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X1V6 Education Studies - Theology and Religion BA Undergraduate  2018


UCAS code X1V6
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 Years
Location Durham City
Typical Offers A-Level
International Baccalaureate
Please also check Requirements and Admissions.
Alternative qualifications

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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 8332

Course Summary


Year 1

In the first year there are three compulsory modules in Education which introduce, and induct you into the world of education studies. Specifically, each module draws from different perspectives on education, which could be historical, sociological, philosophical, psychological, cultural and/or political; these different lenses allow you to begin to consider ‘big’ questions about education and the world. You will also spend time studying three modules in your partner department.

Education modules

  • History of Education
  • Context of Education
  • Learning and Teaching.

Theology and Religion Modules

You will take half of your modules in the Theology department.

In previous years optional modules available included:

  • Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • Christianity in Context
  • God and Evil
  • God and Good
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • New Testament Greek and Exegesis.

Year 2

In the second year, you have more choice and ownership over your studies, as you pick two Education modules. In general, modules examine topics in more depth and detail, and again, often come from certain perspectives. For example Constructions of Childhood uses a sociological and cultural position, to analyse what it means to be a child in the world; in addition, it asks what childhood means to the world. Whereas Learning in the Early Years examines children, but from a child developmental psychological perspective. Hence, you can pick which ontological position you prefer, or mix and match these contrasting views. There is also a chance to study Harry Potter, which may interest some muggles!

Everyone also studies Education Research Methods, which examines approaches to, and the interpretation of, educational research.

Again, half your time will be spent in your partner department.

Education modules

  • Education Research Methods (compulsory module)

In previous years, optional modules available included:

  • Identity, Culture and Education
  • Constructing Childhood and Youth
  • Learning in the Early Years
  • The Philosophy of Social Science
  • Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion
  • Higher Education: Issues of Exclusion and Inclusion.

Theology and Religion Modules

Again at level 2 you will take half of your modules in the Theology department.

In previous years optional modules available included:

  • Death, Ritual and Belief
  • God, Freedom and The Soul
  • Judaism
  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Hebrew Prose Texts
  • Syriac
  • Passion Narratives (in Greek)
  • Myth and Meaning

Year 3

In the final year, you have even more ownership over your studies. This largely comes through the Dissertation, which is a double module. Specifically, the Dissertation entails choosing a topic to study in depth, and being supported through this by an academic member of staff. Some students use the dissertation to make links to their partner department, as such, we encourage a wide range of proposals. For example, one recent dissertation, ‘Simply Mothballs’, explored the relationship between children’s literature and national identity. Another, entitled ‘Rice, Rum, Reggae and Risk’, investigated the effects of HIV/AIDS peer education programmes in Belize. Here, the student undertook independent research during her visit to Belize as part of her volunteer work for a charity. In a recent report the course’s external examiner said that the breadth of Dissertation topics studied was ‘inspiring’, and many students regard the Dissertation as the most enjoyable and important piece of work they undertake at Durham.

In addition, you study another four modules, from education and your partner department. Within this, you can pick one second year module.

Education modules

  • Dissertation (compulsory module)

In previous years, optional modules available included:

  • Citizenship Education
  • Political Sociology of Education
  • Responding to Special Educational Needs.

Theology and Religion Modules

You will also take half of your modules in the Theology department.

In previous years optional modules available included:

  • Religion and Film
  • Religious Innovations
  • Aramaic
  • The First Urban Churches
  • Religious Violence in the Reformation Era
  • Emotion and Identity in Religion
  • Religions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Throughout the three years you are encouraged to make links between the education half of the programme and your partner department. The Education Studies degree has consistently achieved 100% student satisfaction in the NSS survey.

Course Detail

To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University please click here.

Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.

Course Learning and Teaching

Students on this programme learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, fieldwork (placements), informal but scheduled one-on-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing. Seminars, and tutorials, are much smaller groups than lectures, with tutorials often involving no more than eight students working with a professor or lecturer; seminars can be larger but are still small enough to allow one-on-one interaction with tutors. All of these are supported by a virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO).

This emphasis on small-group teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of the learning experience rather than the quantity of formal sessions. In fact, the degree programme is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent learning as students move from their first to their final year. Small-group teaching and one-on-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they enter the programme) are part of the learning experience throughout, but by the final year classroom time gives way, to some extent, to independent research, including a capstone dissertation—supported by one-on-one supervision—that makes up a third of final year credits.

This progression transforms the student from a consumer to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. These formal teaching arrangements are supported by “drop-in” surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin in the week before the start of the programme and continue at key times throughout each year of the programme.

Students can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting-edge research.

Assessment on the course is typically comprised of academic essays, supported by other assessment, such as examinations, presentations, poster work or portfolios.

Each module includes formative assessment, which is designed to support students through their academic progress.

The Education department also benefits from being the site of Leazes Road Library, which has group and computer study facilities, as well as study carrels.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. Please contact our Admissions Selectors
  • Our typical offer is AAB at A-level or equivalent
  • We take a holistic approach to every application judging both merit and potential, academic qualifications achieved, predicted grades, the personal statement and reference.
  • We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking as part of our offer
  • Typical IB score 36 to include 665 in higher level subjects
  • Please consult the University website for required evidence of English language proficiency
  • If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take an International Foundation Year pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre
  • We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

Science A-levels

Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This applies only to applicants sitting A-levels with an English examination board.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Information relevant to your country

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £9,250.00 per year
Home Student £9,250.00 per year
Island Student £9,250.00 per year
International non-EU Student £18,300.00 per year

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding 

Career Opportunities

Theology and Religion

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.

Of those students that left in 2015:

- 96% are in employment or further study six months after graduating

Of those in employment:

- 90% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £24,611

(Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2014/15 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found

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.

Recruitment Consultancies

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.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments, and opportunities to explore college options, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.

Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place:

Discover Durham Tours

Discover Durham tours offer a brief introduction to the University. The tour begins at one of our undergraduate colleges, where you will receive an introductory talk from a member of college staff, followed by a tour of the college by current students.

Overseas Visit Schedule

Department Information

School of Education


Have you ever wondered how education shapes society, and how society shapes education? Have you ever reflected upon the political nature of decisions made about, and within, educational institutions? Have you ever considered whether education systems are fair, and if everyone has the same opportunities of access, and of success? If any of those questions made you think, then the Education Studies programme may be for you.

Our Education Studies at Durham University is a broad multidisciplinary degree. You choose modules that focus on the philosophical, sociological, psychological, historical, political and/or cultural aspects of education. We go far beyond any classroom and consider education, people and their function in the world.

To complement the Education modules, you study half of your degree in one of our eight partner subjects: English; Geography; History; Music; Philosophy; Psychology; Sociology; Theology and Religion. Hence, this degree is suited to anyone interested in education, but also anyone interested in broadening their studies with our partner subjects. We simply ask that you have intellectual curiosity.

Our Education Studies programme has had 100% student satisfaction for the last three years. Students appreciate the personalised support, the dynamic teaching and the academic challenge..

  • 100% of our Education students have said they were satisfied with the quality of their course in the National Student Survey for the last four years.
  • 3rd in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016.
  • 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2016.


For a current list of staff, please see the School of Education web pages


Our School of Education is set in beautiful landscaped gardens above the River Wear and overlooks both the Castle and Cathedral. As well as an attractive work environment, it offers excellent study facilities, including a department library with a wide range of books (over 60,000 volumes) and periodicals.


Theology and Religion


One of the leading centres for study of theology and religion. Theology and Religion at Durham University is a wide ranging degree that combines aspects of philosophy, history and social sciences, and will give you valuable insights into how people live in today’s world.

The Theology and Religion Department has established an international reputation as one of the leading departments in its field, yet we are equally proud of our highquality teaching and commitment to our students.

Our degree programmes offer you enormous flexibility, with a rich variety of subjects, and the opportunity to engage in serious and exciting explorations in Biblical studies, Christian theology and the study of religion.


  • Ranked 1st in the UK for internationally excellent and world-leading research and joint 1st for internationally excellent and world-leading research impact (REF 2014).
  • 96% of our Theology and Religion students said they were satisfied with the quality of their course in the National Student Survey 2015 (sector-wide average 90%).
  • 2nd in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016.
  • 2nd in The Complete University Guide 2016.
  • 6th in The Guardian University Guide 2016.


For a current list of staff, please see the Theology & Religion Department web pages.


We have excellent library facilities. As well as the University’s libraries, there are specialist Theology collections in Durham Cathedral Library (especially the Sharp Library). In addition, most college libraries have Theology and Religion sections.