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A theological degree in the heart of London to gain detailed knowledge of at least two strands of religion; knowledge of key problems in the philosophical analysis of religious concepts; and knowledge of problems in theoretical and applied ethics.
King's is home to a large, vibrant Department of Theology & Religious Studies, with special expertise in Islam, Judaism and Christianity and a variety of contemporary religious movements.
The Department is ranked joint third in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research.
Our teaching makes the most of London's rich religious culture, incorporating many places of worship and the collections of the British Museum.
King's central location offers easy access to numerous libraries across London.
Students develop key transferable skills which can lead to a variety of different careers.
UCAS code VV65
Duration Three years/six years
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Course type Single honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy
Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
AAB at A-Level
Access to HE Diploma
Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)
DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)
DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)
D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers
AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers
Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
35 points overall with three Higher Level subjects at 665
45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
D3 D3 M2
Further information below
This programme, wholly taught within our department, combines the study of religion with work in ethics and philosophy. We aim to provide you with detailed knowledge of at least two strands of religion; understanding of key problems in the philosophical analysis of religious concepts; and knowledge of problems in theoretical ethics. You will have the opportunity to study ethical and religious concepts philosophically in the context of literature, film and history.
We strongly believe that teaching and research should be closely related. All teaching members of staff are therefore research-active, many enjoying international reputations as leaders in their fields. Our commitment to original research means that we can introduce students to new discoveries in areas as diverse as priesthood and cult in ancient Israel; mysticism; political Islam and the state; the relationship between philosophy and literature, and between moral and aesthetic value; and religion and politics, in particular nationalism, ethnicity and global networks.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Each programme has a distinctive core, defined through a unique pattern of modules (some year-long modules, some over a single term). Some modules are compulsory, mostly in the first year when they are introductory. The scope for choice increases substantially in the second and third years, to suit developing individual interests and strengths. Module options may change from year to year; we strive constantly to enhance the variety of modules on offer. Methods of assessment vary from one module to another, but typically involve the submission of some coursework (usually an essay) and an unseen written examination in the summer. A few modules involve either coursework or a summer examination.
As befits a capital city that is home to a mix of people of hugely diverse backgrounds, London offers tremendous opportunities for the student of religion. Numerous religious groups with their very different beliefs and rituals, as well as artistic traditions exhibited in places of worship, exist on the department’s doorstep. Unrivalled resources enabling us to put those facets into context are close at hand: looking beyond the College, we can turn to the National Archives, the British Library, the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Lambeth Palace Library, to name only a few.
Students must choose in each year of study from a selection of compulsory modules. Remaining credits are then taken from the wide selection of opional modules offered by the Department. We review our modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes, so this list may change.
At least four of the following compulsory modules, plus a selection of optional modules.
Elements of Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
Philosophical Texts in Historical Contexts
Thinking about Evil
Introduction to Christianity
Constancy and Creativity: Jewish Interpretations of Tradition
Introduction to Buddhism
Up to four further modules chosen from the wide variety of first year / level 4 optional modules offered by the Department.
You must take four core modules and choose your remaining modules from a range of options.
Philosophy & Film
Religious Difference: Jewish, Christian & Other Perspectives
Modern Islam I: History & Politics
Up to four further modules chosen from the wide variety of second year / level 5 optional modules offered by the Department.
You must take four core modules and choose your remaining modules from a range of options. You also have the opportunity to write a dissertation, for which you will receive one-to-one supervision with a member of staff.
The Search for Meaning
Special Questions in Social Ethics
Law & Ethics in the Hebrew Bible
Contemporary Thought in the Muslim World
European Jews and the Orient
Contemporary Philosophy and Theology
Philosophy of Religious Life
Up to four further modules chosen from the wide variety of third year / level 6 optional modules offered by the Department, including the 30-credit dissertation option.
Our students develop key transferable skills in critical analysis, argumentation and communication that are indispensable in a wide variety of occupations.
King’s students go on to careers in: government, the Civil Service, non-government organisations, social services, the caring professions, charities, law, the City, academia, PR and advertising, journalism and the media, entertainment and the arts, the church and other religious organisations.
Recent graduates from Theology and Religious Studies have found employment as: Insight Manager, ISPUN; Sales Executive, Events company; PR Assistant, PR Company; Research Ethics Co-ordinator, National Research Ethics Service; Researcher, Houses of Parliament; Trainee Accountant, Accountancy Firm; Children/Family Worker, Regents Trust; Publishing Assistant, Allison and Busby; Research Assistant, Tyndale House; Company Director, Musical Entertainment company.
"The course appealed to me as it offered a range of subjects, with a wealth of knowledge from several prominent experts in their field. King's is a warm and welcoming university, whilst creating an intellectual and educational ambience."
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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
Full time tuition fees - Overseas
£16,250 p.a. (2016/17)**
For further undergraduate funding information, please visit our fees and funding webpages.
*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.
**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
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