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What can I do with my degree?: Theology and religious studies

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...

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Work experience

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.

Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.

Typical employers

Theology and religious studies graduates work in a variety of different roles in every employment sector. Typical employers include:

  • schools, colleges and universities - for teaching and research positions;
  • public and private sector organisations such as the National Health Service, financial and legal firms and government agencies - for administration, financial and general management positions.

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.

Find information on employers in teaching and education, healthcaresocial care, and other job sectors.

Skills for your CV

Studying both theology and religious studies gives you:

  • research, analysis and presentation skills;
  • the ability to interpret and synthesise information and formulate questions and solve problems;
  • the ability to understand the meaning of complex written documents;
  • organisational and time management skills;
  • teamworking and communication skills;
  • writing skills, including accurate referencing and the ability to construct a reasoned argument;
  • IT skills;
  • empathy and the ability to understand people and take on board others' views;
  • the ability to work methodically and accurately;
  • independence of mind and the ability to think for yourself.

Further study

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.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.

What do theology and religious studies graduates do?

The assumption that all religious studies graduates go on to work as clergy in the UK is something of an outdated stereotype. In fact, only a fifth follow this path.

Graduate destinations for theology and religious studies
Destinations Percentage
Employed 58.1%
Further study 23.6%
Working and studying 7.8%
Unemployed 5.4%
Other 5.1%
Types of work entered in the UK
Legal, social and welfare 27.7%
Retail, catering and bar work 14.1%
Secretarial and numerical clerks 10.3%
Education professionals 10.2%
Other 37.7%

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.

Written by AGCAS editors
October 2013

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