Taught course

Abrahamic Religions

Heythrop College · Theology

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

Extend your understanding of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in our MA Abrahamic Religions programme. You will focus on the contemporary religious thought of the three faiths, especially their theological responses to the challenge of modernity and engagement with each other.

The programme attracts teachers, ministers, imams, rabbis, community leaders and anyone who is interested in the dialogue between the three Abrahamic Religions.

The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation:

Religion and the Religions in the Modern World

Examine important theoretical issues with the study of religion in the context of modernity. You will look at how modernity impacts the study of religion and its contemporary discussion, and you will examine different approaches to studying it. You will also learn the approaches of objective critique of ideology in social science and examine the ramifications of this approach to the study of religion.

Unity and Diversity in Contemporary Islamic Thought

Explore the tension between tradition and renewal in Muslim responses to the challenges of modernity. You will study the foundational texts of Islam (Qur’an and Sunna) in relation to key issues such as Islamic law, gender and jihad, as well as religious pluralism and interfaith relations.

Contemporary Christian Thought

Study Christian theological inquiry into faith as it is confronted by the challenges of the modern world. You will cover biblical hermeneutics and the question of ‘the historical Jesus’, the Second Vatican Council, and the Church’s on-going engagement with major world religions and with critical philosophical inquiry arising from modern and post-modern unbelief.

Contemporary Judaism

Look at how Judaism has been transformed and fragmented by its encounter with the modern world by reviewing the intellectual challenges of the Enlightenment, major ethical dilemmas and the impact of feminism on personal and community relationships.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. Please visit our website to find out about our language requirements. Our International Students section has additional information for students from outside the UK.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Heythrop is proud to offer our students generous scholarships and bursaries. We have four scholarships available for postgraduates:

  • Student Support Scholarship
  • Alumni Scholarship
  • Qualified Teacher Scholarship
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

Please visit our website for full details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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