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What is religion and why does it matter? Who are the prophets and the sages of different religions? What is pilgrimage, meditation or a rite of passage in different religions?

Our Theology and Religious Studies programme will enable you to challenge your knowledge of religion, spirituality and theology and develop an understanding of their relevance to modern society and the way we live.


Course Benefits

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the nature of religion and religious practices and ideas.
  • Gain knowledge of the texts, beliefs and practices of a variety of local and global religions.
  • Develop a sought-after sensitivity to religious issues and communities.
  • Receive quality subject teaching and specific preparation for employment.

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Course Information

You will have the opportunity to study the history, texts and practices of the local and global religions, examining them cross-culturally and in different contexts.

You will understand the varied expressions of religious traditions, including diverse Christian and indigenous communities in different continents today, as well as develop the skills to engage with issues in the complex religious environment of plural societies. You will delve into the history and development of traditional teachings of different religions and investigate religious and theological controversies.

You will be able to discuss topics with your lecturers, who are internationally active researchers, and debate respectfully with your peers. At the same time, you will be challenged to listen and learn to appreciate the sensitivity of religious issues.

Read our full course terms and conditions.

Year 1

Year 1 introduces significant religious texts and traditions as well as ethical and theoretical approaches to religion and society.

Two modules on Ethics and Society and Ethics: Philosophical and Theological look in-depth at ethical theories, debates and analysis of contemporary issues, such a media representations.

Introduction to the Old Testament includes historical, literary and theological approaches to the Bible and gives attention to the religio-cultural contexts from which the Hebrew scriptures emerged and the main communities of interpretation: Jewish and Christian. It also takes into account Muslim narratives.

Religions: Texts and Traditions introduces the study of diverse religions, such as Buddhism and Islam, among others, while Method and Theory in the Study of Religions studies key thinkers, approaches such as sociology and psychology of religion, and categories such as gender, New Religious Movements and Contemporary Paganism.

Year 2

Your second year includes a range of core and option modules unique to Leeds Trinity such as Religions, Justice and Peacemaking; Catholic Social Teaching; Sociology and Anthropology of Religion, which includes designing your own questionnaire; Rites, Rituals and Religious Quests; Self and Reality in Eastern Philosophy, as well as modules on Christian Doctrine and​ Reading the New Testament. 

These modules include topics such as religious conflict and peacebuilding in Israel-Palestine, the role of conscience in moral philosophy, concepts of the person and the world in Native American, Buddhist and other philosophies, rites of passage and pilgrimage in Hindu, Catholic and other traditions, and debates on the nature of Christ.

Year 3

In your final year your modules engage with cutting edge research in theology and religious studies. The two core modules are the Dissertation, which is on your own a topic, and Religions in Leeds Bradford, focused on cultural and spatial theories and visits to religions in the local area, including one of your own choosing. 

Option modules include Religions, Cultures and Complexities, which examines religion and shamanism cross-culturally in different socio-political contexts in Asia, such as Tibet and Japan, and the Americas; New Testament Theology, focusing on Pauline and Johannine texts; Religion in the Public Sphere, analysing depictions of religions such as Christianity, Islam and Paganism in contemporary society and critical issues between religion and the state; The Future of Philosophy of Religion, on how we might understand religion and politics in the light of recent shifts in society and culture; and Science and Religion: Exploring the Conflict Thesis.​

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • HUM4992 - Ethics and Society
  • TRS4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • TRS4202 - Ethics-Philosophical and Theological
  • TRS4332 - Professional Development and Placement
  • TRS4502 - Introduction to the Old Testament
  • TRS4522 - Religions: Texts & Traditions
  • TRS4802 - Method and Theory in the Study of Religion

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • HUM5902 - Spanish Language and Culture
  • TRS5012 - PDPM Volunteering
  • TRS5022 - Self and Reality in Eastern Philosophy
  • TRS5382 - Christian Doctrine
  • TRS5442 - Moral Theology and Catholic Social Teaching
  • TRS5502 - Reading the New Testament
  • TRS5782 - Professional Development and Placement
  • TRS5902 - Religions in the Modern World
  • TRS5912 - Sociology and Anthropology of Religion

