Religious Studies

Subject Overview

What does studying religion involve?

Religion is central to world history, society and human life. It is a major force in making the world we live in what it is. The study of theology and religion enables students to explore a wide variety of disciplines to understand the history, practice and thought of the major world religions. There are opportunities to explore religious ideas through the study of Philosophy, Sociology, History, Languages, Anthropology (the study of humans), Art, Literature and Politics.

Theology and religion today

The study of theology and religion is particularly pertinent in a world where religious beliefs are increasingly impacting on social and political events. An understanding of the importance of these beliefs, their broader contexts and their impact on thought and culture is crucial to understanding the world around us. Theology and Religious Studies is a fascinating, diverse subject that can help us to understand and interpret the role of religion and religious beliefs in the past, present and future.

Thinking about studying Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion at university?

Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion is a critical, thought provoking academic degree that will challenge you to respond to key religious questions that have concerned historic and contemporary societies across the globe.
You don’t have to be religious to study the subject; students come from all faiths and none. Nor do you need to have studied Religious Studies at A-level. This course might interest those who have previously studied Philosophy and Ethics, History, English Literature, Modern Languages, Sociology or Classical Civilisation.

Some graduates are employed by non-governmental organisations, in education, religion or government and use their knowledge to directly inform their work. However, many others use the transferable skills of time management, accessing and analysing vast amounts of information, and expressing themselves clearly and concisely to go on to a wide range of careers, for example in banking, business, charities, law, and the media.

  • The Rights of Religious Minorities and Constitutions

    The core challenge for a secular country is to address the concerns of preserving and protecting community identity while at the same time making sure that the rights of individuals are not curtailed. Societies with a wide range of ethnic and religious minorities often face this challenge. It is important to secure their rights as a group. However, individual citizens in these communities also need to be awarded rights similar to those of their counterparts in majority communities.

  • The Historical Figure of Jesus of Nazareth

    In this topic, we will look at the area of theology known as Historical Jesus research. This is the attempt to study Jesus of Nazareth as an historical figure in order to reconstruct his life and his teachings.

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls

    Since their discovery in 1947 beside the Dead Sea (Yam Ha-Melach, the ‘Sea of Salt’ in Hebrew) in Israel, the Dead Sea Scrolls have changed much about what we know about how the Bible was created. The Scrolls and the nearby archaeological site Qumran (Khirbet Qumran) raise important debates about ancient Judaism and early Christianity.

  • Political Religion and Conservative Christianity in the USA

    Politics and religion have long been linked; from 380AD when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, to the founding of the

  • Perfect Being Theology

    In this topic, we will look at the method for philosophizing about the nature of God usually called “perfect being theology”.