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"I'm the London managing partner of a large law firm and the skills that are described here are exactly the sort of skills that are very sought after. I've got no qualms about the usefulness of the degree".

Lord Tim Clement-Jones, DLA Piper, an international law firm

Theology and Religious Studies graduates are highly employable, offering multidisciplinary and inter-disciplinary skills, and detailed knowledge of diverse world views and issues.

•95% in education or further study 6 months after graduation. See for more details
•45% go on to postgraduate education, including professional qualifications
•The remainder go on to a strikingly broad range of careers
•75% in managerial or professional roles
•Average salary £21 000 compared to national average of £18 000 for similar courses 


Valuable Skills 

“I'm not sure [what I want to do] at this stage but the time management skills, work ethic and ability to gather and analyse difficult evidence that I've gained will be invaluable.”


You will develop a range of transferable skills highly valued by employers. This means that our graduates go on to an extremely broad range of jobs and options in further education.

Some of our graduates make direct use of the course content. We live in increasingly multi-cultural and multi-religious societies. This means that an understanding of the ways that different religious communities can work together and how organisations can have a successful relationship with clients from these backgrounds is very attractive to employers.

Our Theology and Religious Studies degree also covers elements from other valuable disciplines such as history, languages, philosophy, anthropology, politics and sociology, meaning that you will leave university with a grounding in a broad range of subjects. In an increasingly global economy, the skills of vision, creativity and religious sensitivity, which are developed through the study of Theology and Religious Studies, will be at a premium.

Other graduates apply the transferable skills that they have developed here to gain employment in or to study another area. Through studying Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge you can:

  • Absorb and retain complex information and identify key issues
  • Sift and select relevant information and think logically
  • Develop investigative, analytical and critical evaluation skills
  • Express ideas clearly through essay writing and discussion
  • Develop a critical approach to contemporary issues
  • Tackle new languages from scratch
  • Use imagination and creativity
  • Develop a disciplined approach to problem solving
  • Understand and take a sensitive approach to different cultures and beliefs
  • Show a real curiosity in people and world cultures

Career and further education options

“I hope to do either conflict resolution or international aid/ development work and use the Arabic I have learnt here. The degree has greatly improved my self-discipline, confidence to pursue my ambitions and developed my linguistic and essay writing skills.”


Our course inspires a significant proportion of our students to undertake options in further education after their three years of study. Over the last five years we have had an average of 39% of our graduates going on to study masters and research degrees in Theology and Religious Studies or related disciplines, teacher training and law.

Theology and Religious Studies graduates from the University of Cambridge are particularly employable. Over the last five years we have had consistently high levels of occupation for our graduates, with an average of 93% entering employment or going on to further education within six months of graduating. Our degree helps you develop transferable skills and understanding which means there are endless possibilities, whichever path you choose.

Below are some examples of what some of our recent graduates have gone on to do and have a look at our Alumni profiles to find out why some of our graduates followed their particular career.

  • Non-governmental

Crisis Action (New York), Advocacy Associate

Bede House Association, Assistant Domestic Violence Caseworker

National Trust, Project Co-ordinator

The Retinoblastoma Society, National Co-ordinator

  • Teaching

University of California, Teaching Assistant

University of Edinburgh, Lecturer

Kingsbury High School (Brent LEA), Teacher of Religious Education

Hills Road Sixth Form College, Lecturer

  • Public sector

Crown Prosecution Service, Case Progression Officer

HM Treasury, Civil Service Fast Stream

London Borough of Islington, Social Worker

House of Parliament, Entry Researcher

  • Business

HSBC Bank, Executive Management Trainee

UBS Warburg (Banking), HRA Supervisor

Eversheds, Trainee Solicitor

EON, Corporate Management Graduate Trainee

  • Religion

St Georges Church, Pastoral Assistant

The Methodist Church, Probationer Minister

Church of England, Team Vicar

  • Arts

Children's Express, Journalist


Theatre Director