Undergraduate Study

BA Theology and Religion

UCAS code V615
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2020
Contact

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Entry requirements

A levels: AAB
IB: 34/665
BTEC: DDD

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Theology and Religion

Overview

  • Undertake in-depth study of a wide range of Christian and Jewish theological thought and critical questions
  • Study the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament – their contexts, development, meanings and reception – including the option to study biblical texts in the original languages
  • You can also take modules in Arab and Islamic Studies

2nd in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research in Theology and Religion

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on percentage of research categorised as 4* or 3*

Top 50 in world subject rankings for Theology and Religion

 QS World University Rankings 2019

Top 5 in UK subject rankings

The Times and Sunday Time Good University Guide 2019, The Complete University Guide 2020

Opportunities for Study Abroad and Employment Experience in the UK or Abroad

I have thoroughly enjoyed studying at Exeter. One of the best things about Theology and Religion is that all the modules in your second and third year are optional so it is possible to tailor your degree to your own specific interests.

This has been amazing because not only has this meant that I have had an interest in all my modules but it has also allowed me the opportunity to select the modules which favour my strongest forms of assessment.

Along with this flexibility, Theology and Religion has transformed the way that I have learnt to independently research, interpret and construct reasoned arguments. As such, I would definitely encourage anyone looking to study Theology and Religion to choose Exeter. Outside of academic work, I am a member of Exeter University Hockey Club and represent the 1st team in the National Premier League on the weekends and the BUCS South A League on Wednesdays. Having the opportunity to play this standard of hockey, coach other teams and just be part of such a great club has certainly been the highlight of my University Experience.

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BA Theology and Religion

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level AAB n/a
IB 34/665 n/a
BTEC DDD n/a
GCSE C English Language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30
BTEC: DDM

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Course content

The Theology and Religion degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Find out more about study abroad or employment experience under Course variants.

With Study Abroad

With Employment Experience

With Employment Experience Abroad

Course variants

UCAS code: V616

Our four-year ‘with Study Abroad’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year abroad, studying with one of our many partner universities.

Why Study Abroad?

Living and studying in a different country is an exciting experience that broadens your academic and cultural horizons, as well as giving you the opportunity to widen your circle of friends. Students who have studied abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where they stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language – all key qualities that employers are looking for in today’s competitive employment environment.

Where can I Study Abroad?

We have partnership arrangements with many prestigious institutions across the globe. Exactly where you can apply to study will depend on the subjects you are studying at Exeter. For a full list please visit the Study Abroad website.

Does it count towards my degree?

Credit for academic work during your year abroad is arranged by agreement between the University of Exeter and the host institution. These marks are then translated back into your degree at Exeter. If you are Studying Abroad for a semester or full year, your time abroad will count toward your final degree. Please refer to your College Study Abroad co-ordinator for further details.

How does it affect my tuition fee and funding?

For the year that you spend studying abroad you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter, but nothing to your host university – for more information visit our fees pages. If you were previously eligible, you will continue to receive a maintenance loan whilst on your Study Abroad year.

UCAS code: V613

Our four-year ‘with Employment Experience’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements within the UK as part of your degree.

Why choose to include Employment Experience?

Undertaking graduate-level work during your degree unlocks a world of experience that allows you to develop essential employability and interpersonal skills that relate to your degree and future career. A work placement will dramatically boost your confidence, enhance your CV and develop graduate level skills and competencies that employers are looking for.

Where will I do my work placement?

The sector you choose to work within is very much your choice as you will be responsible for finding and organising your placement. We will provide plenty of guidance and support to help you find a placement, including a three-day employability workshop programme that will prepare you to research and apply for placements. Ultimately, the university will give final approval to your placement to make sure you have a valuable experience.

How does it affect my tuition fees and funding?

For your ‘Year In Industry’ you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter – for more information visit our fees pages. If you were previously eligible, you will continue to receive a maintenance loan whilst on your year of work placement/s.

Is the work placement paid?

You will be paid at least the National Minimum Wage and if aged over 25 you would receive the National Living Wage.

UCAS code: V614

Our four-year ‘with Employment Experience Abroad’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year abroad, carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements as part of your degree.

Why choose to include Employment Experience Abroad?

