Study of Religion

University of Oxford
In Oxford

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Oxford
Start Different dates available
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Oxford
  • Start:
    Different dates available

In many cases, you will study the early doctrines and practices of religious traditions in their historical contexts, engaging with primary source texts in English translation, but you may also opt to study the modern variations of a particular religion, or a set of religious practices or institutions in the contemporary world. The Oxford tutorial system applies to post-graduate study in this course, so you are encouraged to develop your particular interests in conversation with your tutors.Each of these traditions has an internationally-recognised research centre, institute, or outstanding cluster of scholars in Oxford. This typically means that you are not only taught by specialists in your chosen tradition, but also have access to a variety of specialist libraries and collections.

Where and when
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Wellington Square, OX1 2JD, Oxfordshire, England
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Starts Different dates available
Wellington Square, OX1 2JD, Oxfordshire, England
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What you'll learn on the course


Course programme

Assessment typically consists of:

  • a single three-hour exam on the nature of religion;
  • two essays of up to 5,000 words on topics relating to a single religious tradition;
  • a dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a topic relating to a second religious tradition - if you are intending to proceed to doctoral study this is normally used as a foundation for future research); and
  • an oral examination (viva voce) on your dissertation and essay research topics and wider knowledge of the study of religion.

The choice of essay and dissertation topics is decided by the student, subject to advice from the supervisor and final approval. 

Students who leave the University of Oxford with graduate degrees in theology enter a variety of careers all around the world. Over half of those who gain an MSt or MPhil proceed to further, usually doctoral, study. Most of the others secure employment as, for example, school teachers, civil servants, parliamentary research assistants or staff members of (or researchers at) non-governmental organizations that work on issues pertaining to religion in public life.

Changes to the course

The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.

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