BA Theology and Religion
|Typical offer||AAB-BBB; IB: 34-30|
|Discipline||Theology and Religion|
The BA in Theology and Religion gives you an excellent grounding in all the subjects essential to a good understanding of the discipline, from biblical studies and church history to modern theology, philosophy and ethics, and gives you increasing flexibility and choice as you progress. The programme enables you to explore the contexts, development and meanings of the texts of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament (with the option of studying the texts in the original languages). You’ll also study the whole history of Christian theological thought, including aspects of Christianity’s relationship to other religions; the critical questions – philosophical, political, ethical and historical – raised in the modern and post-modern world about religion in general and the Christian religion specifically; and the critical questions raised by the Christian religion about the world.
You’ll be able to customise your degree by choosing from a long list of modules covering issues as diverse as sexuality, criminal justice, feminism, the environment, science, anthropology, evolution, art, the body, the soul, heaven and hell, heresy, morality and ethics, martyrs and pilgrimage, life after death and the study of religions.
Opportunities are available to add value to your studies by undertaking field trips, a work placement, or studying abroad. You can also take modules in Biblical Hebrew or New Testament Greek, or take credits in the departments of Arab and Islamic Studies, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, Politics, History or Classics, many of which offer modules directly related to theology, world religions, ethics and philosophy.
The programme itself is fantastic because there is so much variety in what you learn. The core modules in the first year give you the basics you need to go on to study the more unusual options that the department offers, such as Theology and Art, Theology and Criminal Justice.
Jo Nussbaum, BA Theology.
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.
Full module descriptions
For full module descriptions please visit the Theology and Religion website.
Entry requirements 2017
AAB-BBB; IB: 34-30
Additional selection criteria
We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.
We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants and may not be able to make offers to all those applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve grades in line with the typical offer shown above.
In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.
*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
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.
Class sizes and contact time
Your class sizes will be on average 25-35 students for lectures and 10-15 students for seminars, and you’ll have 10 hours of contact time with staff per week in your first year. You’ll also need to allow for additional hours of private study and should expect your total workload to average about 40 hours per week during term time.
Strong emphasis is placed on acquiring a variety of skills that will be attractive to employers in your future working life. Modules are specially designed to help you develop a range of intellectual, transferable and personal skills throughout your degree programme. Our Staff-Student Liaison Committee meets once a term to review existing modules, consider new ones and discuss ways the department can be improved.
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.
In your final year you’ll write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, so you can examine a question of interest to you in detail, and apply the skills you have acquired during your degree.
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.
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 particular strengths in theology, ethics, social contexts and public issues.
All students have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your time here. There are various other services on campus providing advice, information and support, including the Students’ Guild Advice Unit. You can find further information about all the services in the University’s undergraduate prospectus or online at www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate
Assessment is based on essays, seminar presentations and exams. In the second and third year, coursework (including assessed seminar presentations and essays) can account for well over half of your assessment depending on which modules you choose.
Your first year doesn’t count towards your final degree classification, but you do have to pass it in order to progress. If you study a three-year programme, assessments in the final two years both count towards your classification, and if you study a four-year programme then the final three years all contribute.
For full details of the assessment criteria for each module, check the Theology and Religion undergraduate modules section.
Studying at Exeter offers you the exciting possibility of spending up to one year abroad studying at a partner institution. Last year almost 500 Exeter students studied at one of our partner universities, which are in more than 40 countries around the world. Studying abroad can help you learn a new language and experience different cultures, become more self-confident and widen your circle of friends. You could get the chance to specialise in areas not available at Exeter, and when it comes to a career, your skills and knowledge of another country will prove invaluable to many employers. This of course applies equally to overseas students coming to study abroad at Exeter.
You can apply directly for our four-year programmes or else transfer from another programme once you’re here. Full details of these schemes and our partner institutions can be found on the College of Humanities Study Abroad pages.
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:
- The Police Force
- Public Policy
- 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
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.