Taught course

Philosophy and Religion

Heythrop College · Philosophy

Entry requirements

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Philosophy and Religion explores the dynamics of the constant interplay between philosophical and theological issues, and the consequences which flow from this for practical living. It incorporates reflection on religion from both philosophical and theological perspectives and addresses questions such as religious fulfilment and ethical motivation as raised in the classical Christian tradition and in modern analysis. The degree will be of interest to a wide range of students – those engaged in the study and practice of religion, and those whose professional life involves philosophical and ethical questions.

The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation. The core module Understanding Religion in the Age of Modernity explores various theoretical approaches to religion developed over the last two centuries and the ground-breaking work of philosopher Charles Taylor in regard to the origins of the modern secular worldview and the place of a responsible religious faith within it. In Reason and Religion students examine historical and contemporary topics such as arguments for and against the existence of God, the nature of religious belief and language, and ideas of the afterlife.

From there students have optional modules that allow them to select from related groups to make an ‘ethics pathway’ or a ‘philosophic pathway’, but it is not a requirement to choose one of these. Whatever choice you make, you will have opportunities to consider some historical philosophical and theological approaches to religious questions, a range of philosophical views from different religious traditions, and issues in ethics. Some modules are only available every other year: it is normally possible to adjust the sequence of your modules to allow you to follow your preferences.

Information for international students

IELTS (taken within two years of the start of your studies at Heythrop) - 6.5 With no less than 6.5 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Find out more about language requirements and other tests.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The College has established a new Scholarship Fund which is open to postgraduate students starting their studies in September 2014. Scholarships will be awarded to students on the basis of financial need and motivation to study at Heythrop and will be used to reduce the tuition fees charged to students by the College. College scholarships reducing the cost of tuition are also available for qualified teachers, alumni, and applicants with a first class honours degree at undergraduate level.

Please refer to the College website for full details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment80
Dissertation20 (12000 words)

Course contact details

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