What students say about theology and religious studies
I study theology and religious studies and I only have about six hours of contact time a week. Whilst it is great to have so much free time to myself, the few hours of uni also require me to be organised and ensure that I structure my time well. The type of work that you're required to do can vary from essays and exams to presentations, group work and recording an online log.2nd year, University of Leeds
The theology department at Chester is really good. We get 12 hours per week of contact time in the first year, 10 in the second year and eight in the third). However, if you are doing a course that involves a lot of reading like I am, it's almost a full-time job for you to read everything lecturers want you to! Assessments mainly include essays, with the occasional presentation. I don't find the course too challenging because I love the content - it isn't a chore or difficult because most of the content is so interesting.2nd year, University of Chester
Course content is fantastic and relevant, module options are many! I took modules in history of the papacy and political theology, as well as liturgy and Christian anthropology. I had the option of taking up to 10 optional modules out of over 40 to choose from. The workload is challenging and it increases, but it is enjoyable and engaging. I have had to do essays, presentations and exams, as well as timed essays and lead a tutorial.3rd year, Heythrop College, University of London
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Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
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Useful to have
- English literature
- Religious studies
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A theology degree will help you to develop subject-specific skills including an understanding of religions and the way that they have influenced society in the past and present and a familiarity with current religious and ethical debates. Transferable skills you can develop on a theology degree include excellent communication and negotiating skills, the ability to understand and articulate complex information and good time management. Theology is the original vocational degree and so religious organisations are much the most common employers of graduates, but they also get jobs in a variety of industries including schools, social care, recruitment, banking, the Civil Service, the law, publishing and health.