Religious Studies

The ability to understand individual and social beliefs and motivations.can be used to resolve conflicts and enhance communications in any workplace.

A degree in Religious Studies focuses on issues that involve values, ethics, power and morality, and their institutional and individual expressionism around the world.

Graduates are trained to grapple with the problems of colliding belief systems, and are wise to the ways in which conflict and good intentions can serve the interests of powerful institutions. Religious Studies teaches the critical evaluation of competing claims and methods of resolving these.

Where Religious Studies graduates work

Graduate destination surveys show that Religious Studies graduates work in a wide range of organisations both public and private, including central and local government, education, communications and writing, community and church-based organisations, management consultancy and conservation. Religious Studies graduates tend to be attracted to careers that involve social justice and values-based analysis of social issues. Religious Studies is an excellent major to combine with a range of subjects such as Law, Sociology, Development Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Social Policy and Management.

Skills Religious Studies students develop

Skills Religious Studies students develop include:

  • analytical and strategic thinking
  • leadership skills
  • problem solving skills
  • relationship management skills
  • people skills

To find out more about career possibilities for Religious Studies graduates see Career View and the School of Social and Cultural Studies.