SOAS University of London

Department of Religions and Philosophies

BA Study of Religions and...

duration:
3 or 4 years

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,575


Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Applicants are not required to have studies Religions at A-level, although a deep interest in the subject is essential.
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with non-standard qualifications may be invited for interview.
A Levels:
ABB-BBB
IB:
33 (555 at HL)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AABBB

Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB

Irish LC: 320 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 4 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Programme Code: V627BA/CR

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Degree Profile

Religions have always been a powerful influence on human societies. Religious ideas and practices affect relations between different cultures; they can unite or divide local communities; and they provide the context for an individual's spiritual quest.

A degree in the Study of Religions at SOAS offers an impressive range of subject areas: religions of the ancient Near East, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Jainism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Shintoism, traditional religions of Africa and the new religious movements of our time.

The study of religions is concerned with the scholarly understanding of different cultures and beliefs. Staff and students come from many different backgrounds and there is no assumption of religious commitment, simply a quest for understanding.

There is a wide range of approaches in SOAS to the study of religions. If your major interest lies in the study of religious ideas and practices, then the BA in Study of Religion, combined with either a language or a specific area-studies or discipline, is the right degree for you. Students on this degree may pursue a special interest in one tradition, but they are also expected to select from a broad range of other options (with or without some language study), and to learn about theories and methods in the study of religions.

To connect the Study of Religion to a specific language/area or disciplinary area, the Department offers joint degrees in which Religions can be combined 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

Burmese, Indonesian, South Asian Studies, Thai, Tibetan, Vietnamese.

4-year combined degrees

Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Swahili, Turkish.

A full list of courses running in the department is available at the Undergraduate Course Units page

Key Information Set Data

The information for BA, BSc, or LLB programmes refer to data taken from the single subject degrees offered at SOAS; however, due to the unique nature of our programmes many subjects have a separate set of data when they are studied alongside another discipline.  In order to get a full picture of their chosen subject(s) applicants are advised to look at both sets of information where these occur.

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Key Information Set Data


Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.

Combinations

May be combined with:

+ 4-year degree with (compulsory) one year abroad
++ 3 or 4-year degree with option of one year abroad
* Taught at King's College, London

Key Information Set data

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Structure

General Information

Study of Religions can be combined 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

Burmese, Indonesian, South Asian Studies, Thai, Tibetan, Vietnamese.

4-Year Combined degrees

Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Swahili, Turkish.

 

3-Year Combined Degrees

  • You must register for 4 full course units or equivalent each year.
  • At least 5 of your 12 units over the 3 years of your degree must be from the approved syllabus in the subject/language to be named first in the degree title and 4 course units in the subject to be named second/Study of Religions.
  • To be eligible for an Honours degree a student must have passed a minimum of eleven courses, those passing only ten being awarded a Pass degree.
  • Only the grades of courses taken after the first year is completed count towards your final degree result. In your first year, all you need to do is pass the courses to continue. The pass mark is 40%.

4-Year Combined Degrees

  • You must register for 4 full course units or equivalent each year.
  • At least 8 of your 16 units over the 4 years of your degree must be from the approved syllabus in the subject/language to be named first in the degree title and 5 course units in the subject to be named second/Study of Religions.
  • To be eligible for an Honours degree a student must have passed a minimum of fourteen courses, those passing only thirteen being awarded a Pass degree.
  • Only the grades of courses taken after the first year is completed count towards your final degree result. In your first year, all you need to do is pass the courses to continue. The pass mark is 40%.

Programme Structure

Year One

Your study programme in year one consists of the following components:

  1. The core course Introduction to the Study of Religions - 158000096 (1 unit)
    Note: A core course is a course that must be passed before a student is eligible to progress to the next year of the degree. The other subject will also have at least one core course.
  2. A selection of two of the half-unit foundation courses (1 units total), see course list I (below)
    Note: For students who are registered for a degree in which the other subject requires three units in year one (such as BA Chinese and Study of Religions) these two half units have to be taken in the next available year (Year two for Arabic and SoR, year three for BA Chinese and SoR, and year three for BA Korean and SoR). These have to be taken in addition to the requirements for year two and three, detailed below.
Years Two and Three

3-Year Combined Degrees
For the remaining of years two and three, you take at least two course units in the Study of Religions from the wide range of Study of Religions courses available to second & third year students.

4-Year Combined Degrees
For the remaining of years two, three, and four, you take at least three course units in the Study of Religions from the wide range of Study of Religions courses  available for second & third year students.

For both types of degrees, you may choose your options from the following lists:

  • Languages in the Department of Religions and Philosophies, see course list II (below).
  • Comparative and theory courses, see course list III (below)
  • Courses pertaining to specific religious traditions, see course list IV (below)
  • Courses partaining to a geographical region, see course list V (below)

Course Lists

Courses are sorted into lists of options (as defined in the programme structure) and may appear more than once.

Note: In order to provide a broad offer, many second and third year courses run in alternating years. Courses not running in a given year, therefore normally run in the next. Students may also contact the course conveners for details on when a course will run again.

I) First Year Foundation Courses
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Buddhism: Foundation 158000110 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Hinduism: Foundation 158000118 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Islam: Foundations 158000189 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Judaism: Foundation 158000148 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Religions of Africa: Foundation 158000119 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Religions of East and Central Asia 158000100 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
World Christianities Foundation 158000117 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Zoroastrianism: Foundation 158000187 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
II) Languages offered by the Department

(Language courses from other departments at SOAS can also be taken as part of a Study of Religions Degree.)

