BA (Hons) Theology4D52

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
  • Studying theology enables you space and skills to ask the biggest questions of existence. Is there a God? Does anything matter? What should we do? In an increasingly turbulent world the importance of these questions is vital. Most social, political or cultural movements either explicitly or implicitly address theological questions.

    Our theology degree combines the core theological disciplines of biblical study, systematic theology and religious history in dialogue with ethics and science, sociology, psychology, social policy and law. Students will explore the beliefs, practices and values of people around the world, all the while asking theoretical questions and examining practical implications, looking behind social movements and powers to understand how they reflect onto their own and others part in society. Pushing the academic into practical work, it will give you the opportunity for national and international placements, mission and ministry.

    Students develop critical skills and ethical reasoning applicable to a wide variety of careers options. The range of placement options available is intended to stretch students so that they develop the ability to relate to a range of different people in varying and stimulating contexts.

    Our theology degree examines the development, basis and rationale of Christianity and its position in the modern world. Theology is a demanding subject asking questions of you and the world in which you live. Theology does not teach you just a list of facts but how to think. Religion remains an incredibly prevalent and important factor in the daily reality of billions of people; through developing critical reasoning, textual analysis with pastoral skill, this course is for students who want to develop a holistic understanding of themselves and the social, economic environment they inhabit.

    Students will explore a broad range of interdependent subjects, developing an understanding of how cultural and religious considerations influence social issues, providing the skills and from this, developing their own ideas and practices. Taught in small classes, students will finish their degree with a variety of skills and abilities including being ethically conscious, aware of social justice principles and human rights laws and trained in conflict resolution and the pursuit of peace. In addition students will graduate with a deep understanding of self and the ability to empathise with how theology affects others personally and in the community. This is a new course starting in 2017 and is currently subject to validation.

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1st Year
  • Religious history
  • Understanding research ethics; theory and method
  • Faith in the modern world
  • Introduction to social policy
  • Biblical studies
  • Systematic theology
2nd Year
  • Science and religion
  • Contextual theologies
  • Peace making
  • Human rights law
  • What is philosophy?
  • Inter-professional practice safeguarding
  • Digital sociology
  • Mission and development
3rd Year
  • Empirical project
  • Great theological and philosophical thinkers
  • Conflict and conflict resolutions
  • Dissertation
  • Social psychology of taphonomy
  • Theology and culture
  • The ethical professional
  • Community psychology
  • Educational leadership
  • Global social policy

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Students with a theology degree gain skills in having a critical and objective view of a subject, allowing the opportunity to continue a long standing discussion regarding the connection of religion and social and culture issues. They are well equipped to work in a variety of different roles in a range of employment sectors, these include:

  • National and local government, including the Civil Service and government agencies, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs);
  • Schools, colleges and universities (for teaching and research positions);
  • Charities, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations;
  • Social services and other caring professions;
  • The church and other religious organisations;
  • Financial and legal firms;
  • The National Health Service;
  • PR, advertising, sales and marketing companies;
  • Media companies.


Course Leader

This theology degree is led by David Lundie, whose expertise is religious education in school settings. David will be supported by Marjon's own dynamic chaplaincy team led by Nick Griffin and multi-denominational communities from across the South West.