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BA (Hons) Religion

Discover a variety of religious cultures and traditions as you stimulate, challenge and evaluate the role and impact of religion in the contemporary world, and develop an empathic approach to cultural and religious sensitivity.

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      UCAS Code: V600
      Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Religion
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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      Raising vital questions about the world and how we understand it, this degree examines religion in its social and cultural contexts in the contemporary world. Focusing on living experiences of religion, you will study the beliefs, philosophies and practices of a range of religions, as well as exploring non-religious spiritualities. With an interdisciplinary focus and cutting-edge, research-informed teaching, you will develop knowledge and understanding of religious traditions and their local, national and global impacts. Whether you are religious or non-religious, this is an inclusive programme that will engage you with the world we live in as you explore religion through individual and collective identities, from race, ethnicity and disability to gender, sexuality and social position.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      In Year 1 you will be introduced to the study of religion at degree level. You will explore the beliefs and practices of major religious traditions, including Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, as well as studying non-religious spirituality and the rise in digital religion in the twenty-first century. One module enables you to see the interface of religion in a workplace setting while also gaining valuable work experience through a voluntary, self-organised work placement.

      In Year 2 you will undertake research in religious communities, investigate the role of religion in the public sphere, and examine the influence of the Bible in the modern world. You will explore the concept of the human body in relation to a variety of religious traditions, for example appearance, food and drink, health and fertility, as well as undertaking an in-depth study of Judaism and interrogating some of the reasoned philosophical arguments in the study of religion.

      An innovative feature of Year 3 of this degree is a specialist research study masterclass, where you will produce independent research under the guidance of a tutor. You will also examine contemporary Islam and Buddhism, non-religious expressions of spirituality such as paganisms, and some of the more challenging questions in the study of religion, including gender and sexuality.

      How will I study?

      The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Much of your time at university will be in a classroom setting with a focus on group work and discussion. These sessions will be complemented by field trips to religious communities and places of worship.

      How will I be assessed?

      You will be assessed through coursework which will include a combination of academic essays, reflective and creative portfolios, and technology-based assessments.

      There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

      Who will be teaching me?

      You will be taught by a team of highly qualified and research-active lecturers, many of whom have had work published in their specialist areas of expertise.

      The programme team are enthusiastic and passionate about the study of religion in the contemporary world.

      Guest speakers from diverse religious communities will also contribute to the delivery of the course, providing you with additional insight and fresh perspectives.

      A Great Study Environment

      Housed in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.

      Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies.

      The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.


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      Year 1

      Compulsory modules:

      REL1000Introduction to the Study of Religion (20 credits)

      Introduction to the Study of Religion provides an overview of the different methodological approaches to the study of religion. You will study the main attempts to define religion and to engage in the debates surrounding such definitions. You will engage in multi-disciplinary approaches to the idea of religion through the traditional fields of historical, anthropological, philosophical, sociological and textual studies. In addition, you will examine religion in more contemporary fields such as the visual arts, politics, environmentalism, psychology and gender.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL1001Introduction to the Sacred (20 credits)

      Introduction to the Sacred provides you with an opportunity to analyse concepts such as ‘religious experience’, ‘spirituality’, ‘revelation’ and ‘Mysticism’. The module draws on studies in psychology, anthropology, theology, esoteric philosophy and a range of wisdom traditions. It will provide you with a framework in which to investigate non-rational forms of knowing and the epistemology of religious experience.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL1003Eastern Dharma (20 credits)

      Eastern Dharma provides you with a philosophical and theological survey of the significant religious traditions of the east. You will focus on the Dharmic traditions emanating from India as the modules addresses the central aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism. You will also examine the interaction between individuals and communities in diverse and complex religious settings both globally and in modern Britain.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL1004Abrahamic Traditions (20 credits)

      Abrahamic Traditions provides you with a philosophical and theological survey of the significant religious traditions of the west, introducing the three major Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. By looking at core beliefs, practices and texts, the module examines key developments and shared aspects of the formation of the Abrahamic Traditions up to modern times. The module will also investigate the concept of a shared ‘Abrahamic Tradition’ and explore key similarities and differences between the three faiths through an exploration of selected themes such as ‘the Oneness of God’, ‘Salvation’ and ‘the Afterlife”.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL1005Digital Religion (20 credits)

      Digital Religion equips you with an appreciation and understanding of religious practice in new media worlds, including digital religion and social media settings. The module offers a comprehensive analysis of how age old religions and traditions operate and are recast in the contemporary digital culture in which we live. You will examine how new technologies influence and impact upon religious practice and also consider accessibility, the emergence of online religious identities and communities, and the interface between believers and digital technology. You will encounter questions related to religious authority, authenticity, community and ritual online.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL1006Religion in the Workplace (20 credits)

      Religion in the Workplace immerses you in the UK Equalities Act (2010) which recognises religion as a protected characteristic. In equality law, religion includes any religion and also no religion, meaning that employees or jobseekers are protected if they do not follow a certain religion or have no religion at all. Religious literacy is therefore an essential attribute to employability. On this module, you will explore the interface of religion, philosophy and ethics within workplace settings. These include, but are not limited to, the National Health Service (NHS), the civil service, journalism, teaching, marketing, banking, charity work, law, religious ministries, chaplaincy, and social, youth and community settings. These settings reflect the wide range of employment options available to graduates, and the intention is for you to think about your career options as well as gaining valuable work experience.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You have the option to learn a language and study Arabic, French, German, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied in Year 1 instead of REL1003 Eastern Dharma or REL1004 Abrahamic Traditions.