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Avestan 158000182 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Basic Pali 158000200 1 UnitFull Year
Middle Persian 158000183 30 credits (1 unit)
Syriac Texts on Christians and Muslims 158000034 1 UnitFull Year
Vedic Sanskrit 158000128 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
III) Comparative and Theory Courses (second & third year)
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Anglo-European Philosophies and Critical Dialogue: Hermeneutics and Beyond 158000135 1 UnitFull Year
Comparative Ethics 158000199 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Death and the Meaning of Life 158000172 1 UnitFull Year
Metaphysics in Comparative Perspective 158000198 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Mysticism in the Great Traditions 158000022 1 UnitFull Year
The Holocaust and the Problem of Evil 158000156 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
'The Margins of Philosophy': Postcolonial, Gender, and Queer Epistemologies 158000116 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Theories of the Self 158000202 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
IV) Courses by Religious Tradition (second & third year)
African Religions

Limited offer in 2016/17 due to research leave.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Islamic Reform Movements in Modern Africa 158000190 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Africa: Past and Present 158000185 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Religion, Power and Society in Modern Africa 158000005 1 UnitFull Year
Buddhism

Limited offer in 2016/17 due to research leave.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Buddhism in Central Asia 158000121 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Buddhism in Pre-Modern China 158000201 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Buddhist Monasticism 158000097 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Buddhist Philosophy 158000195 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Imag(in)ing Buddhas in South Asia (1) 154900182 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Imag(in)ing Buddhas in South Asia (2) 158000191 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Japanese Religion: A Historical Overview 158000044 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Representing Religion in Japanese Films 158000184 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Themes in Japanese Religions 158000043 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Tibetan Buddhism 158000050 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Christianity
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Eastern Christianity 158000132 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Martyrs & Monks in Eastern Christian Writings 158000130 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Minority Religions in the Contemporary Middle East 158000163 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Orthodox Christianity 158000131 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Africa: Past and Present 158000185 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Religion, Power and Society in Modern Africa 158000005 1 UnitFull Year
Hinduism
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Textual Sources of Classical Hinduism 158000023 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Islam
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Developments in Muslim Religious Thought 158000188 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Islam in Britain 158000169 1 UnitFull Year
Islamic Reform Movements in Modern Africa 158000190 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Messianic Movements in Muslim History 158000149 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Minority Religions in the Contemporary Middle East 158000163 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Religion, Power and Society in Modern Africa 158000005 1 UnitFull Year
Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 1 UnitFull Year
Jainism
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Introduction to Jainism 158000053 1 UnitFull Year
Non-Violence in Jain Literature, Philosophy and Law 158000054 1 UnitFull Year
Japanese Religions
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Japanese Religion: A Historical Overview 158000044 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Representing Religion in Japanese Films 158000184 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Themes in Japanese Religions 158000043 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Judaism
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Daily Life of Jews in Antiquity 158000155 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Jewish Identity 15800O168 0.5 - Not Running 2017/18
Modern Jewish Thought 158000178 1 UnitFull Year
Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism 158000151 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
The Bible and its Interpretation in Ancient Judaism 158000160 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
The Holocaust and the Problem of Evil 158000156 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
The Representation of Jews and Judaism in Film 158000186 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
The Role and Representation of Women in Judaism 158000154 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Taoism
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Taoism and Chinese Religions 158000150 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Taoism: the Great Tradition 158000181 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Zoroastrianism

Limited offer in 2016/17 due to research leave. Students interested in Zoroastrianism are advised to select Middle Persian, which also has a cultural component and introduces students to the religion as well as the language.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Middle Persian 158000183 30 credits (1 unit)
Minority Religions in the Contemporary Middle East 158000163 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Zoroastrian Literature in Translation 158000095 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds 158000029 1 UnitFull Year
V) Courses by Geographical Region (second & third year)
Africa
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Islamic Reform Movements in Modern Africa 158000190 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Africa: Past and Present 158000185 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Religion, Power and Society in Modern Africa 158000005 1 UnitFull Year
East and Inner Asia
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Buddhism in Pre-Modern China 158000201 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Buddhist Monasticism 158000097 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Japanese Religion: A Historical Overview 158000044 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Religions of East and Central Asia 158000100 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Representing Religion in Japanese Films 158000184 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Taoism and Chinese Religions 158000150 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Taoism: the Great Tradition 158000181 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Themes in Japanese Religions 158000043 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Tibetan Buddhism 158000050 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Iran and Central Asia
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Buddhism in Central Asia 158000121 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Eastern Christianity 158000132 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Religions of East and Central Asia 158000100 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 1 UnitFull Year
Zoroastrian Literature in Translation 158000095 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds 158000029 1 UnitFull Year
Near and Middle East
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Daily Life of Jews in Antiquity 158000155 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Eastern Christianity 158000132 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Jewish Identity 15800O168 0.5 - Not Running 2017/18
Martyrs & Monks in Eastern Christian Writings 158000130 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Minority Religions in the Contemporary Middle East 158000163 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism 158000151 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 1 UnitFull Year
The Bible and its Interpretation in Ancient Judaism 158000160 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
South Asia
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Buddhist Monasticism 158000097 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Eastern Christianity 158000132 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Imag(in)ing Buddhas in South Asia (1) 154900182 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Imag(in)ing Buddhas in South Asia (2) 158000191 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Introduction to Jainism 158000053 1 UnitFull Year
Non-Violence in Jain Literature, Philosophy and Law 158000054 1 UnitFull Year
Textual Sources of Classical Hinduism 158000023 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Most courses involve a 50-minute lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes. The course is examined through written examinations and coursework.

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

ProgrammeFull-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,387.50 £8,288
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

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.

Studying a combined honours degree gives students to blend a solid grounding in another discipline or subject area which enables them to place the knowledge they gain as part of their degree within a specific regional, cultural or disciplinary context.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

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.

Carl Eoghain Cooper

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