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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion

Career opportunities

Career oppertunities following postgraduate study at Durham in Theology and Religion remains strong with 50% of postgraduate research leavers going into full-time work. The majority of postgraduate taught leavers went into either full-time work or work and further study (both 37.5%). Only 2 postgraduate research leavers were reported as unemployed giving an overall unemployment rate of just 3.4% which is well below the University average of 7.7% for 2013

“I completed my Masters in Religion and Society at Durham in 2012. Three months later I was offered a lecturing position in the Department of Ethics and Governance at the Fiji National University. My knowledge acquired at Durham, developing an understanding of the function and dynamics of religious belief and practice in society, has been incredibly useful for comprehending the social context in which my Ethics course must operate. Fiji is a devoutly religious country with Christian iTaukei, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh Indo-Fijians, and its greatest political upheavals (including 3 coups) have been punctuated with uncompromising religious rhetoric. Durham has helped me engage with these socio-political issues and work with students to suggest productive approaches in response to them. ”

Thomas White, MA Theology and Religion (2012)

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.

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