Why study at Roehampton
- 99% of students are satisfied with the course (The Guardian League Table 2014).
- Particularly suited for those interested in a degree covering the four main religious traditions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism) and theological arguments for the existence and nature of God.
- A targeted curriculum for those who wish to teach Religious studies at both GCSE and A Level.
- Best new university in London for research (Times Higher Education 2014 REF Results).
Theology and Religious Studies, is one of most fascinating and interdisciplinary degree courses available. At Roehampton, we reach out from the study of sacred texts to the study of history, philosophy, ethics, culture, art and language, including a study of London and its many religious communities.
You will tackle issues such as poverty and inequality, social justice, racism, violence, anti-Semitism, feminism and post-colonialism, while exploring questions about the very meaning of existence. This distinctive course offers the opportunity to study human thought and culture across such a range of traditions – Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
You will join a diverse community of students from across the religious and philosophical spectrum, from those who seek deeper understanding of their own faith traditions, to those who, though not religious themselves, recognise the importance of studying religions in order to critically think about the world we live in.
You are introduced to the multi-faceted nature of theological and religious studies and to the main themes of the Bible through modules such as:
- Introduction to the Study of Religion
- Introduction to the Study of Christian Theology
- Introduction to the Bible
- Religion in Context (focus on a world religion such as Judaism, Islam etc).
You also have the opportunity to study the languages in which sacred texts were written or into which they were translated: Hebrew, Greek and Latin.
This year covers the intermediate study of theology and religion. Theology modules explore central themes in Christian theology, the Historical Jesus, the reception of the Bible in both the past and the present, and the nature of religious knowledge. In Religious Studies, you are able to continue your study of the major world religions, building on what you have learned in your first year. You will also be able to study, for example, the impact of philosophy on religion (and vice-versa), and the impact of religion on culture and society.
You are able to select from a range of options. In Theology you could study:
- Reformation Thought in Theological Perspective
- Issues in Contemporary Catholicism
- Theologies of the Nonwestern World.
In Religious Studies you could study:
- Advanced Concepts in the Philosophy of Religion
- Islam and Women
- The Impact of Myth on Religion.
You have the opportunity to pursue these interests in depth through dissertations and special studies. Field trips to places of religious significance (eg Lourdes in France) and work placements are also available as study modules.
Students typically attend 12–15 hours of lectures/seminars a week. They supplement this with study and reading during the week.
- The Historical Jesus
- Religious Myth and Mythology
- Immortality of the Soul and Resurrection of the Body
This course provides the analytical skills and knowledge base to pursue a career in a range of areas, including teaching, church work, civil service, human rights and management.