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Department of Theology and Religion

Undergraduate study in Theology and Religion

As an undergraduate in Theology and Religion at Durham you can looking forward to an excellent graduate prospects score.

But the real reason to be an undergraduate here is in order to learn how to read, understand and critique complex, important and inspiring texts of all kinds; how to construct clear, incisive and elegant arguments in person and on paper; and above all, how to think and learn independently.

At every level, you will be working directly with and analysing primary resources. In seminar and tutorial discussions teachers and students work collectively on materials, bringing a true sense of shared endeavour.

The established Theology and Religion degree programme is organised to give you a strong and broad foundation across all three of the department’s key areas in your first year of study. You will then progressively develop and specialise in your own areas of interest, culminating in a sustained dissertation on a topic of your choice. The new Religion, Society and Culture programme is designed to develop understanding of the centrality of religion to the functioning of societies past, present and future. The degree has core components that develop competence in the comparative study of religion, especially myth-, ritual- and meaning-making. These are complemented by more specialised modules that explore religious practice in relation to either particular religions (such as Islam, Judaism and Christianity), particular regions (such as Asia, Africa and Europe), or particular transnational media (the internet, film and literature). Strong tutorial support within the Department provides you with ready access to guidance and advice throughout your degree.

Our students consistently perform extremely well, with over 95% regularly obtaining first or upper second-class degrees (98% in 2013). Our excellent graduate employment record reflects the skills and personal qualities our students develop over the course of their studies: thinking clearly, writing well, presenting arguments, analysing texts, assessing evidence, solving problems, pursuing and organising research.

Our students readily find employment in fields such as education, social work, politics, law, business management, banking, the churches, the performing arts, and the charity sector. A significant number also progress onto higher-level study, such as postgraduate study in Theology and Religion (at Durham and elsewhere) or professional qualifications in law and education.

We offer three undergraduate courses of study:

  • A single honours degree in Theology and Religion
  • A single honours degree in Religion, Society and Culture
  • A joint honours degree in Philosophy and Theology.

A top world 100 University

Durham ranked Top 25 in the world by employers for the quality and demand of its graduates ( QS World University League Rankings 2013). Click here for further information.

Theology and Religion ranked 3rd in QS World Subject Rankings