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Theology and Religion

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Accepted in place of A levels with the following grade equivalencies: D2 = A*; D3 = A; M2 = B. Combinations of A levels and Principle subjects are accepted. NB required subjects must be offered (see A level Section)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

6,5,5 in Higher Level subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD. BTEC Diploma: DD, plus B at A-level. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: D, plus AB at A-level.

Accepted in place of a non-required A level with the equivalent grade.

UCAS Tariff

128

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Theology and religious studies

Religion, faith and spirituality are powerful cultural forces, so an understanding of religious and spiritual perspectives in the contemporary world is vital.

As one of the most culturally and religiously diverse communities in Europe, Birmingham provides a fascinating and intellectual environment for studying undergraduate Theology and Religion. You'll benefit from our excellent relationships with the city’s faith communities, and our compulsory work placement module will inform your understanding of significant religious traditions within the workplace.

An understanding of religion is indispensable knowledge for anyone functioning within a contemporary, multicultural society. Our Theology and Religion staff have specialist expertise in the study of many ideas, movements and traditions that are shaping the twenty-first century, such as feminism and gender studies, cultural studies, global ethics, the philosophy of religion, and the study of the Holocaust. The Department of Theology and Religion is ranked in the Top 30 for Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

**Culturally-diverse city** – All faiths are well-represented in Birmingham, with more than 650 churches, mosques, synagogues and temples across the city. Outside London, Birmingham has the UK’s largest Muslim, Sikh and Buddhist communities, the second largest Hindu community and the seventh largest Jewish community.

**Real-world Opportunities** – Boost your employability skills by completing the compulsory placement module where you have the opportunity to spend time in a school, charity or even abroad [Doing what?]

**Theology in Practice** - Our academics work with policy-makers, and advise governments and public bodies, on engagement with faith communities. A degree in Theology and Religion offers an excellent preparation for any kind of professional role that requires engagement with diverse communities and navigating their particular needs and challenges.

**Taught by experts** – You will study your undergraduate degree course alongside some of the finest minds in Theology and Religion. Times Higher Education ranked the Department 2nd in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise. The Department is also ranked in the Top 30 in the World for Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies in the QS World University Rankings 2021. (Top 10 in the UK by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021)

**Rewarding Student Experience** - At Birmingham we believe that teaching hours should be complemented by a wide-range of academic opportunities and social occasions. As a student in Theology and Religion you have access to, among many other things, free language tuition, bespoke academic writing advice, and a student experience team who co-ordinate performances, talks, trips, podcasts, quizzes and celebrations.

**Diverse Perspectives** - Unlike other universities, we engage with all students/major religions and not just the typical approach of studying the 3 major abrahamic religions. Across all 3 years you will study Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism which are often neglected by other universities. We want our students to gain a strong understanding of all major religions whilst also specialising in the niche that interests them the most. In your final year, you have an unprecedented freedom to choose any module that interests you ranging from the Hebrew Bible to the Holocaust and to Birmingham's diversity.'

Modules

First-year modules cover a broad base of the subject and are designed to introduce you to ways of studying at university. By the final year the modules you take will become more specialised and reflect the research expertise of the academic staff. More detailed module information can be found on the ‘Course detail’ tab on the University of Birmingham’s coursefinder web pages.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Birmingham

Department:

Department of Theology and Religion

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Theology and religious studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Theology and religious studies

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

71%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Philosophy and religious studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
68%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Caring personal services

Theology can actually be a very vocational subject —by far the most common move for theology graduates is to go into the clergy and at the moment we have a serious shortage of people willing to go into what is one of the oldest graduate careers. If you want to study theology but don't want to follow a religious career, then there are plenty of options available. 2015 graduates went into all sorts of jobs requiring a degree, from education and community work, to marketing, HR and financial analysis. Postgraduate study is also popular — a lot of theology graduates train as teachers, or go into Masters or even doctoral study - where philosophy and law are very popular postgraduate subjects of study.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Philosophy and religious studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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