KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

Religion, Politics & Society BA

Apply now

Overview

This cutting-edge degree links political science, sociological, and anthropological perspectives to illuminate religion’s role in domestic and global contexts, and explores how contemporary religious expressions shape and are shaped by cultural, social and political trends. This is a pioneering degree and is the first of its kind in the UK.

 

Key benefits

  • King’s is home to a large, vibrant Department of Theology & Religious Studies, with special expertise in Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism and a variety of contemporary religious movements.

  • The Department is ranked joint 3rd in the UK for the power of world-leading and internationally excellent research.  It is also in the top 10 for Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies in the UK (QS World Rankings by subject 2018).           

  • 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.

Key information

UCAS code V621

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Locations

 

Explore campuses


Religion, Politics & Society BA

Discover More

Watch our short video to find out more about this fascinating course at King's

Watch more videos

Course detail

Description

The course explores the complex relationships between religion, politics and society around the world. It offers an innovative approach to the study of politics and society, linking them with sociological and anthropological perspectives to provide a new understanding of one of the central problems of our time: the role of religion in society and domestic, international and transnational politics, and how religion is in turn shaped by global and local cultural, social, and political trends.

Each course has a distinctive core, with a unique pattern of modules (some year-long modules, some over a single term). In your first year there will be some required modules to develop your basic subject knowledge. The range of choice increases substantially in the second and third years, to allow you to follow your developing interests and strengths.

Teaching

We strongly believe that teaching and research should be closely related. All our teaching staff are 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 a diverse range of fields being explored by our staff.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations.  Forms of assessment may typically include written examinations and essays.

Location

As a capital city and home to a mix of people of hugely diverse backgrounds, London offers great opportunities to you as a student of religion. Many religious groups with very different beliefs, rituals and religious art exist on the Department’s doorstep.

Our central location on the King’s College London Strand Campus means we have access to unrivalled resources, such as 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.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Academic Methods in Theology and Religious Studies (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Sociology of Religion (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Anthropology of Religion (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Religion & Politics (15 credits)

You are also required to take two modules from a list that may typically include:

  • Introduction to Islam (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Jewish Thought & Practice (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Buddhism (15 credits)
Optional Modules

You are also required to take a further 30 credits from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Elements of Ethics (15 credits)
  • Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts (30 credits)
  • From Machiavelli to Bodin: Renaissance & Reformation Political Thought (15 credits)
  • Thinking about Evil (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Modern Christianity & Culture (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Early & Medieval Christianity & Culture (15 credits)

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take modules totalling 45 credits from a list that may typically include:

  • Religion in Ethnographic Perspective (15 credits)
  • Religion in International Relations (15 credits)
  • Leadership in Religion & Politics (15 credits)
  • Modern Islam I: History & Politics (15 credits)
  • Religious Differences: Jewish, Christian & Other Perspectives (15 credits)
Optional Modules

You are also required to take modules totalling 75 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • An Introduction to the Doctrine of the Person of Christ (15 credits)
  • Paul in Context (15 credits)
  • Religion, Culture & Society in Reformation Europe (15 credits)
  • Ritual in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (15 credits)
  • Salvation & the City: Christian Faith & the Arts (15 credits)
  • Applied Ethics (15 credits)
  • Philosophy & Film (15 credits)
  • The Bible in Modern Imagination (15 credits)
  • Theological Themes of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (15 credits)
  • ‘What is Christianity?’: Patristic Perspectives (15 credits)
  • Between Revolutions: British Christianity 1689–1860 (15 credits)
  • Faith & Enlightenment: Philosophies of Religion from Anselm to Kant (15 credits)
  • Buddhist Ethics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (30 credits)

Study Abroad

Full-time students have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities around the world in your second year. Our current partner universities include:

  • University of Helsinki
  • National University of Singapore
  • University of Toronto (semester one or full year only)
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Sydney
  • George Washington University
  • University of Auckland

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to take 30 credits from a list that may typically include:

  • The Anthropology of Dreams, Visions and Shamanism (15 credits)
  • Religion, Politics & Global Media (15 credits)
  • New Religious Movements in Global Perspective (15 credits)
Optional Modules

You are also required to take modules totaling 90 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Varieties of Religious Experience: Christianity in Britain 1850–1970 (15 credits)
  •  The English Reformation (15 credits)
  •  Exploring New Testament Theology I (15 credits)
  •  Hebrew Texts – Prose (15 credits)
  •  Special Questions in Social Ethics (15 credits)
  •  Principles of Systematic Theology (15 credits)
  •  Contemporary Thought in the Muslim World (15 credits)
  •  Law & Ethics in the Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament (15 credits)
  •  Women & Gender in the Bible (15 credits)
  •  European Jews & the Orient (15 credits
  •  The Search for Meaning (15 credits)
  •  Philosophy of Religious Life (15 credits)
  •  Theravada Buddhism (15 credits)
  •  Theology, Vulnerability & Culture: Shakespeare & Modernity (15 credits)
  •  Independent Study Project (30 credits), which should be in the study of religion from the perspectives of anthropology, sociology or politics

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore modules may change. 

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

None

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements


Entry requirements
A-Level  AAB  Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A 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.
Access to HE Diploma 

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U 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

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate 35 points including 6,6,5 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Important note for applicants: This is a pioneering degree, the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. Applicants are advised that we will not expect the personal statement on the UCAS application form to be tailored to this particular degree. As we expect candidates to apply to a range of subjects, we will look not for subject relevance in the personal statement; instead, we are interested in the intellectual coherence of the statement. We would encourage all candidates, therefore, to demonstrate why they would wish to study at university, what interests them and why, and what stimulates them intellectually.

We are looking for students with: open minds; a willingness to engage intellectually with their teachers and fellow students; a commitment to making the very most of the first-rate education we provide; a love of learning; enthusiasm for life at the very heart of one of the most exciting and ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the world. We welcome students of all faiths and none, including mature students, international students, and students with no previous qualifications in theology or religious studies.

Come to one of our Religious Literacy Days to learn more about our department and see whether you might feel at home at King’s. Please click here for more information.

Application deadline: January 15th 2020.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £19,800 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the course fees and the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

A Religion, Politics & Society degree at King’s will equip you with key transferable skills in critical analysis, argument 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 an Insight Manager at ISPUN, a Sales Executive at an Events company, a PR Assistant, a Research Ethics Co-ordinator at the National Research Ethics Service, a Researcher, at the Houses of Parliament, a Trainee Accountant, a Children/ Family Worker at Regents Trust, a Publishing Assistant at Allison and Busby, a Research Assistant at Tyndale House and a Company Director at a Musical Entertainment company.

Testimonials

Next steps

View our undergraduate prospectus

Learn more about undergraduate degree programmes at King's. Download or view our prospectus in PDF format.

Download prospectus

View online

Sound like the course for you?

Apply now

Explore King’s

Accommodation Take a look at our comfortable, safe residences to suit your budget, located close to King's teaching campuses.
Student life Art, food, music, shopping – you'll never find yourself with nothing to do in the world's most vibrant city.
Extra-curricular Discover the huge variety of extra-curricular opportunities at King’s, from MOOCs to language courses.
London living With four campuses by the River Thames and one in south London, King's is right in the heart of the capital.