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Theology and Religion at Durham or Philosophy and Theology at Edinburgh??

hi!! i got an offer from durham university a couple months ago to study theology and religious studies, but i applied for philosophy and theology. i also just got my college allocation back and got my 9th choice (grey) and was really gutted as it felt like something that would never actually happen and has really impacted my decision on whether or not i should choose to study at durham in september. should i put this much thought into it or is it not as important as i think?? i'm struggling to choose between edinburgh (where i was offered philosophy and theology) and durham. does anyone here know anything good about greys?? or more importantly is there anyone here that studies theology and religious studies and know whether i can choose a lot of philosophy optional modules?? i have tried to compare both courses from durham and edinburgh but it's quite hard as they can be so similar and it's hard to know whether i will enjoy studying either course until i get there. i spoke to the head of theology at durham at an offer holder day and he said i would be able to take optional modules in philosophy, but i'm not sure how much i'll be able to do this and whether it would be more sensible to take my offer at edinburgh as it's the course i actually applies for. i need to decide ASAP so if anyone could help, i'd be so grateful !!
Original post by trichards32
hi!! i got an offer from durham university a couple months ago to study theology and religious studies, but i applied for philosophy and theology. i also just got my college allocation back and got my 9th choice (grey) and was really gutted as it felt like something that would never actually happen and has really impacted my decision on whether or not i should choose to study at durham in september. should i put this much thought into it or is it not as important as i think?? i'm struggling to choose between edinburgh (where i was offered philosophy and theology) and durham. does anyone here know anything good about greys?? or more importantly is there anyone here that studies theology and religious studies and know whether i can choose a lot of philosophy optional modules?? i have tried to compare both courses from durham and edinburgh but it's quite hard as they can be so similar and it's hard to know whether i will enjoy studying either course until i get there. i spoke to the head of theology at durham at an offer holder day and he said i would be able to take optional modules in philosophy, but i'm not sure how much i'll be able to do this and whether it would be more sensible to take my offer at edinburgh as it's the course i actually applies for. i need to decide ASAP so if anyone could help, i'd be so grateful !!

Hiya

Congratulations on both your offers! Firstly, on the topic of colleges, Grey really is a great college. Everyone from there that I've met has always praised it, especially the fact that you can join any college sports and societies for free if you're a JCR member (which isn't the case for many other colleges). They have a recently refurbished college bar and a massive Victor Watts library too. They offer single rooms which is obviously better than getting a shared one but even if you do get a shared room, it is only for one term unlike other colleges like Chads where you share for the whole year. The location is also ideal as it's immediately next to the science site where the main university library (Bill Bryson) is and about 15 mins walk away from the Theology department on Palace Green. You can read some blogs on Grey that will give you more insight:
Welcome to Grey College
My first day at Durham
Let me tell you about Grey

About the course itself, I can see on the course handbook that there's a long list of optional modules within Theology itself that you can take. One of these modules is God and the Good: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. But as per the handbook, you can also take modules from other courses like Philosophy that aren't related to theology. I'm studying law but was able to take optional modules from other courses so I studied Korean for two years. You can get more info about this from a current Theology student that you can contact on Unibuddy. You can also read about experiences other students have had on this course:
What's it like studying Theology at DU?
What's it like studying Theology and Religion?
What's it like studying Theology and Religion? Part 2

Hope this helps and good luck :smile:

-Himieka
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Original post by trichards32
hi!! i got an offer from durham university a couple months ago to study theology and religious studies, but i applied for philosophy and theology. i also just got my college allocation back and got my 9th choice (grey) and was really gutted as it felt like something that would never actually happen and has really impacted my decision on whether or not i should choose to study at durham in september. should i put this much thought into it or is it not as important as i think?? i'm struggling to choose between edinburgh (where i was offered philosophy and theology) and durham. does anyone here know anything good about greys?? or more importantly is there anyone here that studies theology and religious studies and know whether i can choose a lot of philosophy optional modules?? i have tried to compare both courses from durham and edinburgh but it's quite hard as they can be so similar and it's hard to know whether i will enjoy studying either course until i get there. i spoke to the head of theology at durham at an offer holder day and he said i would be able to take optional modules in philosophy, but i'm not sure how much i'll be able to do this and whether it would be more sensible to take my offer at edinburgh as it's the course i actually applies for. i need to decide ASAP so if anyone could help, i'd be so grateful !!

Heyyy!! I also got grey and it was my eighth choice so I feel you with the disappointment. After looking at the ig and reading LOTS of blogs, I feel much better about it and actually quite excited as it seems so so friendly and still small which is really important to me. Good luck with either of your choices but I'll see you in September if u pick durham! :smile:)
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Original post by emiliesparkee
Heyyy!! I also got grey and it was my eighth choice so I feel you with the disappointment. After looking at the ig and reading LOTS of blogs, I feel much better about it and actually quite excited as it seems so so friendly and still small which is really important to me. Good luck with either of your choices but I'll see you in September if u pick durham! :smile:)
Yeah to be honest, after looking at it, it does actually look quite nice and friendly and still has the important things that I wanted e.g. catered, chapel and music room and I think it has a gym. I think it was just a bit of a shock at first and a little disappointing compared to the architecture/old time feel of the other colleges. But I’ve heard so many people say that wherever you go you’ll make friends so hopefully if I end up going, it’ll still be fun and I’ll see you there :smile::smile:

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