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History and Theology, Religion and Ethics

Study History and Theology, Religion and Ethics as part of a small, student focused department, at a University with the most satisfied students in London.

Why study History and Theology, Religion and Ethics?

History and Theology, Religion and Ethics complement each other well. It is impossible to understand the past without understanding religion, while an understanding of history adds fresh context and significance to religious practice, belief and doctrine.

A degree in History and Theology, Religion and Ethics will also provide you with invaluable perspectives on issues in the modern, global age. You will consider how societies change, how people in the past lived, how seminal religious thinkers have understood our place in the world, and the role of religion and history in contemporary debates in scientific, cultural and political life.

As a student in History and Theology, Religion and Ethics you will also develop valuable skills in research, in the analysis and presentation of evidence and in the evaluation of arguments that will be attractive to employers in a wide range of professional fields. 

Why St Mary’s?

As a History and Theology, Religion and Ethics student at St Mary’s you will be part of a friendly and supportive community, and you will work closely with the leading academics that teach here. We feel that this allows us to offer a really high quality student experience, and students at St Mary’s are the most satisfied with their course of any University in London.

As part of the Department of the Humanities, you will benefit from the vibrant community of students and staff. All of our lecturers are experts in their field, and students can also benefit from the range of talks and events held at the Twickenham Exchange arts centre. 

Career opportunities

A diverse range of career opportunities exist for History and Theology, Religion and Ethics graduates. The employment skills that you will have acquired should allow you to develop a career in: the media, communications, market research, the heritage sector and public services. 

These skills will also allow you move into graduate and specialist management positions and provide you with essential skills and knowledge needed if you wish to set up your own business.

The degree also provides a sound basis from which to undertake further postgraduate and specialist training.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to History and Theology, Religion and Ethics students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

You can also undertake a work placement as part of your degree. 


Key facts

  • St Mary’s students have the highest levels of satisfaction with their courses of any University in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • Choose your own pathway through the degree, tailoring it to your interests
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus, just a half hour train journey from Central London
  • Study overseas at one of our partner institutions in the US or Europe
Teaching methods

The course is predominantly taught through seminars and workshops, where you will work collaboratively with other students.

The programme includes a number of screenings and field trips to relevant historical sites in London and nearby. The cost of entry and reimbursement for travel is included in the tuition fees.

Some teaching is also done through lectures and tutorials. Tutorials are a great opportunity for you to discuss your work with us in detail.

Assessment methods

Most of our assessment is by coursework, with a small number of revealed exams.

Our assessment models are different for each module, allowing you to develop a range of demonstrable skills during your degree programme.

Many modules are assessed through essays, but you will also write critical commentaries about primary sources, or review books and articles. In some modules, you may give presentations, or participate in mini-conferences or where you will present your work to your peers in a supportive and encouraging environment.

You will receive written feedback on all assignments and are encouraged to meet regularly with tutors to discuss your work individually.