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Religion and Theology

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description

Religion and Theology

In our rich and rewarding BA Religion and Theology degree, you will explore the histories, cultures and beliefs of both major and less well-known religious traditions, taking your pick from a variety of approaches and research specialisms that extend beyond Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

You tailor your own program from a wide range of modules. You can combine thematic, social scientific, linguistic and historical approaches, addressing both the history and basic beliefs of religious traditions and their role in public life, from religion in the media to mythology in modern cinema. Examining religious history and culture across a broad spectrum, you will also consider the political and social dimensions of religion, from gender and sexuality to warfare and social ethics.

Bringing a wealth of expertise across theme and religious tradition, our academics share latest thinking in the classroom, including their own cutting-edge research.

Our supportive community enables you to flourish. We collaborate on first-name terms, and small group teaching means every student can participate in discussions, something consistently praised in National Student Survey feedback.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

BBB-BBC Please note General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

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Tuition fees

  • Tuition fees for UK and EU students: £9,000
  • Tuition fees for Students from outside the EU: £17,700

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

On completion of this program you will have the ability to:

  • describe key texts and historical and contemporary developments from a range of religious traditions.
  • discuss key themes and issues relevant to the subject area.
  • explain technical issues and terminology relevant to religions and the study of religion.
  • use a variety of approaches to the study of religion and theology (incorporating historical, exegetical, philological, sociological and anthropological methods).
  • apply varied approaches to the development of answers to questions about the nature and development of religious thought and practice.
  • organise and examine a range of evidence sources (text, film, ethnography, survey data, material and visual culture) in relation to specific assessment tasks.
  • evaluate the nature of religion as a category of human behaviour.
  • analyse processes of change and their causal factors in relation to religion and theology in human society.
  • critique received understandings of the place of religions in societies.
  • judge the ethical impact of religious dialogues in historic and contemporary societies (e.g. the role of religious concepts in legitimating or questioning political authority and social hierarchy).
  • plan a research process in order to answer a question in an evidence-based fashion.
  • reframe the study of the ancient in the light of the modern and the modern in the light of the ancient (in selected modules).
  • formulate hypotheses and subordinate hypothesis in a logical fashion with evidence.
  • effectively communicate information and ideas, both orally and in writing
  • prepare and give an oral presentation and provide clear and accurate supporting materials in an appropriate format.
  • take responsibility for structuring, managing and reporting, orally and/or in writing, a small research project.
  • contribute constructively and reliably to a group task.
  • effectively manage time and conduct self-directed study in the context of a structured timetable, prescribed learning activities and task deadlines.
  • reflect on your own learning, identify gaps in your knowledge and plan strategies for closing those gaps.

Career opportunities

Our graduates progress into a wide range of careers using the skills gained throughout their degrees. Some choose to pursue professions making direct use of their discipline expertise, whilst others enter the public or private sectors, from teaching to graduate-track management.

Taking the Class of 2017 as our most recent example, graduates from the School have gone on to roles in teaching, the civil service, the military, banking and insurance, and the charity sector, with employers ranging from the National Museum Wales and Oxford Archaeology East, to County Council authorities and Schools.

Graduate careers

  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Theologian
  • Lecturer
  • Historian
  • Priest

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