures, seminars, and tutorials is COMPULSORY. Therefore if you are unable to attend, you must notify your tutor or the Religious Studies secretary in advance by telephone, by email or in writing in order to explain your absence. Further information on illness, reporting extenuating circumstances, and leave of absences can be found in the Student Handbook and Academic Regulations Handbook.

The Department expects that Students will:

  • attend all classes, punctually, and to explain any absence (in advance where possible)
  • prepare adequately for and contribute to seminars and tutorials
  • avoid plagiarism (plagiarism being work which uses the words or ideas of others without acknowledging them as such)
  • take responsibility for their own learning, with appropriate guidance  to monitor their own progress and take account of the feedback given
  • show respect for their fellow students, tutors and the learning environment
  • manage their time effectively so that they are adequately prepared for all classes and assignments
  • complete their assessments on time and in compliance with the instructions given
  • take responsibility for advising themselves of the regulations governing assessments
  • ensure that they are registered for the requisite number of modules and that the academic registry are aware of which modules they are taking
  • read all handbooks carefully and take appropriate action
  • regularly access their University e-mail account
  • ask members of staff before using their names as referee
  • keep an e-portfolio for personal career development 

How is this course/programme structured?

BA Religious Studies is a three year degree programme. It is structured so that you acquire, in successive years, the knowledge and skills required to become an independent researcher, equipped for high-level professional employment. In Year One, you will

•acquire broad knowledge of the history of Christian theology (e.g. History of the Christian Church) and Christian theological thought (e.g. Introduction to the Study of the Bible)

•acquire broad knowledge of a number of key issues, approaches, methodologies in the Study of Religion by a number of case studies from different religious traditions presented by the lecturers of the department (introductory module Study of Religion 1 and 2)

•acquire the basic skills required for the academic study of religions and theology (how to read a scholarly article, construction of essays, referencing, note-taking, use of evidence and sources, all addressed in the principal Yr. 1 discursive modules, as outlined above)

•There is also the option to be introduced to the study of religious texts in their original languages, through the acquisition of introductory and intermediate languages, and through the acquisition of fundamental exegetical and text-critical skills (e.g. Introduction to Sanskrit; Introduction to Arabic; Introduction to Hebrew; Introduction to New Testament Greek)

•have the option to choose one free-standing module in another department (e.g. History, Philosophy, etc.) In Year Two, you will •develop a more advanced knowledge of Christian theology and history, building on introductory modules undertaken in Yr. 1 (e.g. New Testament Epistles; Beliefs in the Crucible; Exploring Gnosticism)

•develop a more advanced knowledge of a range of religious traditions, building on introductory modules undertaken in Yr. 1 (e.g. Islam in the Contemporary World; Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern Judaism;)

•develop your awareness of the role of religion in shaping the cultural, intellectual, and ethical concerns of contemporary societies (e.g. Emotions, Symbols and Rituals)

•If you have taken a language module in Yr. 1 (e.g. Classical Hebrew; New Testament Greek Texts 1 etc) you will have the opportunity to deepen your ability to translate and exegete a range of religious texts.

In Year Three, you will

•deepen your understanding of a range of theological/religious themes and topics with a range of specialised modules (e.g. Gender and Sexuality: Islamic Perspectives; Theology on the Edge; Christian Social Ethics Today; Life of the Buddha)

•be able to write an independent research-dissertation (i.e. Open Choice Dissertation) based on expertise built up over yrs. 2 and 3, or produce a research-based translation of an original religious text in one of the languages taught in the department (Open Choice Translation); in each case closely supervised by one of the lecturers in the department

•acquire skills in qualitative and quantitative research into religion(s) in contemporary societies (e.g. Religion in Modern Britain)

•have further opportunities to acquire and further develop high-level translation, exegetical, and text-critical skills (if you have taken a language module in Yrs 1 and 2). *The modules available can change from year to year depending upon staff and teaching schedules, and are not guaranteed.

What should I know about year four?

For all assignments will need to be prepared using a computer/word processor. 

What should I know about year three?

Students will develop a range of discipline-specific skills that employers also value. Students learn to assess critically a body of knowledge, to develop hypotheses, test them against qualitative and quantitative evidence, and present conclusions both in writing and orally. They learn to work both independently and as part of a team. The acquisition of skills and of intellectual understanding generally is progressive. As you progress through your degree we will raise our expectations of the depth and breadth of your studies. In broad terms: Year One introduces you to a variety of topics, skills, and range of approaches and methodologies used in Religious Studies. Year Two provides you with options to explore different religious traditions, from the main “World Religions” and at the same time delivers specific training in the critical analysis of concepts, theories and methods of Religious Studies (History of Religions, Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy, Theology). Final Year provides you with the opportunity to develop these skills through a systematic engagement with, and interrogation of primary sources in your modules and in the optional production of a Dissertation or a longer piece of Translation of a religious text based on original research. You are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and for the presentation of your findings, but we, as lecturers and tutors, will support you. We cannot learn for you, but it is our responsibility to help you learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, and to help you become independent learners.

What should I know about the preliminary year?

A range of teaching methods and learning styles are used throughout the BA Religious and Theological Studies. Lectures (using a wide variety of sources such as texts, images, film, music, drama) initially introduce students to the general subject matter as well as provide students with guidance on further reading to deepen their knowledge and understanding in private study.  The lectures are supported by seminars, where the smaller group sizes encourage acquisition of more specialized knowledge, understanding and skills using methods such as group work and discussion, oral presentations and source criticism.  Consistent and constructive feedback (oral and written) by the academic staff in lectures, seminars and personal one-to-one meetings ensures that each student optimizes their learning potential.

Each one-hour seminar requires six to eight hours of preparation; in the seminar itself you will use the knowledge acquired during the preparatory time to present and test your arguments. In the process, you will receive feedback on your ideas and arguments from lecturers and fellow students. In your essays you will combine a range of sources – sometimes contradictory – into a coherent argument using evidence from a range of scholarly and academic sources.  You will receive individual feedback on your essays from lecturers: written and oral.

Core courses in Years One usually comprise of two weekly lectures, supplemented by weekly seminars in small groups. In Year Two, and especially Year Three, the emphasis shifts further towards seminar work. In total, you would be expected to work 35-40 hours per week.  

What should I know about year one?

Assessment:

You will be assessed largely by written examinations and coursework essays. You will also write longer essays, source criticisms, critical reviews of scholarly articles, and a dissertation.  You will receive close academic support from the academic staff in all your work.  In certain courses, you will give oral presentations as part of your assessment. The marking criteria for this work measure the extent to which you have achieved the learning outcomes for the Programme.

Progression is built into assessment: Year One tasks are smaller and completed under more guidance than Year 2 and subsequently Year 3. Progression is also evident in the growing emphasis on longer pieces of work, independent written work, e.g. written portfolios as 100% assessment model; 8,000 word final year dissertation. Modules at Level 6 also demand deeper engagement with independent methods of working, together with greater demands on critically handling a larger number of bibliographic tasks and items.

Formative and summative assessments include the following

  • A portfolio of skills (incl. annotated bibliographies) and methodical approaches in e.g. Introduction to Religion 1 and 2 (Yr.1)
  • Portfolios of written essays (typically, two 3,000 words)
  • A final year dissertation (8,000 words)
  • Oral presentations (10-20 minutes)
  • Source criticisms (1000 words) in Yrs. 1, 2, and 3
  • In-class tests (esp. for language modules) of, typically, 3 x 1 hour per module
  •  Written Examinations (Typical model incl. 3 questions in 2 hours)

Feedback:

Students receive extensive feedback in a variety of forms, including: Essay Clinics on formative written work, seminar discussion, written feedback on essays, essay tutorials, lecturer contact-hours in their office and or electronically via email. 

Other information

Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor with whom to discuss and reflect upon academic progress and personal development planning.

As appropriate, modules use the Learning Central electronic learning environment, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials, as copyright permits, and electronic tests. Students undertaking the Open Choice Dissertation or the Open Choice Translation are allocated a research supervisor at the start of the academic year. Opportunities for students to reflect on their general abilities and performance are provided through Personal Development Plans (which we call ‘CV Building’).

The Department believes in giving its graduates the best opportunities to progress into further study such as a Masters or PGCE, or find graduate level employment upon graduation. We organise interactive workshops with the support of the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes. The majority of our graduates compete very successfully in a wide range of other fields. In 2012 93.5% of students progressed into further study or found employment within six months of graduation, of those who found employment, over 60% were in graduate level jobs in a wide range of occupational sectors including 

Distinctive features

Graduates from this programme will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical understanding of religious traditions on the basis of source material from different religious traditions and of modern discourses on religion;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of religions in a global context, in history and in the present;
  • demonstrate a general understanding of the various approaches adopted by Religious Studies and Theology to the study of religious traditions and theologies;
  • develop an awareness of the different theories of religion, but also critically assess the limits of knowledge that can be achieved about religion;
  • achieve the above objectives both independently and as part of a team;
  • produce a major piece of independent research (open choice dissertation in the third year, optional);
  •  demonstrate  understanding of debates concerning religious and theological issues in historical context and contemporary society.

How will I be taught?

In order to encourage students to apply their learning to the world outside of the University, the school has a dedicated Work Placements Officer who supports students with accessing a wide range of work experience opportunities both in and out of term time. This together with additional career related workshops and the department’s academic programme, students will begin to develop a range of discipline-specific skills that employers now demand. Students learn to assess critically a body of knowledge, to develop hypotheses, test them against qualitative and quantitative evidence, and present conclusions both in writing and orally. They learn to work both independently and as part of a team. Students have the opportunity to study abroad during the second (as an exception also in the third) year through the Erasmus programme. The University-wide ‘Languages for All’ programme will allow students to study a foreign language free of charge alongside their degree programme. The department has developed an e-portfolio for students to identify and store their academic and non-academic progress in order to demonstrate their successes to future placement providers and potential employers during their second and third year of study. To support our students with settling into university and academic life as quickly as possible we have a student mentoring scheme where new students are buddied up with second and third year students. This is where academic and non-academic concerns can be discussed in a safe and informal environment and many fears and can be allayed.

Admissions tutors

Dr Louise Child, Course Administrator

Dr Louise Child, Admissions Tutor


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