Religious Studies

Employability

A degree in Religious Studies will provide you the opportunity to develop key skills that graduate level employers will want from you in the future. These include the ability to manage your time effectively and work to clear deadlines, to communicate clearly in writing and orally (including experience of doing public presentations), and to absorb ideas from a wide range of different sources, organise these into some meaningful pattern, and develop your own critical discussion of them.

But in addition to this, Religious Studies also has particular value in terms of the kind of material you engage with through our programme. Studying religious ideas, practices and lives requires you to develop an empathic understanding of perspectives that may seem quite strange or different to your own. In multi-cultural and multi-faith societies, this kind of empathy is essential for being able to work constructively with people’s varied ways of thinking and living. Our undergraduate programme is one of the strongest in the UK in helping you to think about the significance of a range of different forms of religion and the sacred in relation to contemporary society, and seeks to address these questions in a direct way.

Staff and students within the Religious Studies Department also have an excellent track record of a range of research and consultancy activities with leading international and national organisations, including the United Nations, the British Museum, the British Council and the National Union of Students. This means that people involved in teaching you have a very clear idea of what it means to think about religion in a way that is relevant to organizations outside of the academic world. This shapes the issues you get taught about and the way that you are encouraged to think about them.

As a result of the breadth of the training experience you get through taking a degree in Religious Studies, we find that our graduates go on to a wide range of professions including human resources, journalism and media, law, marketing and public relations, social work, teaching, and work in the voluntary sector.  Many students go onto further study, by undertaking a Master's or PhD in various subjects, PGCEs, and the Graduate Diploma in Law.

Academic Opportunities

TH643: Religious Studies and Philosophy in the Classroom

This Stage 3 module will provide you with the opportunity to combine an academic course with work experience, so you can also gain credits towards your degree. You will be placed at a secondary school which will give you an insight into a teaching career option.

Placements in a school environment will enhance your employability opportunities as you will acquire a range of skills. When recruiting new graduates, employers look for additional assets graduates have gained and that are of value to their organisation. They also look for evidence of skills and experiences that make you different from other graduate applicants.

By undertaking this module you will:

  • Develop a range of skills including work related skills demanded by graduate employers
  • Improve your confidence levels
  • Develop your employability

Enrol on the module as normal, but final admission will be via informal interviews during the spring term. Please contact Yadira Ross (y.ross@kent.ac.uk) as soon as you sign up as places are limited.

 

 

 

Religious Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 827159 or email Religious Studies

Last Updated: 09/08/2016