What Will You Study

Develop your critical abilities within two vibrant departments of like-minded students and expert scholars and gain a strong understanding of how History and Religious Studies intersect and influence one another.

History and Religious studies first year modules are designed to extend and deepen your knowledge of the past and introduce you to major historical topics and themes from the ancient world to the present day. You will have the opportunity to learn about the growth and development of the world’s major religious traditions and their primary characteristics. It also provides an overview of some of the forms religious belief takes in the contemporary world, as well as some of the problems and opportunities it faces. There is also a cross-cultural and inter-religious examination of key issues in the study of religion relating to, for example, ethics, politics, gender, and the character of the religious life, many students choose to take additional, specialised modules on topics that compliment both elements of the degree. You will gain insights into how historians and religious studies experts conduct research, interpret the past and develop your own research, essay-writing and presentational skills.

In your second and third years focus on the themes, periods and nations which interest you the most, with options that include British, European, American, Asian and Middle Eastern history, from the eighth century BC to the twentieth century. Religious studies modules available to you address a broad spectrum of subjects that provide an opportunity to study the world's major religious traditions, to debate the role of religion in the modern world. Options include modules on religion and violence; religion and gender; religion and politics; philosophy and religious thought; religion in relation to secularism and multiculturalism; interpretations of sacred texts; and new religions.