Social Sciences (Religious Studies) (R23-REL) at Open University - UCAS

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Degree level: Undergraduate
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Social Sciences (Religious Studies) (R23-REL)

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Course summary

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Social Sciences (R23) degree. You'll study core modules in interdisciplinary social science and sociology, giving you a firm grounding in ideas central to the social sciences. This will be combined with exploring a variety of phenomena mediated by religion, from consumerism and the environment, atheism and Hindu nationalism, to racism, the urban environment and contemporary pilgrimage. On completion of this degree, you’ll be able to apply knowledge and ideas from religious studies and the wider social sciences to a broad range of practical and real-world issues. You’ll also have gained many transferable skills – opening employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations. Key features of the course

  • Specialise in religious studies within a broad interdisciplinary social science degree.
  • Learn how to apply cutting edge ideas from the field of religious studies to a broad range of real world situations.
  • Develop skills in independent working and apply these in an extended essay based on a literature based research project.
  • Gain a degree directly relevant to careers where critical analysis is at a premium or that involve understanding the workings of society, such as the civil service, local government, research and policy work.


This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits. In Stage 1 you'll begin with an introductory social science module before choosing between looking at the issues facing contemporary society or the key revolutions throughout history. Next, at Stages 2 and 3, you will take a sociology module, as well as exploring a range of religions and religious practices and considering how they relate to wider social questions and concerns.

Assessment method

We will assess your learning with some or all of the following, depending on the precise modules you choose:

  • tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
  • interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs)
  • formal examinations
- end-of-module assessments (EMAs).

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £21816 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £20952 Whole course
Scotland £7128 Whole course
Northern Ireland £6954 Whole course
Wales £7872 Whole course
EU £22416 Whole course
International £22416 Whole course
Channel Islands £22416 Whole course

Additional fee information

Fee information is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2025. Fees typically increase annually.
Social Sciences (Religious Studies) (R23-REL) at Open University - UCAS