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Religion and Theology (BA)

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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.

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Course overview

In our rich and rewarding 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 extend beyond Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

You tailor your own programme from a wide range of modules. You can combine thematic, social scientific, linguistic and historical approaches, addressing both the history and basic beliefs of religious traditions and their role in public life, 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.

Bringing a wealth of expertise across theme and religious tradition, our academics share latest thinking in the classroom, including their own cutting-edge research.

Our supportive community enables you to flourish. We collaborate on first-name terms, and small group teaching means every student can participate in discussions, something consistently praised in National Student Survey feedback.

Distinctive features

Explore the histories, cultures and beliefs of both major and less well known traditions, taking your pick of thematic, historical, textual and social scientific approaches.

You have great flexibility to tailor your programme, choosing subjects of real interest in modules ranging widely from religion in the media to mythology in modern cinema.

UCAS codeV6V6
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration3 years
ModeFull time

Entry requirements

BBC-BCC. Please note General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.  

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DMM in Humanities, Social Science. Any other BTEC subject if combined with an A-Level excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Achieve the IB Diploma with 655 in 3 HL subjects. 6 in HL History, Classics or Ancient History prefrable

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of History, Archaeology & Religion admissions criteria pages.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£9,000None

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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 (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£17,700None

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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.

Additional costs

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

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 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

You study 120 credits each year of your degree.

You take two core modules, choosing the remainder from our wide range of optional modules.

You can also choose to study modules from Ancient History, Archaeology or History within the School.

Year two

You study 120 credits each year of your degree.

You take two core modules, choosing the remainder from our wide range of optional modules.

Year three

You choose from a wide range of optional modules (totalling 90 credits) and either opt to to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice or undertake a Critical Translation (30 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.

Learning and assessment

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.

Careers

Career prospects

Our graduates progress into a wide range of careers using the skills gained throughout their degrees. Some choose to pursue professions making direct use of their discipline expertise, whilst others enter the public or private sectors, from teaching to graduate-track management.

96% of the School’s 2016/17 graduates reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey).

Taking the Class of 2017 as our most recent example, graduates from the School have gone on to roles in teaching, the civil service, the military, banking and insurance, and the charity sector, with employers ranging from the National Museum Wales and Oxford Archaeology East, to County Council authorities and Schools.

During your degree you can take full advantage of the wide-range of opportunities provided by the Careers Service, enhanced by the School’s Workplace Partnerships Officer.

Jobs

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