Programme Code: V627BA/CR
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
Who is this programme for?:
This degree is for students who seek to broaden their understanding of the world by studying the social, political, cultural and historical forces contained in religious traditions.
- We are looking for applicants who believe that religions are important to think about, whether or not they are religious themselves.
- We welcome all applicants whether they have previously focused in religions in their education or not.
- We offer widely transferable skills and insights that unlock a broad range of career trajectories, from media and consulting to teaching and development work, among others.
- Our graduates have gone on to employment in global businesses, media companies, universities, government institutions, development organisations, religious institutions, schools, museums, libraries, and more.
At SOAS we study religions because they are powerful and enduring forces in all societies at all times. They give insight into human values, identities, and histories like no other aspect of culture.
The study of religions at SOAS offers:
- a unique combination of core subject knowledge with regional expertise
- a wide range of traditions that is second to no other programme in the UK or worldwide
- the opportunity to specialise in a tradition of your choice
- a comprehensive set of disciplinary skills and insights for studying human histories and cultures through religious thought and practice.
Studying religions is for all who seek to further global understanding while attaining a world of graduate employment opportunities.
To connect the Study of Religions to a specific language, area, or discipline, the Department offers joint degrees with the following subjects:
3-Year Combined Degrees
African Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, Georgian, History, History of Art/Archaeology, International Relations, Japanese Studies, Law, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Persian, Politics, Social Anthropology, South East Asian Studies.
3 or 4-Year Combined Degrees
(include an optional year abroad)
Burmese, Indonesian, South Asian Studies, Thai, Tibetan, Vietnamese.
4-Year Combined degrees
(include a mandatory year abroad)
Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Swahili, Turkish.
Key Information Set Data
Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.
May be combined with:
- African Studies, VT65 BA/SRAF
- Arabic+, TV66 BA/SRA
- Burmese++, TVH6 BA/SRBU
- Chinese+, TV16 BA/SRCH
- Development Studies, LV96 BA/DevStSR
- Economics, LV16 BA/SREC
- Georgian, TV96 BA/SRGN
- Hebrew+, QV46 BA/SRHE
- History, VV16 BA/SRH
- History of Art/Archaeology, VV36 BA/HAASR
- Indonesian++, TV3Q BA/SRI
- International Relations, LVF6 BA/IRSR
- Japanese+, TV26 BA/SRJ
- Japanese Studies, TV2P BA/JSSR
- Korean+, TVLP BA/SRKO
- Law, MV16 BA/SRLW
- Linguistics, QV16 BA/LGSR
- Middle Eastern Studies, TV6P BA/MESSR
- Music, VW63 BA/SRM
- Persian, TVP6 BA/SRP
- Politics, LV26 BA/SRPOL
- Social Anthropology, LV66 BA/SRSA
- South Asian Studies++ (3 years), VTQ3 BA/SASSR
- South Asian Studies++ (4 years), TL33 BA/SASSR
- South East Asian Studies, VTPJ BA/SEASR
- Swahili+, TVN6 BA/SWSR
- Thai++, VT6H BA/THSR
- Tibetan++ (3 Year), V6T3 BA/TISR
- Tibetan++ (4 Year),TV36 BA/TSR
- Turkish+, VT66 BA/TUSR
- Vietnamese++, VTP3 BA/VSR
+ 4-year degree with (compulsory) one year abroad
++ 3 or 4-year degree with option of one year abroad
Key Information Set data
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Note: The structure displayed below is for students enrolled in 2018 or after. For students enrolled in the BA Study of Religions in 2017 or before, please see the programme structure pre 2018.
- You must register for 120 credits each year, 60 in the Study of Religions and 60 in your other subject.
- To be eligible for an Honours degree a student must have passed a minimum of eleven modules, of those passing only ten being awarded a Pass degree.
- Only the grades of years two and three count towards the final degree result. In their first year, students only need to pass their modules to continue. The pass mark is 40%.
Modules must be selected in each year in accordance with this study plan:
Note: If your combination contains a year abroad, please see the relevant information on the respective language programme page.
See table above for how many credits to select from each list.
List I) Year 1 Introductions to Religious Traditions
List II) Religions in Historical and Cultural Contexts
Note: These modules commence in 2019. Some may run only every two years.
List III) Thematic Study
List IV) Specialised Study
Note: Some modules in this list may run only every two years.
Teaching & Learning
Most courses involve a 50- 100-minute lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.
The programme works with a variety of assessments:
- response papers and reading comprehension tasks
- written exercises in methodology
- essays of up to 3,000 words
- written exams
All modules are assessed by more than one assessment in the interest of balanced grades and student progressions. Many tutorials and classes include formative exercises to prepare the assessments.
Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.
Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year.
|BA, BSc, LLB
|BA/BSc Language Year Abroad
Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00
For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section
A degree in the Study of Religions from SOAS equips students to follow many different careers. Graduates are provided with important knowledge and understanding of peoples’ different culture, history and beliefs concerning fundamental issues which they can develop in the field of research or utilise in a professional career. Students also develop a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in business, public and charity sectors. These include: the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources - often both in the original or other relevant languages; analytical skills to assess critically the materials relevant to a specific issue; written and oral communication skills to present, discuss and debate opinions and conclusions; and problem solving skills.
Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:
Crown Prosecution Service
Islamic Centre of England
Piper Smith Watton LLP
The British Museum
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
Deputy to Special Representative for Afghanistan
Forests and ecosystems associate
|International Reporting Manager
Procurement & Social Responsibility Administrator
Religious Education Teacher
Tibetan Subject Consultant Librarian
For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.
A Student's Perspective
Carl Eoghain Cooper
The courses at SOAS are highly specialised which makes it a unique institution in the world and it’s a privilege to be studying here. SOAS has been an experience that I wouldn’t have missed for the world.