Theology and Religion careers

Overview

Theology and Religion graduates from the University of Exeter have an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and compete very successfully in the employment market. Six months after graduation 95.7%* of our Theology and Religion graduates are employed or in further study.

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 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

Recent graduates from the 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 sector
  • Heritage Management
  • Religious institutions

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

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

Careerzone

The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone, where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you.

 *First–degree University of Exeter graduates of Theology and Religion. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

Professional Experience

The Theology degree here at the University of Exeter will give you plenty of opportunity to develop your professional portfolio which will give you the skills and experience which you will need to be successful in your chosen career.

Humanities in the Workplace

Completing a work placement is great way to gain a competitive edge in the graduate job market, and will help you to develop an understanding of how the skills gained from a Humanities degree are applicable in the workplace. Our College-wide module, Humanities in the Workplace, is available to all students in the College and offers the chance for students to complete a minimum of 40 hours work experience in a broad range of sectors.

Volunteering

Undertaking voluntary work alongside your studies demonstrates to employers that you are socially aware and proactive and that you have developed key employability skills such as communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills. The University of Exeter works with many organisations to offer students opportunities to undertake voluntary work. Students have previously gained experience with heritage organisations such as the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall and The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM).

Elsewhere, students have been recruited to work as journalists and copywriters on a voluntary basis, for high profile international events such as the G-20 Y Summit and the international development organisation Engineers without Borders, where they were able to gain experience in top-level international settings. Many students also undertake local community work through the Guild’s ESV (Exeter Student Volunteering) programme.

Student Societies

Getting involved in a student society will give you excellent skills for employability, whether it is by attending a debate, careers event or even becoming involved with the organisation of the society itself. The Students Guild will offer you some great opportunities to get involved with various Faith and Worldview societies, as well as many societies dedicated to campaigning and charity work.  You can view a full list of societies at the Student’s Guild here.

Events

Every year the Humanities employability team organise a series of employability and alumni events which are tailored to the career aspirations of our students. Below are some of the events which have been offered previously:

Careers in the Third Sector

This event offered students the opportunity to meet former Exeter students who now have successful careers in local and national charities. One of our speakers was Ruth Owens (BA Drama 2009), who is now a Gateway Beacon Project Manager at Mencap, a leading UK Charity for people with learning disabilities.

Where your Theology and Religion Degree could take you…

This event aimed to showcase to students the broad range of careers on offer to them as a Theology and Religion graduate. Alumni were invited back to campus to speak to students and offer their advice for following in their footsteps. Our panellists were Claudia Dickens (BA Theology and Philosophy 2012), a Programme Officer at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Tania West (MA Theology 1997), Director of Kairos Leadership Development, and Stuart Cakebread (BA Theology 1976) a Barrister in the Selborne Chambers, London.

Working in Film and TV

These events aimed to offer students an insight into what it takes to be successful in this competitive industry. Former student Andrew Bullock (BA English with Study in North America 2006), a TV producer and presenter, attended to talk to students. Other speakers have included Adam Singodia, a freelance Director of Photography and James Panting, a freelance Assistant Editor (both BA Fim Studies: Cinema and Practice 2010).

Our students and graduates

Now that I have graduated I am pursuing a career in the legal sector and very much look forward to studying the Graduate Diploma in Law during the upcoming academic year. I would like to build a successful career in a position where I can grow personally but also make a positive impact on the place in which I work and on the lives of other people. The prospect of having a career with the opportunity to benefit others whilst also being able to develop my own skills and take on new challenges is very exciting for me.

Katie Osborne, BA Theology (2015)