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • HUM6022 - Science and Religion: Exploring the Conflict Thesis
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • HUM6262 - Narratives in Theology
  • TRS6004 - Religion Dissertation
  • TRS6112 - The Future of Philosophy of Religion
  • TRS6402 - The Church in the World
  • TRS6502 - New Testament Theology
  • TRS6802 - Religions, Cultures and Complexities
  • TRS6922 - Religions in Leeds Bradford

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 16.5% of scheduled learning and teaching; 208 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 852 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement

Year 2 – 14.7% of scheduled learning and teaching; 178 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 882 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

Year 3 – 10.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 130 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,070 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  
Theology & Religious Studies is the study of religions, that is, people and their religious traditions combined with the particular study of the Christian religion. You will study the history and texts of the world's religions and investigate definitions of 'religion' and approaches to its study. You will understand the varied expressions of religious traditions and contemporary interfaith dialogue and peace-making. You will also be challenged to think creatively about ethical and philosophical ideas and will develop the skills to engage with issues in the complex religious environment of plural society. Theology & Religious Studies will enable you to challenge and deepen your knowledge of the diverse roles of religion and spirituality in modern society.

The core theme of Theology modules covers methods of Biblical criticism and interpretation (both Old Testament and New Testament); theological consideration of the nature of God and the representation of Christ; analysis of Church history; study of ritual and liturgical practices, and study of the role of Christian ideas and concepts in Western literature and art.

The core theme of Religious Studies modules covers sociological and anthropological methods for studying diverse types of cultures; detailed study of a selection of world religions; study of diverse ritual and liturgical practices, and the complex nature of religion in contemporary society.

Research modules and professional study modules equip you to understand the importance of researching and analysing topics of your own choosing and to evaluate your findings with appropriate ethical sensitivity.  In addition, you will be required to complete at least two placements on your programme to help you to explore your future career opportunities and to apply your subject knowledge in professional and community contexts.  This may include working with professional societies, schools, inter-faith and peace studies centres and development agencies. Our placement modules are supported by Leeds Trinity University's existing links with a wide range of organisations such as CAFOD, Community Groups, Charities and Faith-Based organisations in Leeds and Bradford (St George's Crypt, Emmaeus, and Simon in the Streets), faith-based schools in Leeds and Bradford, and the local diocese at Hinsley Hall.

Staff teaching on this programme have specialist research expertise in Catholic theology; virtue ethics; contemporary philosophies of religion; the nature of inter-faith dialogue; ascetic traditions in Eastern and Western religions, and the experience of Muslim women in contemporary Britain.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 100% coursework

Year 2 – 90.3% coursework; 9.7% practical exams

Year 3 - 86.7% coursework; 13.3% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language​.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​.

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Studying a degree which opened up my mind and taught me to think, combined with the opportunity to manage a small charity for two years as President, has left me with a brilliant understanding of how organisational governance/management/finance works. That foundation has enabled me to progress quickly to a mid-level management job within four years of leaving Leeds Trinity

John Joe Mulherin

Student Experience Manager at University of East London

Professional Work Placements

Students often take up positions in schools, chaplaincies, charities in the UK and abroad, legal firms, publishers and local government.

More about placements

Employability skills are embedded in our teaching and give you transferable skills that are highly desirable for careers in teaching (after further study), social work and ministry, legal services, management, journalism and broadcasting.

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as PGCE Religious Educationwhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity. 

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Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes. ​
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95% of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating. This places Leeds Trinity in the top 25% of all UK universities for employability, and first amongst all universities in Yorkshire and the Humber.

2nd in the UK

We're ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction with feedback and assessment, according to the 2016 Guardian University Guide.

​Top 10

We're top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction (according to the Guardian University Guide 2015) 

Work placements​

We arrange over 1,200 professional work placements for our students every year.

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