Year 1

Compulsory modules:

Introduction to Biblical Studies (20 credits)

This module aims to give students an introduction to Hebrew Bible and New Testament from the perspective of academic Biblical Studies. Topics covered relate to the historical background to these texts; questions of authorship, dating, and original audience; literary relationships between biblical books; the historicity of the biblical narratives; different theological interpretations of the events the Bible describes; and the relationship between academic and confessional approaches.

Introduction to Islam (20)

This module introduces students to the core elements of Islamic faith and practice with reference to the key Islamic sources and methods of religious thought. It summarises the development of Islamic thought, and the current state of Islam in majority and minority situations.

Introduction to the History of Christianity (20)

This module introduces students to the history of Christianity from the early church to the present, with particular focus on schisms and denominational histories including Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, the early and later Protestant Reformation, non-conformist churches, and the Pentecostal and Charismatic movement of the twentieth century.

Introduction to the Study of Religion (20)

This module surveys wider theories and debates in sociology, cultural studies and anthropology as a basis for the study of religion, focussing especially on the social and cultural analysis of religion.

Widening Horizons Module (20)

You will need to choose a module that is of interest to you from outside Theology and Religion. There will be a fair at the beginning of the academic year, which you attend in order to make your choice of a module.

Example optional modules may include: 

  • Defining Jews, Jewishness and Judaism(s) (10)

  • Introduction to the Study of the Holocaust (10)

  • Themes in Christian Theology (10)