Religious Studies BA Hons - 2020 Entry
Religious Studies at Lancaster gives you the opportunity to study the world's major religious traditions and to debate about the role of religion in the modern world. You will develop skills in critical thinking and in examining controversial issues from multiple perspectives. You will graduate from our degree programme with a deeper awareness of cultural diversity and an informed understanding of the conflicts and challenges of the contemporary world.
We offer modules on the world’s major religious traditions, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Throughout our modules, we train students to do research using the methods appropriate to their study: historical, textual, philosophical, theological, sociological, anthropological and psychological. Some of the topics covered in our wide range of courses include: religion and violence; religion and gender; philosophy and religious thought; religion in relation to secularism and multiculturalism; interpretations of sacred texts; and new age spiritualities.
A Level ABB
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects.
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Buddhism and Modernity in Asian Societies
- Christianity in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations
- Constructing Ethics: Christianity and Islam
- Ethics: Theory and Practice
- Hinduism in the Modern World
- Indian Politics, Society and Religion
- Islam: Tradition, Community and Contemporary Challenges
- Religion and Society
- Western Philosophy and Religious Thought
- Early Christianity
- Indian Religious and Philosophical Thought
- Media, Religion and Politics
- Modern Christian thought
- Modern Religious and Atheistic Thought
- New religions and alternative spiritualities
- PPR in Education
- Reading Buddhism
- Reading Islam
- Religion and politics
- Religion and Violence
- Religion in schools
- Religions in the Modern World
- The Ritual and Social Contexts of Spirit Possession
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Recent Religious Studies graduates have found jobs in sectors such as law, journalism, teaching, social work and consultancy. Their ability to remain open-minded while carefully weighing up arguments makes them highly employable. The course also equips graduates with crucial communications skills that transfer well to the workplace. Some graduates also pursue further study through a postgraduate degree. The Religious Studies degree at Lancaster has one of the highest employability rates among Religious Studies degrees in the UK, with 90% of our students going on to work or study within six months of their graduation.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Fees and Funding
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.
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Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.
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