What is religion and why does it matter? Who are the prophets and sages of different religions? What is pilgrimage, meditation or a rite of passage in different religions? Theology and Religious Studies will expand and challenge your knowledge of religion, spirituality and theology, developing your understanding of both their historical importance and their relevance to contemporary society. Unlike many other Theology and Religious Studies degrees, we focus on the anthropological question of what it means to be human in the context of religion, theology, ethics and philosophy. You’ll learn from active researchers who specialise in a wide range of fi elds, from Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, to new religions, shamanistic and indigenous traditions. You’ll study the history, texts, worldviews, and ritual practices of a variety of religions and lifeways, examining them cross-culturally and in local contexts. You’ll also delve into the history and development of the teachings of a range of religious traditions, which will give you the chance to better understand their contemporary expressions. Your assessments will include essays, blogs, portfolios, presentations, and posters, ensuring that you develop the highly transferable skills sought after by employers. You’ll also complete two professional work placements, getting the opportunity to understand how to apply the skills you’ve developed in a professional context. By the time you graduate, you’ll have been able to develop the skills to engage with contemporary religious issues in today’s complex world. **Graduate opportunities** You’ll be well-prepared for a wide range of careers in the civil service, local government, charities, politics, journalism and teaching (after further study). **Placement opportunities** We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out. Your two professional work placements will give you the opportunity to explore future careers. Our students have completed placements in schools, chaplaincies, charities in the UK and abroad, legal firms, publishers and local government.