Religion, Theology and Culture

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  • Take the opportunity to study religion within the disciplines of both religious studies and theology, analysingits broader embeddedness, relevance and transformations within culture and society.  
  • We offer in-depth study of multiple global religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as topics in other religious traditions such as Sikhism and Taoism.
  • The degree structure contains pathways of study so you can tailor your focus to one or more religions, approaches and topics. 
  • Roehampton is ranked in the top 30 universities in the country in Religion and Theology (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • Roehampton is in the top five universities in London for graduate earnings in Religious Studies (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2019 results, earnings three years after graduation).
  • Roehampton is number one in London for Religion and Theology (The Times Good University Guide 2020)

Summary

What, if anything, is the meaning of life? What is ‘the good life’? How do we understand and value the planet? How are we to assess philosophical arguments for the existence of God? What is the role of desire in all this? Our BA Religion, Theology and Culture allows you to explore the big questions in life, covering truth, morality, God, love and death through different systems of thought. 

At Roehampton, you will engage with a diverse community of students who come from a diverse range of cultural and religious backgrounds, allowing you to have rich and informative discussions. We will help you to develop religious literacy and an informed understanding of how religion affects society, and vice versa, which are much valued skills in the workplace. You will graduate with an in-depth knowledge of a diverse range of religious traditions, have gained analytical skills to understand and scrutinize evidence and arguments carefully, and be able to reflect on how theologians and philosophers have tackled the big questions concerning the origin, meaning and goal of life.

Religious studies is a highly interdisciplinary area of study, and you will have opportunities to analyse religion from approaches including philosophy, history, politics, sociology, psychology, and art. On this programme, you will engage closely with primary sources including religious texts, film, media and literature, working alongside scholars who are engaged with religious and social practices, committed to the public role of faith, and active in social justice and change projects, as well as inter-religious dialogue. There will be plenty of chances to hone your communication and problem-solving skills, and to learn how to work collaboratively.

At Roehampton, we try to provide you with an interactive learning experience and you will be taught in a variety of ways, including lectures, student-led seminars and one-to-one tutorials, and you will be assessed through coursework. You will be able to go on trips to religious and cultural sites in London such as places of worship, galleries and museums, join workshops and have opportunities to do work placements or even study abroad.

Teaching is research-led by a range of lecturers who are experts in their fields and have subject specialisms as well as active experience in social change projects at local, national and international levels. We offer a close-knit community with lecturers that provide high levels of support, both in person and on-line.

Year one 

  • Begin exploring key methodological issues and approaches involved in the study of religion.  
  • Reflect on the beliefs and practices of actual religion as it is lived in the contemporary world.  
  • Encounter the Hebrew People and their god as the foundation for understanding the Abrahamic faith common to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  
  • Examine the implications of Eastern and Western philosophies in a Global context.
  • Ponder the perennial questions raised by Christian theologians.
  • Study the ethics of what it means to be a person from the perspective of religion. 

 

Year two 

  • Reflect on the impact politics and power have on institutional religion.
  • Study how cultural change has an impact on religion, be it climate change, issues of gender, or human rights.
  • Explore the nature of Jewish religious thought and culture.
  • Reflect on the relationship between Islam and western society and culture, historically and in the contemporary world. 
  • Explore the historical figure of Jesus of Nazareth in the context of first-century ancient culture. 

 

Year three 

  • Engage in extended study of a topic of your choice – within religion, theology, and culture – under the supervision of an expert in the field.  

With this degree, you will be well placed to secure work in many fields, including marketing, teaching, law, management, the charity sector, church work, the Civil Service, human rights, the armed services and the police. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers. 

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Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.