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Durham University

Theology and Religion

UCAS Code: V614

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Theology and religious studies

**What do people believe about the world and their place in it? How do those beliefs shape society and culture? Can those beliefs be critically examined, scrutinised and tested?**

At the Department of Theology and Religion, the answer to the final question is 'Yes'. We teach you how to use the tools of philosophy, social science, history, literature and language to understand human beliefs and worldviews, past and present. We do this both from within, seeking to test our own beliefs for clarity and coherence, and from without, as critical observers. We have a historic strength in the study of Christian thought, history, practice, and texts, while offering strong provision in other areas such as politics, ethics, non-Christian faith traditions, humanism and atheism (which are also belief systems).

**Year 1**
Four compulsory modules are taken in the first year, as follows:
Worldview, Faith and Identity (world religions)
Introduction to Biblical Studies (scriptural studies)
Christianity in Context (historical studies)
Introduction to Christian Theology (philosophical studies)
and two optional modules from a list which in the past has included:
Islam Observed
God and Evil
Biblical Hebrew
God and the Good: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
New Testament Greek
A module from another department (such as Arabic, or Ethics and Values).
One of these optional modules may be taken in your second year.

**Year 2**
Beyond the first year, you have the opportunity to either develop your expertise in all of these areas, or to specialise in one or more according to your interests. Here are some examples of modules that have previously been offered in the second year:

Atheism, Belief, and the Edge of Reason
Science and Theology: Exploring the Interface
Literature and Theology of the Old Testament
Sacred India: Land, Politics, and Identity
Faith, Identity and Power in Latin America
Jewish Religion in Antiquity: Belief Systems, Ethics, Political Conflicts
Philosophy and the Christian Tradition 100–1300
Imaging God
The Making of Modern Christianity: Medieval and Reformation Europe
Religion in Contemporary Britain
Myth and Meaning
New Testament Theology: Exploring Paul and John
Death, Ritual and Belief
Catholic Identity in the Modern World.
In your second year you may also take up to two modules in other departments.

**Year 3**
In your final year, you will submit a double dissertation which allows you to explore in depth a topic of your choice which is of special interest to you. In the third year you can also take optional modules, selecting from a list which in the past has included:

Jesus Christ in the Twentieth Century
Competing Gospels: Jesus Inside and Outside the Canon
Issues in Old Testament Studies
Religious Diversity in African Context
The Sociology of Conservative Protestantism
Theology, Nature, Environment
The Thought of St Thomas Aquinas
The First Urban Churches
Biblical Theology
Religion and Film
Emotion, Religion and Identity
Christian Tradition and the Practice of Politics.
The Postmodern God.
If not taken in the second year (see above), you may also take up to two Finals modules (in total) in another department.

We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2020 entry from September 2019.

**Study Abroad**
Durham University currently has over 240 student exchange agreements across the world as part of our International Exchange programmes. Our partner institutions are spread across the globe from Austria to New Zealand. Students apply for this opportunity during their first two years and (if successful) spend a year, between their second and third years at Durham in one of our overseas partner institutions.

For more information on this course, please see our website.

Modules

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The Uni


Course locations:

University

John Snow College

St Hild and St Bede

Hatfield

Van Mildert

St Chad's

St Aidan's

Grey

St John's

Josephine Butler College

George Stephenson College

St Cuthbert's

No college preference

St Mary's

Collingwood

Trevelyan

Department:

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.

86%
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Theology and religious studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Theology and religious studies

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
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

66%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
54%
Male students
46%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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Theology 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.

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Average annual salary
98%
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Employed or in further education
60%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Welfare professionals
13%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

Theology 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.

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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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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