SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

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 the Study of Religions 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.

Course Modules

All years: Modules include: Introduction to the study of religions; Buddhism: foundation; Christianity: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; Judaism: foundation; religions of East and Central Asia; religions of Africa; introduction to Islam; introduction to Jainism; advanced theory in the study of religions; Buddhism in Central Asia; Buddhism in pre'Modern China; Buddhist legends: readings in Avadana literature; Buddhist monasticism; conflict in compliance: about the lives of Buddhist monks in Ancient India; contemporary Islamism in South Asia: readings in Sayyid Abu l'A'la Mawdudi; critical theory and the study of religions; daily life of Jews in Antiquity; death and the meaning of life; Eastern Christianity; independent study project in the study of religions; intermediate Pali; Islam in Britain; Japanese religion: a historical overview; Jewish identity from Ancient to Modern times; Mahayana Buddhism; martyrs and monks in Eastern Christian writings; Messianic movements in Islamic history; Middle Persian; minority religions in the contemporary Middle East; Mysticism in the great traditions; myth and mythmaking; non'violence in Jain scriptures; philosophy and law; Orthodox Christianity; readings in Mahayana Sutra literature; religion and gender; religious philosophies of Ancient and Medieval India; representations of the Holocaust; Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism; Shan Buddhism; Shi'a Islam: religious authority and community identity; Syriac for beginners; Taoism and Chinese religions; Taoism: the great tradition; textual sources of Classical Hinduism; the Bible and its interpretation in Ancient Judaism; the role and representation of women in Judaism; themes in Japanese religions; Theravada Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhist texts from Central Asia; translation of Buddhist texts; Vedic Sanskrit; Zoroastrian literature in translation; Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • Course specific

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75% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 71%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 71%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 79%

£20,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 40
Studying 35
Studying and working 10
Unemployed 5
Unknown 15

18% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 26%

Total Coursework: 68%

Total Practical: 6%

£5,450 - £5,450
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,090 - £5,890
Typical cost of private accommodation