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Sept 2020

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Richard Playford
Richard Playford

Lecturer - Religious Studies
020 8240 4000 (1045)

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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. 

  • “As a St Mary’s theology student, I have had the chance to learn about deep and complex Christian theology alongside Islam and Atheism. My lecturers and the academic staff are extremely helpful, friendly and approachable.”  Simeon Thorne, second year 2017-18. 
  • “The course offers a module onwork place experience in different careers. I have really enjoyed this aspect, as it has allowed me to get amazing experience - I want to get  on a PGCE course and I need to get as much as experience in schools as possible.” Maria Kimaro, second year 2017-18. 

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Why study Theology, Religion, and Ethics?

Our degree in Theology, Religion, and Ethics combines 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 the 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, Religion, and Ethics with us enables you to engage in open critical inquiry and contemporary intellectual debates in a setting with a vibrant religious identity. 

We focus on cultivating academic excellence and are deeply concerned with ensuring your receive the best student experience.  

The programme includes opportunities to visit religious communities, and 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 special account of the University's Catholic identity and ethos, we welcome students from all faith traditions—and none. 

Our staff includes academics of various backgrounds and convictions, and we offer a supportive and welcoming community in which you can study. All our staff aim to ensure that you are highly attractive to employers after you graduate. 

Key facts

  • 91% teaching satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey (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 life for the 21st Century
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus
Please note: Theology, Religion, and Ethics is subject to revalidation.

Combine Theology, Religion, and Ethics with another degree

Theology, Religion, and Ethics can be combined with any of the following courses to create a joint honours degree programme:

Course content

Each year consists of 120 credits. You are expected to gain a minimum of 80 credits in modules offered by the Theology, Religion and Ethics programme, and can choose from a set of non-programme module options for the remaining 40 credits if you would like to.

Year one

  • Foundations in Biblical Interpretation Core option
  • Key Concepts in World Religions Core option
  • Introduction to an Ancient Language Core option
  • Fundamentals of Systematic Theology Core option
  • The Nature of Religion Core option
  • Introduction to Ethics Core option

Year two

  • God in Christ Core option
  • Religion and Reason Core option
  • Ecclesiology Core option
  • Bioethics Core option
  • Medieval Islamic Thought Core option
  • Theological Anthropology Core option
  • Synoptic Gospels Core option
  • Liturgical Theology Core option
  • Religion in Contemporary Society Core option

Year three

  • Dissertation Core
  • Extended Essay Core
  • Hindu Texts Core option
  • Metaethics Core option
  • Theology and Culture Core option
  • Religion and Politics Core option
  • Sacramental Theology Core option
  • Christian Ethics Core option
  • Christian Spirituality Core option
  • Gospel of John Core option
Please refer to the programme specification document for a 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.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

Theology, Religion, and Ethics can be studied either full-time or part-time.

Our teaching involves lectures from leading experts in the fields of Christian theology, Religion, and Ethics, drawing from St Mary's leading research centres in Religion and 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 and 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, short video assignments, 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.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees 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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