TRS departments may describe their courses as degrees in divinity, theology, religious studies, philosophy & ethics, or any combination of these. All courses at UK universities will usually offer a range of modules including philosophy of religion, ethics, and the study of the beliefs and practices of several religious traditions. In addition, courses in languages – Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Sanskrit, among others – history, politics, music, and other related subject areas may be offered.
Generally, departments offering theology or divinity degrees will have more of a specialism in Judaism and Christianity, including history and study of the Scriptures and teachings of Judaism and Christianity, while departments offering religion or religious studies will focus more on sociological and anthropological approaches to world religions. Students should be encouraged to think carefully about which approach they would prefer.