The study of religion draws on a wide range of methodologies including history, philosophy, politics, sociology, and cultural studies to name but a few. It involves learning about religious phenomena and a quest for insight and understanding of human existence. Religion and culture are often closely intertwined. The study of religion provides a window onto cultures past and present. The appropriate context for the study of religion is that of critical empathy: neither seeking to denigrate nor promote, but rather to describe, analyse and evaluate and, hopefully, arrive at a position of informed understanding. The Studies in Religion programme involves a combination of Religious Studies (RELS) papers together with nominated papers from other subjects. Together, these papers enable a student to create a coherent programme of specialist study that will provide a stimulating complement to a large number of other subject areas.