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Sociology and Theology and Religious Studies BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    This fascinating and varied Joint Honours degree will give you an insight into how societies are structured and organised, as well as the ways in which religious traditions shape and are shaped by the world we live in.

    You’ll explore key concepts and approaches in both subjects through core modules on topics such as Sociology of Modern Societies and Religion in Modern Britain. Then you’ll build on this foundation when you choose from a wide range of optional modules.

    All the world’s major religions are represented on this degree alongside health and society, global terrorism, ethics, beliefs about humanity and sin, ethnicity, science and religion and the sociology of religion itself. You can even undertake fieldwork in this vibrant, religiously diverse city.

    Spanning the arts, humanities and social sciences, this degree gives you a fascinating insight into the relationship between individuals, societies, institutions and faith while equipping you with an impressively broad set of skills.

    Leeds has great facilities for students of sociology, theology and religious studies. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections – valuable assets for your independent research. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

  • Course content

    A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    In your first year you’ll study core modules that introduce you to the key concepts and approaches in each subject, applying sociological principles to contemporary society and exploring the role and position of religion in modern Britain. You’ll also choose from optional modules in each subject, focusing on major world religions and texts, philosophy of religion or important issues in today’s society.

    This will help you to build a firm knowledge base for the following year, when you’ll take core modules looking at the challenges facing sociologists and placing religion in its social, cultural and political context. You’ll also select optional modules in each subject such as disability studies, the sociology of culture, the New Testament or religion, gender and society.

    By your final year you’ll benefit from greater choice in your optional modules, covering topics from consumerism and protest movements to sin and the relationship between religion and development. You’ll also showcase the skills in research and analysis that you’ve developed when you undertake an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules and the full course structure.

    Compulsory modules

    • Introduction to Academic Skills 5 credits
    • Sociology of Modern Societies 20 credits
    • Formations of Modernity 20 credits
    • Introduction to the Study of Religion/s 10 credits
    • Introducing Theology 10 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Visions of Humanity: Philosophical, Religious and Scientific Perspectives 20 credits
    • Introduction to Race and Ethnicity 20 credits
    • Identities, Inequalities and Policy in Contemporary Society 20 credits
    • Social Policy: Poor Laws to the Present 20 credits
    • Introduction to the Bible 10 credits
    • Religion, Politics and Society in the Modern World 10 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Central Problems in Sociology 20 credits
    • Studying Religion in Context 20 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Sociology of Religion I 20 credits
    • Religion, Gender and Society 20 credits
    • Disability Studies: An Introduction 20 credits
    • Sociology of Health and Illness 20 credits
    • Racism, Ethnicity, Migration and Decolonial Studies 20 credits
    • Urban Disorders, Social Divisions and Social Control 20 credits
    • Reading New Testament Texts 20 credits
    • Human Rights and Religion 20 credits
    • Health and Society 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Final Year Project

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Religions and Global Development 20 credits
    • Education, Culture and Society 20 credits
    • Sociology of Consumerism 20 credits
    • Muslims in Britain: Transnational Communities and Multicultural Politics 20 credits
    • Sin 20 credits
    • Pentacostalism as a Public Religion in Africa 20 credits
    • State Crime and Immorality 20 credits
    • Gender, Techologies and the Body 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Sociology and Theology and Religious Studies BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science and the School of Sociology and Social Policy are both home to tutors who are experts in their fields.

    To help you make the most of their knowledge and experience, we use a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and occasionally workshops. However, we emphasise independent study as an integral element of the degree, since it gives you the best opportunity to develop your skills in research and analysis.


    Exams and essays are among the types of assessment we normally use, but some modules may also incorporate group work or oral presentations as assessed components. We offer plenty of support throughout your time at Leeds to help you handle assessments, such as extra classes on public speaking and exam technique.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB

    GCSE: grade 4/C in Mathematics.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Grade 4/C in Mathematics at GCSE is required. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.

    • BTEC

      BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      M1, M1, M1.

    • International Baccalaureate

      34 points overall including 16 at Higher Level and 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or B in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, or AABBBB in Highers

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 77%

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Successful applicants who are confirmed as eligible for the Access to Leeds scheme will receive our standard offer and an alternative Access to Leeds Scheme offer. In this case, the alternative offer would be BBC at A-level and GCSE Mathematics at grade C.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £17,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    Cutting across arts, humanities and social sciences, a Joint Honours degree in Sociology and Theology and Religious Studies will equip you with an impressive range of subject knowledge and transferable skills.

    You’ll have the organisational skills you need to manage two different subjects, and you’ll also be comfortable working independently or in a team. You’ll be a confident researcher who can analyse information from a range of sources and draw your own conclusions. In addition, you’ll be able to present and defend your views both verbally and in writing thanks to your advanced communication skills.

    All of these qualities are attractive to employers across different sectors, and graduates have been successful in diverse careers that reflect the variety of the degree. These include social and charity work, education, journalism, the creative industries, law, the civil service and marketing. Many also progress to postgraduate study.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It’s a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will really enhance your CV. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.

    The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. You could be taught in English, German or Czech – language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.

    Read more about study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.