Religion, Theology, Culture and Philosophy

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Studying Religion, Theology, Culture and Philosophy

Studying Religion, Theology, Culture and Philosophy

What do we offer you?

  • Facilities: Our beautiful library has thousands of books and resources as well as offering access to a wealth of online content and journals.
  • Experienced lecturers: You will be taught by recognised experts whose books and documentaries are reflected in your lessons and your contributions often become part of the dialogue that informs staff research. See below to find out more about some of the people who will be teaching you.
  • Internships and placements: As part of your degree you may have the opportunity to undertake a work placement, or even study abroad for a semester as part of our Study Abroad programme.
  • High quality courses: Roehampton is number 1 in London for Theology and Religious Studies (The Times Good University Guide 2020) and Roehampton is in the top five universities in London for graduate earnings in Philosophy (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2019 results, earnings three years after graduation).
  • Beautiful campus: Our tranquil green campus offers plenty of reading and studying spots, whilst London’s libraries, museums and historical sites are on your doorstep.
  • Heritage: Our heritage is theologically rich, and we still foster strong links with multiple denominations of Christian communities and have an active multifaith chaplaincy on campus.
  • Opportunities: Roehampton an institutional member of the University of London's Institute of Philosophy and the Royal Institute of Philosophy, so you’ll have access to inspiring lectures, seminars and conferences offered by these Institutes. You can also join the Roehampton Philosophy Society.

Who will you be taught by?

Working alongside world-class scholars is part of the student experience at Roehampton. Our theologians and philosophers appear on radio and in the press, work with leading cultural organisations and publish widely. Their expertise means you will benefit from lecturers working at the forefront of historical research. Here is a little more about them.

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Professor Tina Beattie

Professor Tina Beattie’s research focuses on the relationship between the Catholic tradition and contemporary culture, particularly in areas to do with gender, sexuality and reproductive ethics; Catholic social teaching and women's rights, and theology and the visual arts. She regularly contributes to The Tablet, The Guardian online, The Conversation, and several other publications, as well as appearing on television and radio, including BBC1, BBC2, Sky News, Al Jazeera and BBC Radio 4.

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Dr Simonetta Calderini

Dr Simonetta Calderini specialises in Islamic Studies including Shiism and specifically Ismailism, Islam and Gender, Religion and Human Rights. She is currently researching into classical and contemporary scholarly arguments in favour and against women imams, Ismailism and the issue of the veil, as well as women's rights.

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Dr Andrew Rogers

Dr Andrew Rogers is Principal Lecturer in Practical Theology and Programme Convener for Ministerial Theology and teaches on the FdA programme. His research interests lay in new Black Majority Churches. He was academic consultant on the Religious Meeting Places project in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, which aimed to improve the understanding of faith group facilities in the borough.

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Dr Mark Sinclair

Dr Mark Sinclair teaches across a range of our Philosophy modules, specialising in post-Kantian Europe and contemporary metaphysics. He’s Associate Editor at the British Journal for the History of Philosophy and a member of the Management Committee of the British Society for the History of Philosophy and is currently editing the Oxford Handbook of Modern French Philosophy (with Daniel Whistler, Royal Holloway) and The Bergson Mind (Routledge, with Yaron Wolf). You might have recently heard him on BBC Radio 4’s In our Time.

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Whats been happening?

Templeton Religion Trust grants £140,000 for new research

A research project led by Professor Fiona Ellis and co-directed by Dr Clare Carlisle of KCL has been given funding worth £140,000 by the Templeton Religion Trust, a global charitable trust that supports projects that seek to enrich the conversation about religion. The project will broach how we think about desire, specifically in the context of the spiritual life, and what it means to be human.

What our students say

Clare O’Handley
FdA

“I was searching for a course of study that would allow me to stay in ministry, bridging the gap between theory and practice, which Roehampton does. I really enjoy the moments of discussion, be them in lectures or around the lunch table. These discussions have helped me understand a range of views on various issues. I find it really hopeful and refreshing that in our divisive, black and white world of today that at the end of these discussions we don’t necessarily agree with one another, however our different viewpoints do not become a barrier to continuing on our journey as friends and companions.”

Gisela Ravelo
FdA

“During the past two years I’ve been able to go deeper in theological reflections. The course has helped me to look back at my own ministerial work and reflect on areas that needed to be reassessed or have a clearer understanding of a specific topic.” 

After Roehampton

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

You will be well placed to secure work in many fields, including marketing, teaching, law, management, the charity sector, church work, the Civil Service, human rights, the armed services and the police.

What we do in the community:

Roehampton takes an active role in the local community and beyond. Our research centres and staff both engage with projects that inform national policy, enhance the lives of local people and contribute to the church. For example, Digby Stuart Research Centre for Catholic Studies acts as an interface between the academic community and churches and NGOs, offering you the opportunity to make your own contacts in the field.

Also home to Catherine of Siena College, which offers a range of online courses relating to theology, gender and social justice.

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Student Life

Student Life

Why Roehampton?

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Being a student at a campus university in London gives you the best of both worlds. We are lucky enough to have a 54-acre parkland campus to call home, and are only 30 minutes from central London.

We offer plenty of opportunities for you to get involved through playing sport, music, volunteering, or joining one of over 50 student societies. We also have catering outlets, across campus, and each College has social spaces where you can meet up with your friends and relax.

Our campus is close to Putney, Hammersmith and Wimbledon, which each have wide a range of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. With central London so close, you can easily access the wealth of culture, entertainment and dining options the capital has to offer.

Accommodation

Accommodation

We have among the most affordable student accommodation in London and can offer all new students a place in halls. We have a range of options to suit all tastes and budgets. Each room is:

  • Single occupancy
  • Furnished
  • En-suite or semi en-suite
  • Self-catered with shared kitchen facilities

Fees also include utility bills and contents insurance. We have Flat Reps and wardens living in on-campus accommodation to provide support and information when you need it.

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Support services

Support services

Meet our Wellbeing Team

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At Roehampton we are focused on ensuring you succeed, and have a wide range of support services to help you at every step of your journey.

Wellbeing – our team are able to provide personal wellbeing support, professional counselling and mental health support. Each college has a Student Wellbeing Officer and a College Warden, the latter is available after hours for all on campus students.

Medical – we have an on-site NHS medical centre which provides doctor and nurse-led services.

Disability and dyslexia – we encourage students to let us know about specific needs so we can work with you to tailor our support.

Financial – we have a wide range of scholarships, and a student hardship fund for those students in financial difficulty.

Chaplaincy – our diverse community is reflected in our multi-faith chaplaincy and we have a number of spaces for worship.

Study support – all students have an Academic Guidance Tutor, as well as access to library support and online study resources.

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