      TLC1010Language 1 (20 credits)

      TLC1010 Language 1 is ideal if you want to learn a new language, or further develop your current language skills, as an integrated element of your degree. You can study French, German, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish (subject to minimum numbers for your preferred language). Delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, the module will be taught in an interactive, communicative manner, using authentic materials in the target language. Emphasis will be placed on all four areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will play an active role in the weekly two-hour classes, engaging in role-plays, short conversations, videos, authentic texts and listening materials. You will also be encouraged to reflect on your own learning needs. On enrolment to the module, you will complete a language induction form and be placed into a language level group appropriate for your prior knowledge of your chosen language. Please note, while we will endeavour to accommodate varying language levels per module, this is not always possible. While you can join the module with some prior experience of your target language, you will not be able to study a language you are already fluent or proficient in.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Year 2

      Compulsory modules:

      REL2000Ethnography: Living with Religions (20 credits)

      Ethnography: Living with Religions draws upon the academic heritage of post-war religious studies and interpretative qualitative research. The module requires you to critically engage with religion as it is lived and experienced by practitioners. It presents religion as a plural and complex reality shaping the beliefs, practices and lifestyles of human beings locally and globally. You will explore the theory and practice of the critical study of religion through consideration of methodologies such as ethnography, phenomenology, post positivism and related ethical issues such as ‘representation’ in the field of the empirical study of religion. You will take part in a three day ethnographically oriented field work investigation to explore the practices of a religious community.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL2001The Bible in the Modern World (20 credits)

      The Bible in the Modern World introduces you to the various ways that biblical themes, images and characters have an enduring presence and influence within contemporary popular culture. By learning to analyse religious and biblical references found in music, film, TV, art, advertising and the media, you will discover that, even in today’s increasingly secular world, the Bible continues to both influence and be influenced by our cultural, political, and religious landscapes. You will explore key themes and passages in the Bible as a contemporary literary work and consider how it is used by society at large as a cultural artefact. You will explore how the Bible has been used by entertainers, politicians and others, assessing on the one hand how this has shaped Western society, while at the same time people’s understanding and interpretations of the Bible are shaped by popular culture.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL2002Religion, Belief and Reason (20 credits)

      Religion, Belief and Reason provides you with an introduction to some of the key debates in critical thinking that have shaped religious and atheistic thought. Perspectives from philosophy, psychology and critical social sciences will be investigated to provide you with the lens through which to explore the relationship between reason and religious belief. You will develop your critical thinking skills through an exploration of the central premises of theistic belief, reasoned philosophical argument in defence and in critique of religious belief through examination of the classical and modern versions of theistic proofs. You will consider the contributions of thinkers such as Aquinas, Kant, Descartes and Hume. The module also explores the contributions of psychoanalysis and social science to post-Enlightenment thinking about religion in order to consider claims about the irrational or ideological nature of religion.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL2003Judaism (20 credits)

      Judaism presents Judaism as a fascinating historical religion which has a variety of forms of expression in modern society. An understanding of Judaism as the foundational, Abrahamic, monotheistic faith is a fundamental pre-requisite of studying religion in the West.  You will explore religious thought within Judaism in order to understand its integrity and diversity and grasp its integrative role in relation to lifestyles, practices and ethics. You will also analyse the historical, social, philosophical, cultural and artistic role of Judaism in diverse contexts. The module provides perspectives of both practitioners and non-practitioners of Judaism, as well as exploring the tradition as plural, diverse, dynamic and evolving.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL2004Religion in the Public Sphere (20 credits)

      Religion in the Public Sphere recognises that religion has global social and political significance and influence. This module explores the intersection of religion as a living practice which shapes the lives of communities and individuals at a local, national and international level. You will explore some of the major debates about the role of religion in public life, through case studies of key issues, debate and discussion about the contested role of religion as an enduring force in the twenty first century. Issues of religious citizenship, the role of religion in welfare, and the relationship between race and religion will be explored in the context of a globalising and unstable geopolitical environment.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL2006Religion and the Body (20 credits)

      Religion and the Body offers an overview of how bodies have been celebrated, disciplined and modified in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and other spiritualities. Examining how bodies take on and perform religious practices, the module also explores how such presentations are conceptualised and represented in society and culture, including the media. The very nature of religious study, often tackled in terms of sacred texts, traditions and artefacts, is reshaped when the messy flesh and bone of human existence is examined. Moreover, the module engages with intersections of the human body, including youth/ageing, race/ethnicity, ability/disability and fat studies.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      If you studied a Language module in Year 1, or if you can demonstrate equivalent knowledge, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of REL2006 Religion and the Body.

