UCAS code: V6Q3
Duration: 4 years
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Religious studies is a vibrant interdisciplinary field of study focusing on religious beliefs and practices and their relationship with the wider world. It is concerned with the concepts and emotions which underpin religious belief and practice, and with their role and function in culture and society. Religious studies deals with historical as well as contemporary material and is equally interested in the groups and individuals who practice religion as in the gods, deities, ancestors and spirits with whom they interact.
This joint honours programme brings together the vibrancy of the study of religions with the excitement of Scottish literature. It generates a cross-fertilisation of methods and materials in which literature is illuminated by religious ideas, and religion is mediated in texts from canonical writings of traditions from Buddhist sutras to the Hebrew bible, to classic and modern fiction. Reading and writing are key practices in both religion and Scottish literature. This programme introduces you to major examples of both and gives you the tools and critical skills to understand and interpret them.
You will study two compulsory religion courses, covering a range of contemporary international traditions, and Scottish Literature 1. You can also choose courses from other University subject areas.
You will study two compulsory religion courses, including one on theory and method in the study of religions, and Scottish Literature 2. You can also choose courses from other University subject areas.
You will continue to study one or more religious traditions in international and cross-cultural contexts and will take courses in literature at an advanced level.
You will choose further advanced courses and will complete a dissertation with academic supervision on a subject in either religious traditions or Literature with academic supervision.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
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Teaching takes place primarily in the School of Divinity, based in New College. You will also have access to all the University's libraries and computer facilities.
There is a varied range of opportunities to spend time abroad. For shorter periods, these include summer programmes and work abroad. During Year 3, you will also have the opportunity to study abroad on exchange for a whole semester or an entire year at a wide selection of leading global universities. These include Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands and Dartmouth College, United States, with which the School has ongoing relationships. Going abroad expands your horizons and is great fun, as well as bringing academic and career benefits.
Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and online learning.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including examinations, coursework, participation in seminars, presentation of your work and an honours dissertation.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Our graduates pursue a wide range of careers within a variety of settings, including the creative arts, non-governmental organisations, industry, finance, teaching, management, administration, government, counselling and the voluntary sector.
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We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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