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Theology and Religious Studies BA (Full time / Part time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    Understanding religion is vital to understand the world we live in. This degree allows you to explore a variety of approaches to religious traditions throughout time and across cultures – as well as their effects on public life.

    Core modules will introduce you to the key themes and approaches in theology and the study of religion, as well as the importance of putting both into context. But this degree offers an impressive range of choice. You’ll choose from a wide variety of optional modules allowing you to study specific traditions from Christianity to South Asian religions, think about religion in modern Britain or Africa, philosophy of religion, sin, ethics or even sex and gender in a religious context.

    Cutting across philosophy, social sciences, history, literature and languages among others, this interdisciplinary and challenging degree will offer you a fascinating insight into some of the most influential forces shaping, and being shaped by, our world.

    Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy, ethics 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

    Core modules in your first year will introduce you to the history, methods, concepts and questions posed by theology and religious studies. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules, maintaining a balance between individual religious traditions, such as Islam or Judaism, and specific regions or themes from modern Africa to philosophy of religion.

    This foundation will enable you to make the most of the choice on offer over the next two years, as you select from a range of optional modules to shape a degree that suits you. A compulsory module in your second year will allow you to place religious studies in contemporary contexts, but otherwise you’ll be free to focus on topics from Buddhism and Hindu traditions to theological ethics, science and religion, sin and the sociology of religion.

    Throughout your degree, you’ll develop your critical and research skills, as well as your cultural and social awareness. You’ll be able to demonstrate these in your third and final year when you choose a topic for an independently researched dissertation.

    You can also take part in fieldwork, allowing you to conduct original research in local religious communities, or even go into a local school and apply your knowledge and skills to the classroom.

    Course structure

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

    Year 1

    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
    • 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.

    • Magic, Science and Religion 10 credits
    • Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion 10 credits
    • Introduction to the Study of Islam 10 credits
    • Studying Christianity 10 credits
    • Religion, Politics and Society in the Modern World 10 credits
    • Religion in Modern Britain 10 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • 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.

    • Philosophy of Religion 20 credits
    • Theology and Religious Studies Students into Schools 20 credits
    • Sociology of Religion I 20 credits
    • Theology and Ethical Theory 20 credits
    • Religion, Gender and Society 20 credits
    • The Sikh tradition 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Independent Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science

    Optional modules

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

    • Buddhism: A Lived Tradition 20 credits
    • Science and Religion 20 credits
    • Muslims in Britain: Transnational Communities and Multicultural Politics 20 credits
    • Religion, Belief and Ethics 20 credits
    • Religions and Global Development 20 credits
    • Religion, Politics and the Future 20 credits

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

    For more information on typical modules, read Theology and Religious Studies BA Part Time 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 is home to tutors who are at the forefront of research in their fields.

    To enable you to benefit from their expertise, we use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops. However, independent study is also crucial to the degree, since it provides the opportunity to develop your skills in research, interpretation and analysis.


    We also use different types of assessment - these usually include exams and essays, but some modules may also use oral presentations and group work as assessed components. Support will be available throughout your degree – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on structuring essays and public speaking.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB

    • 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. 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

    • 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

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • 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.

    Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBC at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.


    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.

    It is also possible to study this programme part time. The programme content is the same but you will study at a lesser intensity. Find out more about how to apply, support available and the part-time student experience at the Lifelong Learning Centre.

    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.

    Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

    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

    A degree in Theology and Religious Studies will equip you with in-depth subject knowledge, but you’ll also develop valuable transferable skills that really stand out to employers. You’ll be a confident communicator who can present and defend your views clearly, either in writing or verbally. You’ll be comfortable working independently or in a team, and you’ll have strong organisational and research skills.

    Graduates have gone on to succeed in a wide range of careers in management, politics, the civil service, journalism, the media, education and the charity sector. Others have gone on to postgraduate study in related disciplines.

    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

    On this programme you 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 look great on your CV.

    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.