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Theology and Religious Studies

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Considered on an individual basis

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H1,H2,H2,H2

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B

Plus ABBBB at highers

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

Plus two Advanced highers grades AB

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A

Plus BB at A level

UCAS Tariff

104-141

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Theology and religious studies

Profound. Inspiring. Divisive. Religion can be all of these things.
Making sense of religion and its impact is essential to understanding other cultures - and your own.

At Nottingham, you'll explore:
- how religious ideas, practices, and identities develop over time

- the insights theology and ethics bring to the biggest questions we face today

- how religious beliefs influence science, philosophy, art, and literature.

Our staff include theologians, philosophers, biblical scholars, historians and sociologists. This diversity broadens your skills and perspectives.

For example you can:
- explore centuries of philosophical arguments about the nature of God

- study the relationship between Judaism, Christianity and Islam

- learn ancient Greek and Hebrew and read biblical texts in their original languages

Come and be part of a dynamic, supportive community helping to shape the future of understanding between cultures.
No previous academic study of Theology or Religious Studies is needed to do this degree.

**Combine with other subjects**
You can also combine Theology with Philosophy in our joint honours programme, or study it alongside multiple subjects on our Liberal Arts BA.

**Foundation Year**
This course is also available with a Foundation Year - aimed at developing potential and diversifying our recruitment.

Modules

You will take 120 credits of modules each year.

In year one you'll get a university-level introduction to different beliefs and traditions. Your core modules (80 credits) - give you a thorough overview of the fundamentals of theology across Christianity, Judaism and Islam. You'll also be able to start to specialise and explore your own particular interests, with optional theology and religious studies modules (0-40 credits). Take the opportunity to learn ancient Greek and/or Hebrew, or take options in another subject - approach a theology topic from another angle or explore an unrelated passion

In year two with just one core module you'll choose subjects that build on material studied in year one or discover new areas. You can develop your knowledge of biblical languages to enable you to read texts in their original form. If you have no existing knowledge of biblical Greek you may be able to take an introductory level module outside your year group. You may also take 20 credits in other subjects.

At the core of the third year is the 40 credit compulsory dissertation. This is your opportunity to do an in-depth piece of work on a topic of your choosing.Apart from that you have a free choice of modules, allowing you to develop your particular interests within theology and religious studies.Many year two optional theology modules are also available to choose in year 3.

Placement and volunteering opportunities are available in the School of Humanities, as well as via the Nottingham Advantage Award. You can also spend time overseas through the University of Nottingham Study Abroad programme.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£20,000
per year
International
£20,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Park Campus

Department:

Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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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.

77%
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

66%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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

63%
Library resources
68%
IT resources
58%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
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?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
C

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
97%
med
Employed or in further education
46%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
9%
Public services and other associate professionals

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.

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

£30k

£30k

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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Higher entry requirements
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