Spending up to a year living and working in a different country is an exciting experience that broadens your academic and cultural horizons, as well as giving you the opportunity to widen your circle of friends. By carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements abroad you can demonstrate to employers your adaptability, cultural awareness, independence and resourcefulness and, depending on where you stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language.

Where will I do my work placement?

The sector and country you choose to work within is very much your choice as you will be responsible for finding and organising your placement. We will provide plenty of guidance and support to help you find a placement, including a three-day employability workshop programme that will prepare you to research and apply for placements. Ultimately, the university will give final approval to your placement to make sure you have a valuable experience.

How does it affect my tuition fee?

For your ‘Year In Industry’ you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter – for more information visit our fees pages. If you were previously eligible, you will continue to receive a maintenance loan whilst on your year of work placement/s.

Is the placement paid?

You will be paid in accordance with the rules of the country you work in and there may be visa restrictions or requirements which you need to consider when applying.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2020 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £18,500 per year

Please note that these figures may be subject to change.

Find out more about tuition fees and funding

Learning and teaching

How will I learn?

The nature of university learning, especially in the humanities, involves a lot of self-directed study and research. As well as traditional lectures, seminars, and small group tutorials, led by internationally respected academics at the forefront of research, you’ll be encouraged to take the initiative by organising study groups, taking advantage of online and traditional learning resources, and managing your own workload and time. Strong emphasis is placed on acquiring a variety of skills that will be attractive to employers in your future working life.

Class sizes and contact time

Class sizes are on average 25-35 students for lectures and 10-15 students for seminar. You’ll have 10 hours of contact time with staff per week in your first year, alongside additional hours of private study you should expect your total workload to average about 40 hours per week during term time.

Modules are specially designed to help you develop a range of intellectual, transferable and personal skills throughout your degree. Our Staff-Student Liaison Committee meets once a term to review existing modules, consider new ones and discuss ways the department can be improved.

Innovative teaching

Our approach to theology and religion is interdisciplinary and relates the broad areas studied to politics, social sciences, the arts, literary studies and more. We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment where the details of all modules are stored in an easily navigable website. Students can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes, and interact through activities such as the discussion forums.

Other opportunities

Each year we arrange various guest lectures and study days led by visiting speakers, including the series of Prideaux Lectures hosted every other year. Past lecturers have included Tom Wright, Sarah Coakley, Nicholas Lash, Robin Gill, James Dunn, John Rogerson and Christopher Rowland.

Research-inspired teaching

We believe that every student benefits from being part of a culture that is inspired by research and where modules are taught by experts. Your lecturers will be contributing to the latest developments in their field and their teaching will be highly relevant to contemporary issues. We have a vigorous research culture spanning a wide range of subject areas with strengths in theology, ethics, social contexts, and public issues.

Academic support

All students have a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. There are also several services on campus where you can get advice and information, including the Students’ Guild Advice Unit.

Assessment

Assessment is based on essays, seminar presentations and exams. In the second and final years, coursework (including assessed seminar presentations and essays) can account for well over half of your assessment depending on which modules you choose. You must pass your first-year modules in order to proceed: this level does not count towards your final degree classification. To be eligible for ‘Study Abroad’ you will need to attain an average of 60% or more in your first year. The assessments in the second year, year abroad (if applicable) and final year will contribute to your final degree classification.

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Your future

Employer-valued skills this course develops

Studying Theology and Religion will provide you with valuable skills and abilities which are attractive to employers and relevant for a wide range of careers, such as:

  • An understanding of other people’s points of view
  • An in-depth knowledge of different cultures
  • The ability to communicate your position clearly
  • Effective debating skills
  • Interpretation and analysis of sources
  • Interpersonal skills
  • The ability to use your initiative and be open-minded

Career support

We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. The Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award schemes encourage you to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market, with many employers targeting the University when recruiting new graduates.

Career paths

Recent graduates from Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter have progressed to careers in a broad range of sectors, including:

  • Radio
  • Education
  • The Police Force
  • Public Policy
  • Law
  • The Charity sectors
  • Heritage Management
  • Religious institutions

Further study

A degree in Theology and Religion will also put you in an excellent position to pursue postgraduate study after you have graduated. Our recent graduates have since enrolled on courses such as:

  • MA Social Work
  • MA Theology
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • MTS (Master of Theology Studies) in Religion, Literature and Culture

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