Studying theology and religious studies means exploring the beliefs, practices, values and doctrines of people around the world. See what jobs this can lead to...
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
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It's important to get relevant work experience to boost your employability prospects. This experience shows employers that you're committed and also helps you decide on whether a particular career is right for you.
Talk to professionals in the field you're interested in and consider work placements, paid evening/weekend work, voluntary work or work shadowing.
If you are thinking about work in religious ministry, talk to local spiritual leaders and get involved in the life of your religious community to find out more about what's involved.
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Theology and religious studies graduates work in a variety of different roles in every employment sector. Typical employers include:
Additionally, theology and religious studies students may find opportunities in advertising, human resources (HR), marketing and sales. Libraries, charities, television companies and publishing houses also employ theology and religious studies graduates in a range of roles.
Studying both theology and religious studies gives you:
Some graduates choose to increase their knowledge of religion/theology through a postgraduate qualification such as a Masters or PhD. Popular subjects include contextual theology, biblical studies and the history of religion. Vocational postgraduate courses in areas such as teaching, journalism, librarianship or law are also popular.
Other graduates choose to undertake further study in areas such as marketing, finance, human resource management or business/management in order to enhance their knowledge of a specific career area.
The assumption that all religious studies graduates go on to work as clergy in the UK is something of an outdated stereotype. Instead, there's a broad variety of professions they go into, with these coming at the top:
|Working and studying||9.8%|
|Legal, social and welfare||29.3%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||14.1%|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||11.9%|
|Caring and education work||9.4%|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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