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Religious Studies (BA)

This degree gives students a grounding in the beliefs and practices of a wide range of faiths.

Students studying BA Religious Studies will develop an understanding of the role of religion in the world and study the origins and development of religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism.

 

PATHWAY OPTIONS & HOW TO APPLY

UCAS Code & Joint Honours Options

Religious Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: RV60
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Astudiaethau Crefyddol (BA)
UCAS Code: L351
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Chinese Studies & Religious Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: TV16
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Religious Studies & Islamic Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: LQ63
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Anthropology & Religious Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: RSA1
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Heritage & Religious Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: RHG1
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Religious Studies & Philosophy (BA)
UCAS Code: VV6M
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Religious Studies & Theology (BA)
UCAS Code: TRS1
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Religious Studies with Applied Psychology (BA)
UCAS Code: 7C29
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Religious Studies with Foundation Year (BA)
UCAS Code: RSF1
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Religious, Ethics & Applied Psychology (BA)
UCAS Code: 7C29
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Religion, Philosophy & Ethics (BA)
UCAS Code: D2N4
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Religious Studies & Theology (BA)
UCAS Code: TRS1
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Religion Studies with Education Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: VL64
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Religion, Theology & Philosophy (BA)
UCAS Code: K219
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Tuition Fees 2019/20:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£11,500 (Overseas)

Why choose this course?

  • Wide range of modules on relevant topics such the nature of religion, the Abrahamic traditions, or religious conceptions of sex and gender.
  • Modules based on lecturers' distinctive research expertise in religious experience or new religious movements.
  • Innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials.
  • Space for independent thinking and opportunities to pursue your own interests.
  • Chance to combine your studies with modules from other humanities subjects.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Our BA Religious Studies degree enables students to become familiar with the specifics of religious traditions and to make comparisons between the beliefs and practices of different religions, particularly in the context of a world coming to terms with its cultural and religious diversity.

This programme is intended to stimulate curiosity about, and fascination for, the variety of religious cultures across the globe, and to open up a greater awareness of plurality within religious traditions and within societies at large. This gives students a real insight into the human condition and the multiplicity of religious beliefs and practices in the world.

Modules

This Religious Studies degree focuses primarily on religion in the contemporary world, with acknowledgement of the significance of religion in shaping history.

The programme looks at specific religions, highlighting various themes in which religion has an influence or a role.

World faiths are explored in the form of Abrahamic religions and Asian traditions as well as indigenous religions, with specific focus on South America, as well as the new religious movements and alternative spiritualities that became significant in the West from the mid-20th century onwards.

The programme is made up of the following combinations of core, compulsory and optional modules:

  • Level 4, five compulsory modules, including a cross-faculty study skills modules completed by all students, and one optional module;
  • Level 5, five compulsory modules, including subject-specific research methods modules completed by all students, and one optional module; and,
  • Level 6, all students complete a dissertation of either 20 or 40 credits in addition to three compulsory modules and two optional ones.

Please note, these modules might alter a little from year to year, owing to staff changes, curriculum development and recommendations following validation. 

Assessment

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following types of assessment:

  • essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length;
  • document analysis;
  • book/journal reviews;
  • short reports and reflective journals;
  • time tests;
  • seen and unseen exams;
  • field journals;
  • posters;
  • group and individual presentations;
  • dissertations of 10,000 words;
  • wikis;
  • commentaries; and,
  • film evaluations.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results.

We are interested in creative people who 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.

Career Opportunities

A BA in Religious Studies is a highly desirable qualification in terms of engaging in a multicultural, multi-faith society.

It is a sought after degree by employers who want staff to engage with a diverse cultural environment. Consequently, many of our students find employment and build careers in social services, counselling, nursing, policing, and fire and rescue services.

A number of students move on to 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.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is widely recognised for mobilising its students for the world of work. Student Services offer an active programme of employment-related activities; the School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies regularly builds bridges for its students to employment-related activities endorsed by the University.

The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey regularly reports high percentages of graduates of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in work or seeking further qualifications six months after graduating. 

In the 2016/17 DLHE survey, 96.8% of UWTSD’s full-time UK undergraduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating.

Additional Costs

Estimates are on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit two hard copies of their final project; the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:
There are various fieldwork and field trip options available, both locally and internationally. Students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. These are subsidised but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs, based on previous placements:

  • Fieldwork (depending on location) − approximately £500-£1,500; and,
  • Individual trips − approximately £5-£50.
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Theology (BA)
UCAS Code: THE1

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