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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Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

It's important to get relevant work experience to boost your employability prospects. Talk to professionals in the field you're interested in, and consider the different types of placements and work available.

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.

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 required.

Try to become involved with your local community if you'd like a role that involves working with people or look for work with charity and volunteer organisations.

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

Typical employers

As a theology and religious studies graduate, you could 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.

Find information on employers in teaching training and education, healthcare, social care, and other job sectors.

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. You'll 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.

Further study

You may choose to increase your 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.

Or depending on the career you want, you may need to take a vocational postgraduate course in an area such as teaching, journalism, librarianship or law.

Postgraduate courses are also available in subjects such as marketing, finance, human resource management or business/management, so think about which direction you’d like your career to take.

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 school teachers.

DestinationPercentage
Employed51.4
Further study30.9
Working and studying7.7
Unemployed5.7
Other4.3
Graduate destinations for theology and religious studies
Type of workPercentage
Legal, social and welfare25.7
Retail, catering and bar work15
Business, HR and financial9.3
Childcare, health and education work7.7
Other42.3
Types of work entered in the UK

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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