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Theology and Religious Studies

BA Honours

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Theology and Religious Studies

BA Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

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

Theology and Religious Studies will expand and challenge your knowledge of religion, spirituality and theology, developing your understanding of both their historical importance and their relevance to contemporary society. Unlike many other Theology and Religious Studies degrees, we focus on the anthropological question of what it means to be human in the context of religion, theology, ethics and philosophy.

Why study with us?

• Develop a deeper understanding of religion, religious practices and ideas.

• Gain knowledge of the texts, beliefs and practices of local and global religions.

• Develop a sought-after sensitivity to religious issues and communities.

• Learn from the experts. Many of our lecturers are active researchers in the field of theology and religious studies.

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Course Information

About this course >

You'll learn from active researchers who specialise in a wide range of fields, from Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, to new religions and shamanistic and indigenous traditions. You'll study the history, texts, worldviews and ritual practices of a variety of religions and lifeways, examining them cross-culturally and in local contexts. You'll also delve into the history and development of the teachings of a range of religious traditions, which will give you the chance to better understand their contemporary expressions.

Your assessments will include essays, blogs, portfolios, presentations and posters, ensuring that you develop the highly transferable skills sought after by employers. You'll also complete two professional work placements, getting the opportunity to understand how to apply the skills you've developed in a professional context.

By the time you graduate, you'll have been able to develop the skills to engage with contemporary religious issues in today's complex world.

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Further Study

​Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as PGCE Religious Education, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity. Many of our students also go on to do Masters courses, including Taught Masters and Masters by Research at Leeds Trinity.

Modules >

Year 1

Year 1 introduces significant religious texts and traditions in Christianity and other religions such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as ethical and theoretical approaches to religion and society.

Modules include Ethics and Society; Ethics: Philosophical and Theological; Introduction to the Old Testament, which gives attention to the main communities of interpretation: Jewish and Christian, as well as Muslim narratives; and a module on theoretical approaches to studying religion.

Year 2

Your second year includes a range of core and option modules unique to Leeds Trinity such as Religion and Politics; Catholic Social Teaching; Sociology and Anthropology of Religion; as well as modules on Christian doctrine,​ the New Testament and contemporary ethical and philosophical debates concerning religion and the self, including Eastern Philosophy.

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 visits to religions in the local area.

Option modules include those on religion and culture, science and religion, scriptural theology, and ethical and philosophical approaches to how we might understand religion and politics in the light of recent shifts in society and culture.​

Learning and 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.  #expand#

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.


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.

Entry Requirements >

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​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. 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 £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​​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.

Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Your two professional work placements will give you the opportunity to explore future careers. Our students have completed placements in schools, chaplaincies, charities in the UK and abroad, legal firms, publishers and local government.

Graduate Opportunities

You'll be well-prepared for a wide range of careers in the civil service, local government, charities, politics, journalism and teaching (after further study).

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