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Religious Studies

The degree scheme offers students a grounding in the beliefs and practices of a wide range of world faiths.

The course will help students understand the role of religion in the world and study the origins and development of religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism.

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UCAS Code & Joint Honours Options

BA Religious Studies
UCAS Code: RV60
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BA Astudiaethau Crefyddol
UCAS Code: L351
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BA Chinese Studies & Religious Studies
UCAS Code: TV16
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BA Religious Studies & Islamic Studies
UCAS Code: LQ63
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BA Anthropology & Religious Studies
UCAS Code: RSA1
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BA Heritage & Religious Studies
UCAS Code: RHG1
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BA Religious Studies & Philosophy 
UCAS Code: VV6M
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BA Religious Studies & Theology
UCAS Code: TRS1
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BA Religious Studies with Applied Psychology
UCAS Code: 7C29
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BA Religious Studies with Foundation Year
UCAS Code: RSF1
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BA Religious, Ethics & Applied Psychology
UCAS Code: 7C29
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BA Religion, Philosophy & Ethics
UCAS Code: D2N4
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BA Religious Studies & Theology
UCAS Code: TRS1
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BA Religion Studies with Education Studies
UCAS Code: VL64
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BA Religion, Theology & Philosophy
UCAS Code: K219
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Course Length:
3 years
part-time study available

Why choose this course?

  • Wide range of modules on relevant topics such the nature of religion, the Abrahamic traditions, or religious conceptions of sex and gender.
  • Modules based on lecturers' distinctive research expertise in religious experience or new religious movements.
  • Innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials.
  • Space for independent thinking and opportunities to pursue your own interests.
  • Chance to combine your studies with modules from other humanities subjects.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This BA programme enables students to become familiar with the specifics of religious traditions and to make comparisons between the beliefs and practices of different religions, particularly in the context of a world coming to terms with its cultural and religious diversity.

Our BA degree in Religious Studies is intended to stimulate curiosity about, and fascination for, the variety of religious cultures across the globe and to open up a greater awareness of plurality within religious traditions and within societies at large. This gives students a real insight into the human condition and the multiplicity of religious beliefs and practices in the world.

Modules

The Religious Studies degree focuses primarily on religion in the contemporary world, with acknowledgement of the significance of religion in shaping history. The programme looks at specific religions, highlighting various themes in which religion has an influence or a role. World faiths are explored in the form of Abrahamic religions and Asian traditions as well as Indigenous religions, with specific focus on South America, as well as the new religious movements and alternative spiritualities that became significant in the West from the mid-20th century onwards.

The programme is made up of the following combinations of core, compulsory and optional modules. These might alter a little from year to year owing to staff changes, curriculum development and recommendations following validation. However, at level 4 there are 5 compulsory modules, including a cross-Faculty study skills modules completed by all students, and 1 optional modules. At level 5 there are 5 compulsory modules, including School-specific research methods modules completed by all students, and 1 optional modules. At level 6 all students complete a Dissertation of either 20 or 40 credits in addition to 3 compulsory modules and 2 optional ones.

Assessment

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

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Entry Criteria

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career Opportunities

A BA in Religious Studies is a highly desirable qualification in terms of engaging in a multi-cultural, multi-faith society. It is a sought after degree by employers who want staff to engage with a diverse cultural environment. Consequently, many of our students find employment and build careers in social services, counselling, nursing, policing, fire and rescue services. A number of students move onto a PGCE in primary or secondary Religious Education. Other students seek to add to their BA by pursuing postgraduate studies that involve an aspect of religion from the world’s great traditions.

Trinity Saint David is widely recognized for mobilizing its students for the world of work. An active programme of employment-related activities is offered by Student Services; the School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies regularly builds bridges for its students to employment-related activities endorsed by the University.

Each year Trinity Saint David is at or near the top of universities in Great Britain with the highest percentage of graduated students in work or seeking higher qualification.

Additional Costs

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:
Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

  • Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
  • Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
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