Religious Studies

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching Methods

In Year 1 teaching is by lectures (2 hours of lectures per week) plus a 1 hour seminar per week focused on specific readings or tasks related to the lecture topics of that week.

In Years 2 and 3, most Religious Studies modules involve a two hour lecture every week and a one hour seminar of up to 15 students every fortnight. The seminars are discussion based and generally focused on examining the lecture material and a specific text in detail. Most lecturers put their lectures and/or material relevant to their lectures on the MOODLE module web pages.

Special subjects involve a weekly two hour seminar and no lecture. Dissertations involve students in independent research with regular supervision meetings.


Assessment in Year 1 divided into:

  • Four coursework assignments: one in Michaelmas term; two in Lent; and one in Summer Term (50%)
  • An exam on the whole course in the Summer term (50%)

Assessment in Years 2 and 3 is generally by coursework consisting of two essays of 2,500 words each - one per term - and a three-hour exam in the Summer term. For 30 credit modules and one essay essay of 3000 words and a two-hour exam in the summer term for 15 credit modules. Coursework is worth 40% of the overall mark, the exam is worth 60%.