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This distinguished degree has been offered by King's since its foundation. It is designed to stimulate critical thinking about and exploration of the cultural and intellectual riches of the Christian tradition. Students explore the roots of that tradition through close interpretation of its texts and by studying the immense and diverse impact it has had on both the history of this country and the wider world.
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 V610
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
No compulsory subjects.
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.
Application deadline: January 15th 2017
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 degree is designed to stimulate critical thinking about and exploration of the cultural and intellectual riches of the Christian tradition. Students explore the roots of that tradition through close interpretation of its texts and by studying the immense and diverse impact it has had on both the history of this country and the wider world.
The study of theology, which is central to the degree, gives students a systematic grasp of Christian thought and exposes them to the ways in which it has inspired philosophers, thinkers, artists and social movements from across the centuries and down to the recent present, as well as elicited fierce criticism.
This degree provides students with precise skills, such as the opportunity to master biblical languages and explore texts, while also challenging them to make connections between and across diverse fields of study. It produces graduates with the critical skills and intellectual flexibility required to shine in a wide range of careers.
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.
You will study a combination of compulsory and optional modules.
You will take five compulsory modules.
Introduction to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
The New Testament: Gospel & Letters
Systematic Theology: Nature & Method
Turning Points: an Introduction to the History of Christianity in England 1500 - 1900
Students are encouraged to take at least one Biblical language. In the first year this is:
Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts
Your remaining one or three (if the larger credit Biblical language module is not taken) optional modules are taken from the wide variety of Level 4 modules offered within the Department.
The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.
You will take four optional modules from the following four groups of modules.
Ritual in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament OR Theological Themes of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Paul in Context OR The World of Jesus OR New Testament Greek and Exegesis
An Introduction to the Doctrine of the Person of Christ OR ‘What is Christianity?’ Patristic Perspectives
Religion, Culture & Society in Reformation Europe OR Between Revolutions: British Christianity 1689-1860
Students are encouraged to take at least one Biblical language module. In the second year these are:
Intermediate Greek with Texts
If you take no or only one Biblical language module then you will respectively either take four or two modules from the wide variety of optional modules offered at Level 5 within the Department.
You will take at least four of the following modules:
The English Reformation
Exploring New Testament Theology
Hebrew Texts: Prose
Principles of Systematic Theology
Law and Ethics in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Women and Gender in the Bible
Varieties of Religious Experience: Christianity in Britain 1850 – 1970
Contemporary Theology and Philosophy
You will be required to take a further four modules from either above or from the wide variety of Level 6 modules offered within the Department. You have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. (If you choose the larger credit Independent Study Project (Dissertation) then you will only be required to take three optional modules).
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.
"My degree is so broad and so rewarding! We've had field trips to St Paul’s Cathedral, National Gallery, the British Museum, and Westminster Abbey, and being in close contact with some of the field’s most influential researchers and figures is also incredibly inspiring."
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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)**
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*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.
**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
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