At Stirling we are committed to approaching ‘religion’ in a critical manner, in two broad senses:
Just as the term ‘critical’ has a wide range of meaning, so too does the concept of religion continue to develop beyond traditional and conventional boundaries. As a result we find engagement with the idea of ‘religion’ in the contexts of religious institutions, but also within the fields of literature, history, gender studies, hermeneutics, visual art, anthropology, politics, philosophy, marketing and business studies, and so on. In coming to Stirling to study Critical Religion, every student is thus exposed to a broad and interdisciplinary vision that can be life-changing in many rich and unexpected ways.
Religion at Stirling is distinguished by its critical approach.
It is critical because it questions the fundamental category of ‘religion’. It is sometimes assumed to be a ‘thing’ that simply exists, and this is where, in part, the idea that we can study ‘religions’ as entities in any society or context comes from. This, of course, implies that what ‘religion’ actually is, is common knowledge and applies to all contexts, geographic and ideational (in Scotland, the Middle East, Asia, or in power and gender structures etc.). It assumes that ‘we will know it when we see it’. Arguably, however, it is a much less innocent concept, encompassing some very culturally specific notions of value and power.
It is critical because we aim to understand the problem behind the very idea of religion, and we engage in our work with a view to showing how we might reconsider the term ‘religion’ in light of other social and cultural spheres. So not only do we find engagement with the idea of ‘religion’ in the contexts of religious institutions, and conventional educational spaces such as ‘Religion’ classes and lectures, we also aim to engage with it in the fields of literature, history, gender studies, hermeneutics, visual art, anthropology, politics, philosophy, business studies and so on.
We expect a lot from our students, since our critical approach demands a grasp of many different subjects, methods and discourses. The course is therefore rigorous and intellectually challenging. But it is also deeply rewarding on numerous levels.
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If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
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If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,845.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 12,140.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options|
From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
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Please note that Religion is studied as a Combined degree. You will take Religion plus two other subjects in Years 1 and 2.
You are required to take the following core modules:
You will take core advanced (Level 10) modules: Religion and Postcolonialism, Religion and Theory and, in most cases, Dissertation Preparation. You may also choose advanced modules such as:
Honours students in their final semester will write a dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with an individual supervisor.
Most teaching takes place through a mixture of formal lectures and smaller, more informal, seminar groups. When writing your dissertation you will meet your supervisor on a one-to-one basis regularly throughout the final semester. A variety of assessment methods are used, including essays, reports, class tests, reviews and oral presentations.
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(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
Students of Religion can apply to spend a year of their studies abroad at a university in the United States. Modules taken during this time will constitute part of your final degree.
The Religion course is delivered by a dedicated research team committed to widening interests through teaching, academic research and other forms of knowledge exchange.
Critical Religion at Stirling
Our staff are the organisers of the Critical Religion Association, in collaboration with Ekklesia, an independent, not-for-profit think tank.
Academic Staff in Religion regularly publish books and academic papers and are involved in a range of academic- related projects such as:
"The content of the curriculum is always engaging, and moreover, provides a diverse range of critical material that is both intellectually stimulating and pertinent to the course. It is no exaggeration when I say that studying Critical Religion at Stirling has very much influenced and changed the way I think, specifically in how I engage with information and new material."
Emma McCabe BA (Hons) Religion and English, Graduated 2017
Dr Andrew Hass: teaches undergraduate modules in religion’s intersection with literature, philosophy and critical theory, and postgraduate degrees in Hermeneutics, among other interdisciplinary approaches. He is currently writing a book on negation and the German philosopher Hegel.
Dr Alison Jasper: teaches undergraduate modules related to Christianity, gender and theory and supervises postgraduates in these areas. Her latest book is Because of Beauvoir: Christianity and the Cultivation of Female Genius (2012) and she is working on Schooling In/difference: Socio-material Practice and the Construction of 'Religion' in (Gendered) Educational Spaces (2013).
Today, in spite of one widespread view that we have entered a ‘secular’ age, the term religion is constantly in the news, in contexts ranging from discussions about marriage and gender identity to concerns about immigration and terrorist attacks. It is arguably more important than ever before to develop an understanding of how the term is used and can be understood differently in a wide range of historical and cultural contexts. In business as in society today, an informed and critical approach to this globally significant subject is a decided advantage.
A degree in Religion also develops many useful transferable skills including:
Expand your horizons
As part of degrees in this area you will be able to undertake a range of activities and develop skills to help you get the most from your degree and your future career. You will be able to:
*modules are subject to availability and dependant on your choice of degree structure
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We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes required by employers. We have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Career and Employability Service who work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.
Our alumni go into a range of careers but some notable alumni include:
From social and political research to journalism, marketing and HR, a degree in religion opens up a broad range of career opportunities.
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict ambition and further research to the jobs listed here.
Religion graduates work in a variety of different roles in a range of employment sectors. Typical employers include:
It's important for students of this subject area to get relevant work experience to boost employability prospects. This experience shows employers commitment and also helps students to decide on whether a particular career is right for them.
Talk to professionals in the field of interest and consider work placements, paid evening and weekend work, voluntary work or work shadowing.
Many religion graduates continue with further study of their discipline, possibly with the intention of pursuing a career as a lecturer, but often due to their love of the subject. Other graduates chose to study something vocational at postgraduate level - common areas have included law, publishing and journalism. For careers such as law, lecturing and teaching, further qualifications are essential. For careers such as journalism and advertising, a postgraduate qualification may be useful, but it is relevant work experience that is essential.
Relevant further study available at Stirling includes: