School of Divinity

Graduate attributes

Ideas, texts, beliefs and actions: these are at the heart of theology and religious studies. Studying them gives you insight into humanity's history and its present, and develops key skills such as critical thinking and analytical writing.

On graduating with an honours degree in theology and religious studies, students are likely to be able to:

  • Communicate information, ideas, arguments, principles and theories, and develop an argument by a variety of means, for example essays of various lengths and dissertations which are clearly and effectively organised and presented
  • Communicate information, ideas, principles and theories and develop an argument effectively by appropriate oral and visual means, and relate materials to an intended audience
  • Identify, gather and analyse primary data and source material, whether through textual studies or fieldwork
  • Attend to, reproduce accurately, reflect on and interact with the ideas and arguments of others
  • Engage with empathy, integrity and critical reflection with the convictions and behaviours of others
  • Work collaboratively as a member of a team or group in a way which allows each individual's talents to be utilised effectively
  • Undertake independent or self-directed study or learning (including time management) and reflect on one's strengths and weaknesses as a learner
  • Make discriminating use of a full range of resources in order to identify appropriate source material, compile bibliographies, inform research and enhance presentations
  • Use technology and computer skills to identify appropriate source material and data, support research, and enhance presentations
  • Show independence in thought, and critical self-awareness about one's own outlook, commitments and prejudices

Career options for Theology and Religious Studies graduates include lawyers, teachers, academics, civil servants, business analysts, politicians, social workers, charity workers, journalists and religious ministers.