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Religion studies

Explore one of the world's most widely discussed topics
Religion has been a major source of inspiration, meaning and controversy that has played a formative part in shaping every civilisation in history.

Religion is a broad concept that has generated endless fascination. It relates to humanity’s ultimate concerns and worldviews.

As a multi-faceted discipline, religion spans ancient and modern cultures around the world and combines various methodologies including social, textual, historical, philosophical, political and literary.

Our study offering

Through Studies in Religion you will analyse the concepts that people and communities prioritise in their lives to explain their existence. Acquire the skills to understand the central role of religion in broader socio-cultural practice and investigate the ways in which humans have attributed value to their lives, societies, and other important ideals, from family to nation, individuality and the afterlife.


*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  


Why take religion studies with us?

  • We are ranked 3rd in Australia for religious studies.*
  • You can balance your workload with our flexible study options, such as part-time study for eligible students.** 
  • As an undergraduate student you can choose from our religion studies majors as well as over 100 majors from the University’s shared pool, allowing you to gain expertise in a range of disciplines. 
  • You will learn from distinguished international researchers and teachers. 
  • Access our highly regarded undergraduate honours degrees in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew and Studies in Religion, giving you the opportunity to work independently and creatively in a community of scholars.
  • We offer a wide range of scholarships and prizes designed to recognise potential, assist those in need and reward high achievement.  

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

**Please refer to individual course requirements and visa details (for international students) regarding eligibility for part-time study.

Where will religion studies lead you?

Religious studies can open doors to a wide range of exciting and rewarding career opportunities and enhance your qualifications in professional disciplines. 

Career pathways:

  • Archivist 
  • Business and government consultant
  • Charity officer
  • Communications specialist
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Museum or gallery curator  


  • Public service positions 
  • Publisher 
  • Publishing
  • Religious and community worker
  • Researcher
  • Translator
  • Writer

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Breann Fallon – Studies in Religion postgraduate student
“Studying religion is not simply about the theology of different faiths, it is much more multidisciplinary than that. Studying religion encompasses everything from sociology to anthropology, history, archaeology, theology and literature, film and politics. There is so much room to investigate what makes humans tick.”
Download the undergraduate course guide (pdf, 4.8MB)