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A course that trains you for a digital, global age in which theological insight and religious literacy matter more than ever.

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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. 

Teaching methods

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.

Assessment methods

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.

Key facts

  • 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
Please note: this programme is subject to revalidation.

Joint honours

Theology and Religious Studies can be combined with any of the following courses to create a joint honours degree programme:

Course content

Year one

  • Foundations in Biblical Interpretation 
  • Foundations in Christian Theology 
  • Foundations in Religious Studies 
  • Introduction To New Testament Greek 
  • Key Modern Theologians 
  • Religion, Community and Culture 

Year two

  • Bioethics 
  • Christology 
  • Eastern Christianity 
  • Ecclesiology 
  • Grace, Sin and Salvation 
  • Hermeneutics and the Old Testament 
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Year three

  • Apocalyptic 
  • Bioethics 
  • Christian Living in Contemporary Culture 
  • Gospel of John 
  • Prophets 
  • Religious Perspectives on Conflict 
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Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the programme specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

An awareness of theological issues and religious literacy presents numerous possible career paths, including journalism and media, teaching, the health and caring professions, various business organisations, human resources, development work, pastoral ministry, local government and civil service.

The programme affords many opportunities to acquire key transferable skills: strategic knowledge acquisition; research skills; analysis and evaluation of material; the preparation of written and oral reports, IT skills, time management; interpersonal skills such as negotiation, diplomacy, flexibility, adaptability, teamwork and delegation.

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

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.


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Fees and funding

Home/EU: £9,250
International: £11,220

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year.

For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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