Our current and previous students talk about why they chose the University of Birmingham and their experiences of studying their chosen degree course.
Nabila Shah (Theology and Islamic Studies Joint honours)
Studying any degree course at Birmingham University is a fantastic experience. There are plenty of opportunities available to engage with other students, in terms of your degree course and by joining any of the numerous clubs and societies, even for students who live at home and come in daily.
Another great thing about the University is the environment. The campus is unbelievably spacious and green, with some beautiful buildings. The Theology and Religion Department is the highlight of it all.
There are so many thought-provoking modules which are on offer, with all major religions covered. It’s tantalisingly difficult to narrow down your choices! Module Tutors are very helpful and encouraging; they are always ready to address any questions or issues you may have. You are also allocated a Personal Tutor, who provides an extra source of support. You soon get to know the people on your course, and by the end of your first semester, you feel that you are part of a family!
(Theology and Classical Languages and Literature Joint honours)
I grew up in the city, and returned to Birmingham to study because I knew the city well – I knew it would be an interesting and stimulating place to be. I also remembered the university’s beautiful leafy campus and architecture. The Theology department was a major part of my decision too, because I felt it had the right balance of subject choice and depth.
Students are taught by some of the leading academics in each field, and also have the ability to construct their own broad degrees out of inter-related topics. At the same as having a wide scope, the department feels friendly and helpful. In many ways I get the best of both worlds, with some small teaching groups and independent projects for closer attention, and some large lectures which feel more dynamic. The same is true on a wider level: because Birmingham has such a wide range of departments and very active student societies, you end up meeting people from all over and participating considerably in the life of the university.
Samuel Sanders (Theology BA)
I think the first thing everyone notices about the university is the campus, with its bright red brick architecture and its green and well kept centre, which is always a hotspot for revision during the summer. The Theology department at the University of Birmingham offers a wide selectionof modules, and that along with the academic expertise of the staff means that whatever particular interest in religion you may have, whether it be theological, sociological or historical, you will be able to follow that particular interest more often than not.
There's an excellent relationship between the staff and the students, with the emphasis being placed on viewing students more as colleagues and peers, which is of course easier in such a compact department where it’s so much easier to speak to the staff and get to know them.