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  • Our BA in Theology and Religious Studies focuses on four areas of study essential to a degree of this kind: religion, ethics, philosophy and theology/biblical studies. 
  • We offer a targeted curriculum for those wanting to teach religious studies at GCSE and A Level. 
  • Roehampton is ranked third in London for theology and religious studies (Complete University Guide 2019).

Summary

Our BA Theology and Religious Studies degree offers you the opportunity to explore traditions with deep historical roots that continue to shape politics, society and culture today 

You will concentrate on four fundamental areas: religion, ethics, philosophy and theology/biblical studies. By doing so, you will develop the analytical skills to be able to understand the impact of religion and theology in both the contemporary, and the ancient and classical, world. 

The course tackles a wide variety of issues such as poverty and inequality, social justice, racism, violence, anti-Semitism, feminism and post-colonialism in the context of religion and theology. 

You will learn to think about the origins of religion in its various forms of expression, especially Christianity and Islam.  

You will also explore ethical and theological perspectives on human life, such as embodiment and gender; reason, faith, and revelation; relationships of love and friendship; human beings and the natural environment; death and dying; sin and forgiveness; virtue and character; and human rights. 

The degree includes the opportunity to undertake a work placement, to help you build skills relevant to the workplace and today’s jobs market. 

 

How you will learn 

You will explore the biblical and historical origins of Christianity, centred as it is on the historical figure of Jesus of Nazareth. As such, you will come to understand Christianity as an enduring historical phenomenon in terms of its development out of Judaism from the first century onwards. 

You will have the opportunity to study the sacred texts from Islam and Indian religion in the context of history and the contemporary world, especially issues of gender, western culture and methodology.  

You will analyse the cultural, historical and theological issues which inform the discourse on Islam, developments in Islamic countries, and Islam in Europe. Special emphasis will be given to the Muslim 'insider' perspective on issues and how this perspective compares with that of 'outsider' (especially Western) perceptions. 

The study of philosophy in religion covers both the western tradition and its even more ancient form in the Indian philosophical tradition.  

The problem of evil is studied from the perspective of Jewish thought and reflection on the holocaust.

Year one 

  • Study the core areas of religion, ethics, philosophy and theology/biblical studies.  
  • 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 sacred myth and history in the context of the study of the Christian Bible.  
  • Ponder the essential questions of Christian theology and study ethics and personhood in the context of theology and religion. 

 

Year two 

  • Continue to study the four fundamental areas.  
  • Explore the historical figure of Jesus of Nazareth in the context of first-century ancient culture.  
  • Study the western tradition of the philosophy of religion.  
  • In the context of Indian religion, study the thought of Siddhartha Gautama (better known as the Buddha, meaning 'the enlightened one').  
  • Choose to explore the relationship between Islam and western society and culture historically and in the contemporary world. 

 

Year three 

  • Engage in extended study of a topic of your choice – within religion, ethics, philosophy or theology/biblical studies – under the supervision of an expert in the field.  
  • Optional modules allow you to explore the impact of human rights on religious thought and action, the impact of myth and monotheism on the Gospel of John in the New Testament, the impact of gender on Islam, the problem of evil in Jewish thought, and Indian religion and epic.

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. 

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.

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