Studying theology and religious studies allows you to explore how religious beliefs and practices shape and influence the world we live in
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Advice worker
- Charity fundraiser
- Civil Service administrator
- Community development worker
- Editorial assistant
- Newspaper journalist
- Police officer
- Youth worker
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
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. Some courses will include a placement module, where you can complete a research project and experience working life.
Talk to professionals in the field you're interested in and consider work placements, paid evening and weekend work, voluntary work or work shadowing.
For example, if you want to get into teaching, you will need to have a minimum of two weeks' experience working in a school with children of the age you want to teach. This will show you have the skills and motivation to teach.
If you're 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.
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 (NHS)
- PR, advertising, sales and marketing companies
- media companies.
Skills for your CV
Studying theology and religious studies gives you a thorough understanding of the major world religions, their historical development and their relationship with the world we live in . Through exploring all aspects of theology, ministry and religious studies, you gain insight into the theological, ethical, cultural, political and philosophical issues of religion.
You also develop skills that are valued by employers in a range of sectors. These include:
- research, analysis and presentation skills
- critical thinking skills and the ability to interpret information, formulate questions and solve problems
- 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.
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, ethics and religious conflict.
Others choose to take a vocational postgraduate course in areas such as teaching, journalism, librarianship or law.
You can also take further study in areas such as marketing, finance, human resource management or business/management in order to enhance your 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 for postgraduate courses in theology and religious studies.
What do theology and religious studies graduates do?
Almost a sixth of theology and religious studies graduates in employment in the UK are working as clergy. Many go on to further study, with 16% continuing to study theology and religious studies, while a further 14% are training to become secondary teachers.
|Working and studying||7.7|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Legal, social and welfare||25.7|
|Retail, catering and bar work||15|
|Business, HR and financial||9.3|
|Childcare, health and education work||7.7|
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.