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

Studying theology and religious studies allows you to explore how religious beliefs and practices shape and influence the world we live in

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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 and 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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Typical employers

Theology and religious studies graduates work in a variety of different roles in a range of employment sectors. Typical employers 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.

Libraries, charities, museums, 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, healthcare, social 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. Areas of research include theology, religion and culture, and religious conflict. Vocational postgraduate courses in areas such as teaching, journalism, librarianship or law are also available.

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?

More than half of theology and religious studies graduates are in work six months after graduation. Around one in six employed in the UK are working as clergy.

Graduate destinations for theology and religious studies
Destinations Percentage
Employed 56.8%
Further study 22.6%
Working and studying 8.5%
Unemployed 5.2%
Other 7.0%
Types of work entered in the UK
Legal, social and welfare 24.0%
Retail, catering and bar work 14.9%
Education professionals 12.2%
Childcare, health and education work 8.6%
Other 40.3%

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 2015

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