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If you choose to study a TRS degree with us, you can expect to develop a range of skills highly valued by employers.

Employment statistics

According to Unistats 2018, 100% of students studying single honours Theology and Religious Studies degrees at Chester are working or studying within six months of finishing their course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey for 2016-17 reports that 96.4% of our Single Honours students are working or engaged in further study.

Working 50.0%
Not Seeking 0%
Unemployed 3.6%
Study 33.3%
Working and Study 17.9%
 

What can I do with a TRS degree?

With a TRS degree you can pursue any career, but our students have undertaken careers in law, charity work, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations, health care, media, counselling, teaching and education, the civil service and government, social work and children’s/family/youth work, publishing, religious organisations including ordained ministry, customer service, financial business, and a range of other forms of industry.

If you choose to study a TRS degree with us, you can expect to develop a range of skills highly valued by employers.

  • Develop skills in empathy and cultural/religious sensitivity
  • Become skilled at listening, debating, negotiating and dialogue
  • Develop confidence in presenting your ideas on paper and in person
  • Become practised at reading and analysing texts
  • Learn how to construct incisive arguments and develop skills in critical thinking
  • Cultivate proficiency in time management and independent thinking
  • Show that you can work to deadlines and problem solve

Thinking about becoming an RE teacher?

At Chester, we offer our own unique RE module designed for those considering a career in teaching RE. This module allows you to spend time in an RE department, learning about the day to day reality of teaching the subject. You will engage with the history of the subject, examine the relationships between religion, education and society, explore religious education in faith schools and debate the future of RE. Read what inspired Hannah Lester (third year Religious Studies student) to apply to teach RE.

Graduate Profiles

Mike Chinnick

Job: Senior Official at the Home Office

Studied: BA Religious Studies

Tell us about your job

I'm a senior official at the Home Office and currently about to take up my next posting as the regional manager for UK Visas & Immigration. I manage over a hundred staff across India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal. I'm also responsible for working as a diplomat with the Governments of those countries and managing several large contracts. I'll be living at the High Commission in New Delhi... Ferrero Rocher anyone?

Tell us how your degree in Religious Studies helped you get there

My degree was very people-centred in terms of understanding what makes people tick which is a vital skill for any manager. I was always treated as a person rather than a number by the staff who made the effort to get to know my strengths and weaknesses, and supported me to achieve my potential. The process of being a student gave me an enormous amount of confidence.

The process of being a student gave me an enormous amount of confidenceMike Chinnick

Tell us about your plans for the future

I'll be in India for four years and then maybe South Africa, Beijing or Istanbul. When I come home I'll be going for promotion - the next step is to be an Assistant Director. There are so many career paths available within the Civil Service that I don't need to stay at the Home Office; I quite fancy the Cabinet Office next... or 10 Downing Street!

Katy Molyneux

Job: Religious Studies Teacher

Studied: BA Theology

Tell us about your job

I am currently about to qualify as a teacher of Religious Education with the University of Chester. I have just been appointed as the new RE teacher in a Catholic College on the Wirral. I am looking forward to embarking on this vocation!

Tell us how your degree in Theology helped you get there

My degree sparked a passion for the study of religion and made it apparent that Religious Education is a core subject in many aspects of everyday life. If I can influence one of my pupils as I was influenced by the staff at Chester I will have completed a goal in my life.

If I can influence one of my pupils as I was influenced by the staff at Chester I will have completed a goal in my life.Katy Molyneux

Tell us the best thing about studying at Chester

The thing I most enjoyed about studying Theology at Chester was the relationships built between staff and students. While maintaining a professional relationship at all times, staff and students made the department feel like a welcoming, friendly environment that you wanted to be in. The modules were taught by lecturers who clearly had a passion for their subject and passed on that passion to those who encountered the topics.  

Susannah Martin

Job: PR Account Executive for Rushdie Media

Studied: BA English Literature with Theology and Religious Studies

What attracted you to study at the University of Chester?

I liked the idea of the community feel of a campus university. The friendly and social atmosphere in Chester, not only in the university but the city as a whole, definitely confirmed that I had made the right choice and I have made life-long friends as a result.

Do you feel that your degree was relevant to your current role?

The analytical skills and particularly the development of my written communication in both subjects have been integral to my role in the communications industry. The English Literature part of my degree has also proved useful in a way that was somewhat unexpected, as I have been lucky enough to meet some of the authors I studied

What does your current job involve?

Rushdie Media is a boutique agency working with entertainment, fashion and luxury lifestyle orientated clients. We specialise in developing strategic media campaigns and integrating celebrity talent into brands, PR activity and events. In my current role as an Account Executive, I look after a number of celebrity clients and am involved in promoting their profile and campaigns on a national scale.

The friendly and social atmosphere in Chester, not only in the university but the city as a whole, definitely confirmed that I had made the right choiceSusannah Martin

Did you do work based learning or volunteering? If so how did this help your career planning and research?

I did a work based learning placement at a top consumer PR agency in London. It was here that I learned my most valuable skills within the industry and where I really got a feel for what it was like to be in a fast-paced working environment. The 5 week time frame was also really important as it enabled me to be involved in a number projects at different stages of their development. I was also given my own mini-project to manage whilst I was there. This placement really developed my confidence and every skill I learned, from writing press releases to pitching products to journalists, I have taken and built on at every placement since and still do today.

Do you have any tips/information to share with any graduates who are considering this career/area of study?

Number 1 top tip if you want to go into PR: get work experience! In any industry, work experience is vital to getting your foot through the door whether you have a degree or not, and more importantly, the experiences you are then able to draw on, could be the one thing that sets you apart from other candidates and get you the job you want.

Famous people with TRS related degrees

  • Martin Luther King Jr - Civil Rights Leader. Theology, Boston University.
  • Katy Brand - Writer, comedian. Theology, University of Oxford.
  • Christy Turlington - Model and businesswoman. Comparative Religion and Eastern Philosophy, New York University.
  • Justin Vernon - Musician (Bon Iver). Religious Studies, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
  • JB Gill - Musician (JLS). Theology, Kings College London.