BA Theology and Religious Studies
This course will provide you with the opportunity to study many aspects of religion in the world today by means of Christian Theology as well as the world's great religious traditions. Like other academic areas, our Theology and Religious Studies joint honours degree applies analytical and critical approaches to its subject area.
The programme will offer a range of options allows specialised work in such fields as the history of Christian thought, Hindu traditions and rituals, monotheistic religions, eastern traditions and Islam and Christianity in dialogue. This course will also enable you to explore religion as a major component in the contemporary world, dealing with issues surrounding gender, conflict, pluralism, secularism and post-modernism.
As well as being a fascinating subject in its own right, Theology & Religious Studies has relevance for those wishing to pursue careers in fields such as education, social services, media, diplomacy, or business. The programme also prepares its students for vocations that may include ministerial and ecclesiastical vocations in a variety of denominations.
The programmes are designed to offer a solid programme of study for students whether from a faith background or from those who have no faith but wish to explore questions raised by theological study . In other words this programme is a highly desirable qualification in terms of engaging in a multi-cultural, multi-faith society. It is a sought after degree by employers who want staff to engage with a diverse society. Consequently, many of our students find employment and build careers in social services, counselling, nursing, policing, fire and rescue services.
A number of students move onto a PGCE in primary or secondary Religious Education. Other students seek to add to their BA by pursuing postgraduate studies that involve an aspect of religion from the world’s great traditions.
- Perspectives on Living Religions
- Abrahamic Faiths
- Introduction to Biblical Studies
- Understanding Christian Theology
- Islam and its Sacred Scriptures
- International Study Tour
- Hindu Ritual and Society
- Islam in the West
- Sects, Self and Society
- Sacred Journeys and Holy Sites
- Christianity in History
- Imagining the Other: Theories of Religion
- Sex and Violence: Religion in the Modern World
- Religions in Antiquity
- Women in Judaism and Early Christianity
- Jews and Christians in Conflict and Dialogue
- Exploring Ritual
- Taught by subject specialists
- Mixture of lecture and seminar-based classes
- Opportunity for independent research project
- Field classes to Palestine/Israel, Egypt, Turkey and Italy
The School uses a wide range of assessment methods so that students develop a variety of skills that will stand them in good stead in the professional world. In addition to traditional essay assessments, the school uses learning journals, book reviews, textual analyses, group presentations and examinations. For instance on the School’s popular study tours to religious sites students are able to submit a learning journal of their experiences. Other modules require students to work together in groups, make presentations and creatively explore the interface between media and religion.
Learning and Teaching methods
The programme offer introductory, intermediate modules that enhance knowledge and understanding, and more narrowly focussed modules which enable students to engage in more in-depth and analytical study. The programme’s content makes excellent use of staff expertise, most of whom are engaged in research and publication. Field trips, study tours, visiting speakers, invitations for BA students to research seminars all enhance the programme of study. In addition to this, students have the opportunity to enrol in some classes in other Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and to undertake their own study project or dissertation in their final year. All of these initiatives are strengthened by clear student guidance by lecturers and personal tutors.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
- Employment details
- A Joint honours BA degree in Theology and Religious Studies is a highly desirable qualification in terms of engaging in a multi-cultural, multi-faith society. It is a sought after degree by employers who want staff to engage with a diverse society. Consequently, many of our students find employment and build careers in social services, counselling, nursing, policing, fire and rescue services.
- A number of students move onto a PGCE in primary or secondary Religious Education. Other students seek to add to their BA by pursuing postgraduate studies that involve an aspect of religion from the world’s great traditions. Trinity Saint David is widely recognized for mobilizing its students for the world of work.
An active programme of employment-related activities is offered by Student Services; the School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies regularly builds bridges for its students to employment related activities endorsed by the University. Each year Trinity Saint David is at or near the top of Universities in Great Britain with the highest percentage of graduated students in work or seeking higher qualification.
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
There is an optional fieldtrip connected to a module for second and third year students to visit religious sites first hand. The Faculty subsidises this trip but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. The Faculty aims to keep the cost in the range £400-£700.
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA Theology and Religious Studies at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.