When you study literature you are not just reading and thinking about great books, you are also asking questions about society’s past and future, and ultimately interrogating your own past and future. During your time here you will be studying literature from the Renaissance to the present day, all within the vicinity of Horace Walpole’s Gothic mansion, Strawberry Hill House, which is located on our campus. The programme has a traditional and rigorous core of compulsory modules covering: Tragedy, Critical Theory, Renaissance Literature (including Shakespeare), Romanticism and Modernism. The literary training provided ensures that you will cover the conventional ‘classics’ meticulously. You will develop skills that will complement the unique and innovative optional units, which you can tailor to your interests and passions. Our degree in Theology and Religious Studies marries contemporary debates with ancient disciplines. Along with our experts, you will read seminal writers and thinkers of centuries-old traditions, pick up critical views of contemporary world issues, and examine the cultural appropriation of religious ideas and imagery. You may wish to study modules about science and religious ethics, politics and the Bible, or look closely at developments in theory and theological doctrine. This degree allows you explore some of the most recent and most long-standing examples of the perennial human search for meaning, and apply them to the realities of contemporary society.