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Theology, Religion & Culture BA

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Overview

This new and diverse degree is designed to stimulate critical thinking and the exploration of the cultural and intellectual riches of religious traditions.

You will explore the roots of Abrahamic traditions through close interpretation of texts and by studying the immense and diverse impact they have on the history of this country and the wider world.

This degree is taught in a vibrant department situated in the heart of London, where you can make sure of London’s rich religious culture.

 

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 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 V610

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

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Description

Western culture has for 1,700 years been greatly influenced by one religion above all: Christianity. It is impossible to understand fully the history, society, politics, and arts of Europe, and its influence on the world, without knowledge of it. In this degree we explore the vibrant and multifaceted dimensions of Western Christianity: its core texts, particularly the Bible, its theologies, the cultures that have shaped it, and its impact on cultural life. We travel from ancient Israel to the early churches, from medieval mystics to Victorian philanthropists, from high art to blockbuster films, exploring issues of faith and belief. You have an option of learning ancient languages (Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek). You can carry out independent research, supervised by one of our team of experts. By taking modules from the wider offerings in the department, you can study philosophy, ethics, social sciences and/or other religions.

The degree follows a journey from foundational to specialised subjects. It is designed to allow you to develop critical thinking and will appeal particularly to those who have an interest not only in theology or religious studies but also in history, material culture, the arts or literature.

Each course has a distinctive core, with a unique pattern of modules – some year-long and some over a single term). You will be required to take certain modules, mostly in the first year, while the range of options increases substantially in the second and third years, to suit your developing individual interests and strengths.

TEACHING STYLE

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.

ASSESSMENT

Methods of assessment vary between modules, but typically involve the submission of some coursework (usually an essay) and a written examination, and a few modules are assessed through only one of these methods.

LOCATION

As a capital city, home to a mix of people of hugely diverse backgrounds, London will offer you tremendous opportunities as a student of religion. Numerous religious groups with very different beliefs, rituals and religious art exist nearby. Our central location means we have access to such unrivalled resources 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. This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules that 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:

  • Study Skills (15 credits)     

 

Optional Modules

You are also required to take modules totalling 45 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Theology & Culture: Christian Perspectives (15 credits)
  • How Christians Argue (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (15 credits)
  • New Testament: Origins, Contexts & Meanings (15 credits)
  • Turning Points: An Introduction to the History of Christianity in England 1500–1900 (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Early and Medieval Christianity & Culture (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Modern Christianity & Culture (15 credits)
  • Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts (30 credits)

You are also required to take modules totalling 60 credits from the optional modules listed above or below which may typically include: 

  • Introduction to Islam (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Jewish Thought & Practice (15 credits)
  • Elements of Ethics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Religion & Politics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Sociology of Religion (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Anthropology of Religion (15 credits)
  • Constancy & Creativity: Jewish Interpretations of Tradition (15 credits)
  • Philosophical Texts in Historical Contexts (15 credits)
  • Thinking about Evil (15 credits)Introduction to the Anthropology of Religion (15 credits)• Constancy & Creativity: Jewish Interpretations of Tradition (15 credits)• Philosophical Texts in Historical Contexts (15 credits)• Thinking about Evil (15 credits)

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take 45 credits worth of modules from the following list which may typically include:

  • Salvation & the City: Christian Faith & the Arts (15 credits)
  • The Bible in the Modern Imagination (15 credits)
  • Ritual in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (15 credits)
  • Theological Themes of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (15 credits)
  • Paul in Context (15 credits)
  • ‘What is Christianity?’ Patristic Perspectives (15 credits)
  • Religion, Culture & Society in Reformation Europe (15 credits)
  • Martin Luther & the German Reformation (15 credits)
  • Between Revolutions: British Christianity 1689–1860 (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Doctrine of the Person of Christ (15 credits)
  • The Trinity in Recent Theology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (30 credits)
  • Intermediate Greek with Texts (15 credits)
  • New Testament Greek & Exegesis A (15 credits)
  • New Testament Greek & Exegesis B (15 credits)
Optional Modules

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

  • Philosophy & Film (15 credits)
  • Ethics, Philosophy & Literature (15 credits)
  • Faith & Enlightenment: Philosophies of Religion from Anselm to Kant (15 credits)
  • Leadership in Religion & Politics (15 credits)
  • Religion in Different Social & Geopolitical Contexts – Anthropological Perspectives (15 credits)
  • Religious Difference: Jewish, Christian & Other Perspectives (15 credits)
  • Modern Islam I: History & Politics (15 credits)
  • Buddhist Ethics (15 credits)

 

In addition, if you are studying full-time you will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities around the world in your second year, which currently include:

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

Year 3

There are no required modules in year three.
Required Modules

You will be required to take at least 60 credits from the following list of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • The English Reformation (15 credits)
  • Theology, Vulnerability & Culture: Shakespeare and Modernity (15 credits)
  • Law & Ethics in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (15 credits)
  • Jesus in Context (15 credits)
  • Exploring New Testament Theology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls (15 credits)
  • Varieties of Religious Experience: Christianity in Britain 1850–1970 (15 credits)
  • Principles of Systematic Theology (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Theology & Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Hebrew Texts: Prose (15 credits)
Optional Modules

Students then select further modules (60 credits) to bring their total credits to 120 for the year from a range of options, which may typically include:

  • Philosophy of Religious Life (15 credits)
  • Special Questions in Social Ethics (15 credits)
  • The Anthropology of Dreams, Visions & Shamanism (15 credits)
  • Theravada Buddhism (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Thought in the Muslim World (15 credits)
  • European Jews & the ‘Orient’ (15 credits)
  • The Search for Meaning (15 credits)
  • Religion, Politics & Global Media (15 credits)
  • Independent Study Project (Dissertation) (30 credits)

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 offered may change. We suggest you keep a eye on the course finder on our website for updates. 

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

No compulsory subjects.

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

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 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 2019/20 (September 2019) 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 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 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

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

In addition to 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.

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Career prospects

Our students develop key transferable skills in critical analysis, argumentation and communication that are indispensable in a wide variety of occupations. 

Career destinations

Equipping you with important and valuable transferable skills in critical analysis, argumentation and communication that are indispensable in a wide variety of occupations, the Theology, Religion and Culture degree particularly opens doors 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, heritage conservation, the church and other religious organisations. Recent graduates have found employment as an Insight Manager at ISPUN, a Sales Executive at an events company, a PR Assistant at a PR Company, a Research Ethics Co-ordinator at the National Research Ethics Service, a Researcher at the Houses of Parliament, a Trainee Accountant at an Accountancy Firm, 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.

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