Religion at Stirling has a distinctive character of its own, reflecting a diversity of teaching and research interests spanning a variety of subject areas and methodological approaches, though with a specific emphasis on critical religion. Since its inception in 1973 the programme has secured an international reputation for its innovative thinking and approach to the study of religion, and is the only such programme in Scotland not aligned to a department of theology. Critical religion at Stirling challenges orthodox thinking in the field, as informed by original research on the thoughts and practices found within Europe, North America, India, Japan, the Middle East and other regions. With this commitment to critical thinking, ‘religion’ is always considered in relation to other topics and concerns, such as gender, the state, politics, capitalism, the arts, hermeneutics, ethics, postcolonialism and globalisation. In this intellectual context, students will also learn survival skills: time management; independent research through the use of library, internet and other resources; and the ability to analyse and interpret texts and other data, and to communicate that understanding effectively orally and in writing. Students graduating with a Religion degree are thus well-poised for the workforce, with a significant array of transferable skills leading to a wide selection of jobs and careers, as past graduates have proven.