Studying Theology and Religion I learnt how to develop and present my arguments and appreciate and critique those of others. Developing these communication and analytical skills has been really important in preparing me for my current role, as this includes working with colleagues on project teams, finding solutions to challenges and sometimes analysing complex data. Equally, studying a diverse range of topics during my degree, from Church History to the Anthropology of Religion, has prepared me to adapt to the varied nature of the graduate scheme. I also elected to study several ethics modules, which has undoubtedly informed my career path and choice of business: I knew that I wanted to work for a business which was commercially competitive, but shaped by its ethical values.Hals Baggaley, BA(Hons)Theology and Religion (2008)
Of those students that left in 2011:
- 29.4% are in full time paid employment
Of those in employment:
- 77% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £20,000
Of those in further study:
- 100% are in graduate level study
A significant number of students progress onto higher level study following their degree in theology and religion. Some remain within their academic field of interest and pursue a Masters, notably at Durham but also other prestigious institutions. Others take a different route and pursue professional postgraduate programmes in law, finance and teaching at institutions including Manchester, King's College, Cambridge and Oxford.
Employment development opportunities
The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre collaborates closely with the Department of Theology and Religion. The link Careers Adviser delivers presentations to each year group on a range of areas including options with the subject, career decision making, successful applications and interviews, and advice for those considering further study. Student representatives also organise alumni events at which Durham Theology and Religion graduates return to speak about their career experiences, offering first hand advice and tips on how to enter different sectors.
Durham University theology and religion graduates enter a wide range of career areas including teaching, government, law, recreation and leisure, marketing, business and finance. Our graduates find employment with leading employers such as the Cooperative Group, Teach First, Samaritans, Legal Services Commission, National Health Service, Royal Placement Agency, National Theatre and Deloitte.
Specific roles our graduates have progressed into include project manager, teacher, clergy, communications researcher, events organiser, projects officer and civil servant.
Using recruitment consultancies can be a very useful approach to help you find employment. You can identify consultancies using the Recruitment and Employment Confederation website. Consultancies specialising in graduate opportunities, such as the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, can also be an excellent source of help.
"A degree at Durham is a great stepping stone for development, giving graduates that head start and making them much more valuable to recruiters like ourselves. The opportunities at Durham allow not only for excellence in academia but also give students an introduction to business awareness, teamwork and communication, thus ensuring the best chance of success in the world of work."
Graduate Recruitment Officer
Simmons & Simmons LLP