This interdisciplinary programme gives you an in-depth and critical understanding of the role of religion in society and politics across local communities, including the UK, American, African and South Asian contexts.
Combining topics across religious studies, politics, international relations and sociology, you'll gain an insight into the complexity of religion, politics and society in relation to issues such as migration, race and ethnicity, development, environment, conflict and violence, sexuality and gender.
Core modules will introduce you to key concepts and approaches in religious studies, politics and sociology, and you'll even carry out fieldwork with religious groups in this diverse and multi-faith city. But you'll also choose from optional modules that reflect our wide range of research interests, so you can focus on topics that appeal to you. It's a fantastic opportunity to explore some of the most important issues affecting public life today.
Leeds has great facilities for students of religious studies. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections - valuable potential assets for your independent research. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
Core modules in your first year will introduce you to key approaches in sociology, political and religious studies. You'll also put these into the context of modern Britain, and enhance your understanding by undertaking fieldwork with a local religious group. Then you'll be able to choose from a range of optional modules or take discovery modules from across the University.
Throughout the next two years, you'll only have one core taught module, allowing you to place the study of religion in context. Instead you'll choose from an even broader selection of optional modules, allowing you to specialise in the issues and geographical regions that interest you. By your final year, you'll have gained important skills such as research and analysis, which you'll apply when you undertake an independent research project or dissertation on a topic of your choice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
This degree will give you a valuable insight into many of the issues and challenges facing communities today, and will allow you to develop deeper cultural awareness. You'll also develop transferable skills that are valuable to all kinds of employers.
You'll be a confident communicator who works well in a team, but you'll also be capable of working independently. You'll have strong research skills and be able to analyse information from a range of sources, before drawing your own conclusions.
Graduates have gone into a wide range of careers as a result, such as politics, the civil service, journalism, the media, education, management and politics. Others have pursued postgraduate study in a variety of disciplines.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It's a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.
The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. You could be taught in English, German or Czech - language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.
Read more about Study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.