A course that trains you for a digital, global age in which theological insight and religious literacy matter more than ever.
Why study Theology and Religious Studies?
Our degree in Theology and Religious Studies marries contemporary debates with ancient disciplines.
Along with our experts, you will read seminal writers and thinkers of centuries-old traditions, pick up critical views of contemporary world issues, and examine the cultural appropriation of religious ideas and imagery.
You may wish to study modules about science and religious ethics, politics and the Bible, or look closely at developments in theory and theological doctrine.
This degree allows you explore some of the most recent and most long-standing examples of the perennial human search for meaning, and apply them to the realities of contemporary society.
Why St Mary's?
Studying Theology and Religious Studies with us enables you to engage in open critical inquiry and contemporary intellectual debates in a setting with a vibrant religious identity.
The programme also includes opportunities to visit world sites such as Jerusalem and Rome. Wherever possible, we also make use of the galleries and museums of London, situating your degree within the wider cultural economy of the UK.
While the degree takes account of the University's Roman Catholic identity, we welcome students from all faith traditions—and none. We focus on cultivating academic excellence and are deeply concerned with ensuring your receive the best student experience.
Our staff includes academics of various backgrounds and convictions, and we offer a supportive and welcoming community in which you can study. Everyone's aim is to ensure that you are highly attractive to employers after you graduate.
Our teaching involves lectures from leading experts in the fields of Christian theology, Biblical Studies, and World Religions, drawing from St Mary's leading research centres in theology.
We make full use of class seminars, which encourage group work, offer a wide variety of active and interactive tasks, and provide plenty of scope for discussion. We also engage in innovative teaching methods - multimedia delivery of content, creative use of online learning environments, and the active acquisition of digital research skills - which supplement more traditional methods, ensuring the best and most engaging guidance and instruction for you.
We seek to furnish your excellence, experience, and employability through a broad range of assessment methods. This includes written essays and traditional exams, but also oral presentations, reports or reviews of specific texts, visual portfolios of visits to centres of religious significance, interpretive exercises on ancient materials, and a dissertation assessment for final-year students assessing independent thinking and research skills.
This range of assessment methods ensures you attain a variety of skills that make the most of your acquired knowledge.
- 93% overall satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS). Theology and Religious Studies also scored 95% for both teaching satisfaction and learning opportunities in the 2017 NSS.
- 85.7% of Theology and Religious Studies students are in professional employment, further study or both six months after graduation (HESA, DLHE 2015/16)
- The degree combines open inquiry into cutting-edge contemporary debates against the background of a living religious tradition
- You will receive teaching and tuition from top-level academic experts drawn from the St Mary's theological research centres
- Opportunities to visit international sites of religious significance, such as Jerusalem or Rome
- Innovative teaching methods and course design brings religion to 21st Century life
- Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus