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Department of Theology and Religion

Career opportunities

Examples of further study

Further study is also a popular option for our MA graduates. Secondary teaching is a popular option via a PGCE.  Some follow new career paths and complete professional training in, for example, law. Others continue to apply their research skills through the completion of a doctorate at Durham and other leading institutions.

Employment development opportunities

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works closely with the Department of Theology and Religion. Careers Centre staff deliver presentations and workshops to each year group on topics relevant to that stage of their academic career. Many master's students attend our annual 'Making the Most of your Masters' conference where they develop an awareness of the crucial employability skills in employer lead sessions. PhD students also have access to a specialist Careers Consultant who can help them with any career related issues. Student representatives also organise alumni events at which Durham Theology and Religion graduates return to speak to current students about their career experiences, offering first hand advice and tips on how to enter different sectors.

“When the Presbyterian Church in Singapore offered me a scholarship to further my theological education, I chose to come to Durham University because of its fine faculty, its long tradition of excellence in biblical research, and its beautiful surroundings. And I was not disappointed! The one year in my MA course had been most profitable, and the professors paid careful attention to my work, and their feedback enabled me to sharpen my thinking and my theological skills.

I am currently into the second year of my PhD programme at Durham. On top of the excellent supervision that I am receiving for my research, I enjoy the weekly postgraduate seminars in the Theology and Religion department, which is unique to Durham. Here, we interact with our fellow PhD students, professors, and renowned scholars from all over the world who are invited to speak. It has been an exhilarating experience for me at Durham, and that goes for the other 160 or so PhD students at the Theology and Religion department as well!”

Rev. Leonard Wee, MA Theology and Religion (2009)

Career opportunities

Durham University theology and religion masters graduates are well equipped to compete in the graduate employment market. Recent destinations have included:

-Research Assistant (Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg)
-Vicar (Diocese of Newcastle)
-Study Manager (NHS)
-Teacher (Sunderland City Council)
-Curate (Church of England)
-Marketing Manager (Motorola)
-Hub Director & Head of Local & International Projects (Westminster Theological Centre & St Mary's Church)
-Missionary (Millmead Baptist Church)

PhD graduates progressed into the following careers :

-Senior Lecturer (St Mary's University College, London)
-Library Staff (Durham University)
-Assistant Lecturer (Open University)
-Self Employed Psychotherapist (Primary Care)
-Professorial Research Fellow (Durham University)
-Researcher (Durham University)
-Priest (The Order of St. Augustine)
-Associate Professor of Religion (Union College, New York State)

For specific examples of academic careers launched at Durham, click here.

“We have accepted many excellent Durham graduates onto the Teach First programme. The quality of applications that we have coming through from Durham students and graduates is consistently high and they go on to perform excellently on our challenging and demanding scheme.

Elin Morris, Graduate Recruitment