Taught course

Psychology of Religion

Heythrop College · Psychology

Entry requirements

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in psychology, religious studies, theology or another appropriate subject

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Psychology of Religion is for students and investigators in the fields of psychology, philosophy and religious studies as well as teachers of religious education, mental health professionals and pastoral care workers, priests and ministers of religion. The programme approaches religion from the standpoint of psychology, without assuming the truth of religious claims and values, and asks what psychology can offer to our understanding of people’s religious beliefs, values, and behaviour. Relationships between religious belief and behaviour are explored, as are those between religion, mental health and well-being, and the importance of social and contextual factors in religious development. The programme takes into account that students will be coming from varied academic backgrounds and welcomes this diversity.

The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation. Core modules in Psychology and Religion and Psychological Perspectives on Religious Development provide a theoretical and historical context in which to further examine and explore the subject. In Scientific Study of Religion and Mental Health, Religion and Culture students look at more in-depth areas of research and debates around the subject.

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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