Understanding religion is vital to understand the world we live in. This degree allows you to explore a variety of approaches to religious traditions throughout time and across cultures - as well as their effects on public life.
Core modules will introduce you to the key themes and approaches in theology and the study of religion, as well as the importance of putting both into context. But this degree offers an impressive range of choice. You'll choose from a wide variety of optional modules allowing you to study specific traditions from Christianity to South Asian religions, think about religion in modern Britain or Africa, philosophy of religion, sin, ethics or even sex and gender in a religious context.
Cutting across philosophy, social sciences, history, literature and languages among others, this interdisciplinary and challenging degree will offer you a fascinating insight into some of the most influential forces shaping, and being shaped by, our world.
Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy, ethics and religious studies. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections - valuable assets for your independent research. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
Core modules in your first year will introduce you to the history, methods, concepts and questions posed by theology and religious studies. You'll also choose from a range of optional modules, maintaining a balance between individual religious traditions, such as Islam or Judaism, and specific regions or themes from modern Africa to philosophy of religion.
This foundation will enable you to make the most of the choice on offer over the next two years, as you select from a range of optional modules to shape a degree that suits you. A compulsory module in your second year will allow you to place religious studies in contemporary contexts, but otherwise you'll be free to focus on topics from Buddhism and Hindu traditions to theological ethics, science and religion, sin and the sociology of religion.
Throughout your degree, you'll develop your critical and research skills, as well as your cultural and social awareness. You'll be able to demonstrate these in your third and final year when you choose a topic for an independently researched dissertation.
You can also take part in fieldwork, allowing you to conduct original research in local religious communities, or even go into a local school and apply your knowledge and skills to the classroom.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules and the full course structure.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A degree in Theology and Religious Studies will equip you with in-depth subject knowledge, but you'll also develop valuable transferable skills that really stand out to employers. You'll be a confident communicator who can present and defend your views clearly, either in writing or verbally. You'll be comfortable working independently or in a team, and you'll have strong organisational and research skills.
Graduates have gone on to succeed in a wide range of careers in management, politics, the civil service, journalism, the media, education and the charity sector. Others have gone on to postgraduate study in related disciplines.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this programme you can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It's a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.
The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. You could be taught in English, German or Czech - language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.