Religions and Theology

Our course

Religions and Theology at Manchester offers you the opportunity to engage with a broad range of traditions and beliefs, covering all periods up to the present day.

We offer one of the widest ranges of courses on offer at any British university. You can study ancient Hebrew, Greek, or Sanskrit, learn about Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Islamic traditions, pursue an interest in the Bible or Christian theology, or discover the different approaches to religion offered by sociology, anthropology and philosophy.

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Entry requirements

A Levels: ABB, not including General Studies

GCSE: English Language at minimum grade C or 4

Course content

Whether or not you have a religious background, the study of the beliefs, philosophies, practices, policies, ethics and values which have defined our civilisations over hundreds of years provides insight into one of the most fascinating aspects of the human psyche.

You’ll explore topics crucial to understanding the shape of our current multicultural society – from religion, culture and gender to Holocaust theory, from sacred spaces to apocalyptic expectation.

Studying in one of the most religiously-diverse and dynamic cities in the UK, you will have the opportunity to engage with living religious traditions in a contemporary context.

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Reasons for studying

This highly flexible degree allows you to choose subjects from the full range of traditions and topics taught in Religions and Theology, putting you firmly in charge of your studies. You can concentrate on one specific subject area, or tailor your course to your interests by combining units in multiple subject areas.

Degrees in Religions and Theology provide some of the best compliment of skills to prepare for the working world – our graduates generally do not go on to become clergy. In an Religions and Theology degree, you will learn presentation skills, critical thinking, cultural sensitivity, how to analyse textual information and present it in a digestible fashion, team working skills and have a real insight into globalisation and super-diversity in the human communities.

Graduates with knowledge and understanding of different cultural and religious beliefs are highly valued by many employers. The investigative, analytical and interpretative skills developed through your study will equip you with the confidence and know-how you need to engage fully with a contemporary, multicultural society across a breadth of career destinations.

Advice to applicants

We look for students who:

•    Have a thirst to consider the deeper questions regarding human existence.

•    Who want to learn how to think critically.

•    Wish to explore the exciting and powerful diversity of religious tradition.

•    Want to gain an appreciation for how pivotal religious belief and philosophical commitments are to the political sphere.

•    Want to explore why religion is perhaps the most controversial and personal aspect of social identity.

•    Want to understand why getting to grips with religious belief is such an important key in appreciating cultural diversity and, by extension, why it is quite possibly the most central component in promoting social cohesion and connected communities.

•    Want to have their own views challenged so they can gain a better understanding of how human social dynamics work.