      TLC2000Language 2 (20 credits)

      TLC2000 Language 2 enables you to build on and develop your previous language knowledge in French, German, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish. You must have either studied the prior language module in the previous year of your degree or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge of your target language (though you will not be able to study a language you are already fluent or proficient in). The language levels available will be determined by the continuation of corresponding groups from module TLC1010 Language 1. You will gain the language skills necessary to become a more proficient user of the language. Classes will be taught in an interactive and communicative manner using authentic materials to promote meaningful communication. They will be conducted in the target language as much as possible. Emphasis will be on speaking and listening, with appropriate attention also being paid to other communication skills. Other work will include a variety of tasks which may be completed in the Language Centre.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Year 3

      Compulsory modules:

      REL3000British Buddhism (20 credits)

      British Buddhism investigates Buddhism as both ancient and modern, global and local. The three jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha provide the lens through which Buddhism will be explored, enabling you to develop critical knowledge and understanding of Buddhist history, doctrine and practice. A variety of traditional and modern sources will be explored including sutras, biographies of the Buddha and iconography. Investigation of contemporary forms of Buddhism provide a special focus linked to a small scale fieldwork study exploring pluralism within modern western Buddhism.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL3005Issues in Contemporary Islam (20 credits)

      Issues in Contemporary Islam recognises that with competing constructs of Islam dominating the domestic and international news agenda, a thorough understanding of the complex issues facing Islam is an essential aspect of religious education. A range of popular, stereotypical images come to mind when considering Islam in its contemporary setting. Questions raised about Islam often parallel similar questions raised globally among Muslims themselves about the decline of Islam and its place in the modern world. This is especially true of questions around the nature of the modern secular state and the degree to which religion has a role within it, both in Muslim majority societies and those in which Muslims constitute a minority. This module draws upon empirical research and a wide range of critical literature to enable you to develop an in-depth and critically reflective awareness of the challenging issues that have impacted upon Muslims through recent history.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL3006Specialist Research Project in Religion (20 credits)

      Specialist Research Project in Religion provides an opportunity to reflect upon and expand your research skills through an introduction to research methods and methodology in religious studies and the completion of an extended research project. Following a number of masterclass-style lectures and tutorials on research methodology, as shown through the research conducted within the department, you will be supported in undertaking an independent piece of research which can be either conceptual or empirical. At the end of the module, you will present your research to an undergraduate seminar organised by the department in a form suitable for publication in a departmental undergraduate research journal.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL3007Gender, Sexuality and Christianity (20 credits)

      Gender, Sexuality and Christianity sensitively grapples with the issues of gender and sexuality within the Christian traditions. Exploring feminist and queer theologies, you will explore the complex relationship between Christianity and gender and sexuality. The justification for the churches’ positional statements about gender and sexuality are often grounded in traditional readings of scripture. This has led to questions of inclusivity of the churches. The module is informed by voices which have historically been marginalised, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex, offering a platform which demonstrates the ability for such stigmatised and silenced voices to think theologically about their own experiences.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL3008Contemporary Paganisms (20 credits)

      Contemporary Paganisms equips you with an understanding of various branches of Paganism and an awareness of some of its basic principles. The module examines how social media may influence and impact practices and accessibility and offers the opportunity to question various Pagan myths. You will encounter questions related to religious authority, authenticity, community and ritual and explore how Pagan identities are formed.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL3009Challenges and Controversies in Religion (20 credits)

      Challenges and Controversies in Religion recognises that contemporary society has seen the rise of a number of challenges to religion and religions. In a philosophical sense this includes the challenges of secularism, extremism, modernity and post-modernity. The module acknowledges the global nature of these challenges and focuses on religion and controversial issues. It will deepen your appreciation of the value of an ethnographic approach in understanding public controversies through case studies. The aim is to examine live issues that are being publicly aired during the academic year.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


      Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

      Example Offers

      Some examples of how you can achieve 104-112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

      • A Level: BCC-BBC;
      • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
      • T Level: Overall grade of Merit;
      • International Baccalaureate (IB): We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points;
      • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

      Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

      If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

      For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

      International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

      English Language Requirements

      International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

      If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

      Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

      If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

      Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      Upon successful completion of this degree you will be well placed to progress into a wide range of careers. These may include the National Health Service (NHS), the civil service, journalism, social/youth/community settings, marketing, banking, charity work, law or religious ministries.

      In an increasingly global economy, the skills of vision, creativity and religious sensitivity, which will be developed throughout the programme, will be at a premium and are highly sought after by employers.

      You may also wish to progress into teaching. This degree provides ideal preparation for a PGCE, particularly if you wish to train to teach religious education.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250 a year (subject to final Government approval). Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23 are £15,000 a year.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

      Financial Support

      Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at


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      Course Changes

      Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

      2nd March 2021 - Update to Example Offers

      Example offers updated to include the Education and Childcare T Level with an overall grade of Merit.

      19th February 2021 - Change of Modules

      REL2005 Religion and Culture (20 credits) removed as a compulsory module in Year 2. REL2002 Religion, Belief and Reason (20 credits) and REL2003 Judaism (20 credits) change from optional to compulsory in Year 2.

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