What can I do with a degree in .... Religious Studies?

 

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Dalai Lama

 

INTRODUCTION

This section has been written for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Religious Studies and related subjects at the University of Kent. It attempts to give a brief answer to the question: "What can I do with my degree?”

Although your main interest may be in how to make the best use of your degree subject, there are many issues which are common to all undergraduates and postgraduates planning their careers. Some of these are covered in our Choosing a Career pages which will also help you to assess your strengths, weaknesses, interests, abilities and skills in order to relate career options to what you want from your career.

WHAT SKILLS HAVE I GAINED ON MY COURSE?

Here are some examples of the transferable skills developed as a result of studying Religious Studies. They are not limited to your academic study and can be applied to other contexts. Employers' job vacancy details often refer to them when they advertise the positions available. They can also be used on the skills sections of your CV to demonstrate the broad range of qualities you have to offer.

In Heaven:

The cooks are French,
the policemen English,
the mechanics German,
the lovers Italian,
and the bankers are Swiss.

In Hell:

The cooks are English,
the policemen German,
the mechanics French,
the lovers Swiss,
and the bankers are Italian.

 

To the many employers who recruit graduates in any discipline, these skills will be more important than the actual subject of your degree.

JOBS WHERE A RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEGREE MAY BE USEFUL

Religious Studies graduates move into a variety of careers: law, travel, advertising, human resources, diplomacy, publishing, journalism, the media and teaching. Many go on to do postgraduate study or professional training, sometimes after a period of employment. The AGCAS ‘Options with Theology and Religious Studies’ leaflet www.prospects.ac.uk/options_religious_studies_your_skills.htm should be read in conjunction with this information

Secondary school teacher
You will need a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) to teach in State schools. Religious Studies can sometimes be one of the most popular PGCE courses so early application (in October or November for entry the following September) is advised. See the Teaching Links section of this site for more information.

Charity Officer
A charity officer works for, or is a trustee of, a charitable organisation. The job title can refer to personnel in several roles within a charity. In larger organisations, the role may focus on a specific area, such as project management, business development, finance, marketing, public relations, fundraising or volunteer management. www.prospects.ac.uk/charity_officer_job_description.htm

Advice Worker
Advice workers provide free, impartial and confidential advice and information to their clients on a wide range of issues. Some act as general advisers covering legal and financial topics such as debt, housing, employment, welfare and education. Others specialise in just one area and offer expert advice. This will usually be in a topic that requires in-depth knowledge such as immigration or homelessness. www.prospects.ac.uk/advice_worker_job_description.htm

Counsellor
Counsellors help people to explore feelings and emotions that are often related to their experiences. This allows their clients to reflect on what is happening to them and consider alternative ways of doing things. Working in a confidential setting, counsellors listen attentively to their clients and offer them the time, empathy and respect they need to express their feelings and perhaps understand themselves from a different perspective. A pre entry qualification in counselling is more or less essential. www.prospects.ac.uk/counsellor_job_description.htm

Civil Service
Graduates joining the Civil Service Fast-Stream are involved in a wide variety of tasks, such as researching and analysing policy options, drafting material that will be used as the basis for new legislation, supporting Ministers in parliamentary work and the management of their departments and liaising with outside organisations. www.prospects.ac.uk/links/CivServAdmin

You can find a list of all the main jobs open to graduates of any subject by clicking here

"Nietzsche is dead!" - God

Mosquito - designed by God to make flies seem better.

Two rights don't make a wrong, they make an aeroplane!

Two wrongs don't make a right - but three lefts do!

Religions are just different paths up the same mountain.

Zen is nothing.

POSTGRADUATE STUDY

Postgraduate study may enable you to explore aspects of religious studies in greater depth or to study a new subject. As noted above, a postgraduate qualification, either academic or vocational, is required to enter many fields of work related to philosophy. You should consider why you want to do postgraduate work, whether it will affect your career prospects and whether you are likely to get funding. There is no equivalent of UCAS for postgraduate study, so investigate courses early, starting with the Postgraduate Study section of this website and the Prospects website. If you are already a student on a taught Masters degree, you may wish to continue your studies by research, in the UK (at Kent or elsewhere) or overseas. Again, early planning is important. You should seek advice from your supervisor as to the possible options.

The destination statistics below reflect all types of combinations available.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES – ALL UK GRADUATES

This is what Religious Studies students do immediately after they graduate.

 

Examples of destinations of recent Kent graduates in single and joint honours Religious Studies  

Business and Finance Sector
Capital, Hearts, Heap
Trainee Pensions Adviser
Reed
Recruitment Consultant
Canada Life
Customer Service Administrator
Education Sector
Chilham St. Mary's CEP Sch
Teaching Ass't
International House
English Teacher
Maplesden Noakes School
Teacher (Graduate Teacher Programme)
Health and Social Care 
Pastoral Ass't
The Parish of Old St Pancras
Addiction
Project Administrator
Public Sector
Kent County Council
Social Worker
Government Office East Midlands
Policy Manager
Surrey County Council
Library Assistant
Retail Sector
Ernest Jones
Sales Associate
Marks and Spencer
Sales Assistant
Postgraduate study
University of Oxford
MA Education
University of Kent
MA Logical Thought and Reasoning
Canterbury Christ Church University
MA Social Work
Univ. College Plymouth St. Mark & St. John
PGCE Religious Educ'n
Greenwich Univ.
PGCE Primary Educ'n
Univ. of Brighton
PGCE Secondary RE

 

Full destinations of all University of Kent Graduates (1999-present) can be found at http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/fdrbases/destinations.htm    

LONGER-TERM PROSPECTS

Here are some examples of what Kent Religious Studies graduates are doing many years after graduation.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES LINKS - Useful Websites

Last fully updated 2013