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Religious Studies

annual Thanksgiving service for the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim

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Religion is a vital aspect of human history and culture. To understand the modern world, it is necessary to understand religion. It is relevant to choices, identity and practices in everyday life, and is implicated in decision-making in everything from human rights, to the environment, to security. The Religious Studies department at the Open University is made up of historians, sociologists and anthropologists who are committed to producing teaching materials based on cutting-edge research to equip students with skills and understanding valuable for life and careers.

Why Religious Studies at the OU?

Considering studying with us? Find out more about our undergraduate modules and postgraduate research degrees, and take a look at some free taster material. Find out more about our staff and our research programmes. Or for a light-hearted introduction to religious studies, see our short cartoons with a voice-over from comedian David Mitchell.

Postgraduate funding is available (through AHRC/CHASE) – full details are available here (deadline Jan 10th 2018).


Blog | Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspective

Our departmental blog looks at religion (and other-than-religion) in contemporary culture, society and politics. Updated weekly, it features reflections from staff, postgraduates and guests, videos (including our 3 Minute Theories), news about our research and our thoughts on topical items in the media.

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