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Bachelor of arts in Religious Studies

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

This degree is designed for those who would like to gain a solid grounding in Adventist history, theology, faith and the Bible but who do not necessarily want to go into formal ministry. It deals with philosophical ideas and their history and biblical teachings, and offers the chance to ask questions, seek answers and form opinions.

Unlike the Bachelor of Arts in Theology, the Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies does not require studies in the ancient languages of Greek and Hebrew, and is ideal for those who would like to undertake studies in Adventist theology, without studying these ancient languages. The programme is appropriate for those wishing to use it as a pre-professional degree, or who may wish to pursue a career in, for example, education or church administration. As such, two thirds of the programme is comprised  of general education and electives, permitting students the possibility to tailor the programme according to their interests. It is not intended for those who wish to enter the ministry or for those seeking a pathway to the Master of Arts in Theology.

DURATION
Three or four year, full-time

STUDY MODES
Full-time, part-time

INTAKE
Autumn Semester (September),
Spring Semester (January)

TOTAL PROGRAMME CREDITS
124 US

PROGRAMME LEADER
Dr Ivan Milanov

CONFERRED BY
Andrews University (United States)

WHY STUDY RELIGIOUS STUDIES AT NEWBOLD?

  • Take the opportunity to study the phenomenon of religion in a European context.
  • Benefit from the experience of our staff, most of whom have real-world experience. Every area of study, whether Old or New Testament Studies, Biblical or Systematic Theology, and Practical or Pastoral Theology, is taught by specialists in the field.
  • Utilise our academic facilities, from our well-stocked library with its efficient electronic resource service, to the Ellen G. White Research Centre, the first of its kind outside the United States.
  • Enjoy academic liberty that will provide you with the opportunity to explore any religious issue which is of interest to you.
  • Take advantage of our small class sizes which give you the opportunity for more one-on-one time with lecturers and tutors, and plenty of individual attention when it comes to assessment and questions.
  • Have an extraordinary opportunity to get an academic and practical education that will enable you to serve others.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Intake: if you are planning on completing the programme in 4 years, you will begin at this stage. See ‘Entry Requirements’ for more information.

During the Foundation year of your degree you will develop your research and communication skills so that you will be able to be a better undergraduate student. In so doing, you will gain knowledge in areas such as history, fine arts, algebra, literature, religion, science and health principles. The successful completion of the foundation year will provide a solid base for your further studies.

Intake: if you are planning on completing the programme in 4 years, you will begin at this stage. See ‘Entry Requirements’ for more information.

The focus of your first year of studies will be narrowed more to the realm of religion and its relations to the history of thought, contemporary culture and society, and personal experience of spirituality and faith. During this period of studying you will be exposed to a variety of ideas from the areas of philosophy, sociology, biblical studies and biblical spirituality. At the same time, you will be able to explore, compare and evaluate these ideas from biblical perspective.

During your second year of studies, you will start exploring issues related to biblical theology and ethics. Modules ‘Prophetic Writings of the Old Testament’ and ‘Acts and Epistles’ will give you insight in the exciting world of the prophets and the early Christian Church. The knowledge gained in these modules will be a good basis and starting point in exploring the ‘Reformation Theology’, ‘History and Prophetic Heritage’ and ‘Religion and Ethics in Modern Society’.

Entering the final year of this programme means that you will be more engaged in researching than just attending lectures. Although the module ‘Studies in Daniel and Revelation’ will be taught module with requirements to research, the two ‘Special Research Projects’ are reserved for your research on topic(s) in Religious Studies that interest you the most.

Through a combination of concentrated modules in Religious Studies in a wide variety of theological areas, and a range of general education modules, the Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies will provide you with a well-rounded education. Modules you are likely to study include:

  • Mission and Volunteerism
  • Foundations of Christian Theology
  • Studies in Daniel and Revelation
  • Jesus in His Time and Ours
  • Religion and Ethics in Modern Society
  • Personal Spirituality and Faith
  • Seventh-day Adventist History, Ministry and Culture
  • History of Western Thought

TEACHING STAFF

The following members of the Department of Theological Studies teach in the Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You may need to meet different entry requirements depending on where you are from and what your academic background is.

The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies may be completed in either three or four years, depending on your qualifications. You can find out more about whether you are eligible to complete the programme in three or four years by reading more about the specific entry requirements below.

THREE YEAR PROGRAMME

To apply to complete this programme in three years, you will need:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C (including Maths and English), or equivalent
  • 2 A-levels, or equivalent
  • To be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year

If English is not your native language you will also need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of English to study at this level, or to have taken one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (mandatory for visa students) – Minimum average of 6.0 overall, with no subtest below 6.0
  • Cambridge First Certificate (CEF) – Minimum grade C

FOUR YEAR PROGRAMME

To apply to complete this programme in three years, you will need:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C (including Maths and English), or equivalent
  • To be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year

If English is not your native language you will also need to have demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of English to study at this level, or to have taken one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (mandatory for visa students) – Minimum average of 6.0 overall, with no subtest below 6.0
  • Cambridge First Certificate (CEF) – Minimum grade C

FEES

Newbold’s fee structure is competitive, especially compared with universities in the United Kingdom and with Adventist higher education providers in the United States.

Find out more about our tuition fees and use our cost calculator to estimate what your study plan might cost.

NEWBOLD MINISTERIAL SOCIETY

As a Religious Studies student you will become an automatic member of the Newbold Ministerial Society. The Society provides a range of events and activities for its members, such as seminars, social activities, and mission and evangelism trips.

Find out more about the Newbold Ministerial Society.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

At the end of the programme, you should be able to:

  • Think honestly and critically about Christianity
  • Meet deadlines through the application of self-disciples and diligent study habits
  • Possess basic skills essential to the satisfactory participation in Christian Ministries
  • Possess an objective appreciation for the Seventh-day Adventist faith
  • Engage independently in the serious and scholarly study of the Bible
  • Demonstrate the ability to interact effectively with others
  • Make independent and educated judgements
  • Be aware of how the responsibilities which may come from holding such a faith relates to the needs of the community
  • Apply a lively imagination capable of generating creative responses to new challenges in pastoral ministry
  • Be aware of how the responsibilities which may come from holding such a faith relate to the needs of the community

The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies may lead to many different job and career opportunities, such as:

  • Further education teacher
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Primary school teacher
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Counsellor   
  • Advice worker
  • Church administrator
  • Archivist
  • Charity worker
  • Chaplain
  • Humanitarian agencies
  • Civil Service
  • Community development worker
  • Editorial assistant
  • Journalist
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker

Typical employers exist in a range of employment sectors through a variety of different roles:

  • national and local government, including the Civil Service and government agencies, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • schools, colleges and universities (for teaching and research positions)
  • charities, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations
  • social services and other caring professions
  • the church and other religious organisations
  • financial and legal firms
  • the National Health Service
  • PR, advertising, sales and marketing companies
  • media companies
  • Libraries, charities, museums, television companies and publishing houses also employ theology and religious studies graduates in a range of roles.

ACCREDITATION AND AFFILIATIONS

Newbold is accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities, is accredited within the UK higher education sector by the British Accreditation Council for Further and Higher Education, and receives educational oversight from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies is offered through Andrews University (USA).

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