Taught course

Education and Religious Education

Liverpool Hope University · Education Faculty

Entry requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline. Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students where they are required to visit settings other than their own.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MA Education and Religious Education takes an innovative approach to religious education issues, allowing students to develop strengths and interests by encouraging reflection and debate with like-minded professionals, supported by staff with experience and expertise in this area.

The programme has been designed to cater for the interests of professionals in all kinds of settings including primary, secondary and post-compulsory education; faith and non-faith schools and faith organisations.

This award could provide a progression route for those who have just completed their undergraduate degrees and intend to become teachers of Religious Education. Alternatively, it might also be taken by PGCE Primary and Secondary with a religious education specialism - who may have already gained 60 credits at Master's level. Currently qualified teachers may wish to engage with the programme to enhance existing subject knowledge and leadership skills.

The award is also available to graduates or teachers of other specialisms who are intending to apply for teaching programmes in Religious Education.

Studying for the award will require students to engage confidently with key debates in Religious Education in order to develop their personal philosophy through appropriate reflection, analysis, and research. A key aspect of the award is the flexibility to pursue individual interests, phase specialisms and other professional concerns. There will also be the opportunity to study alongside learning environments and drawing on a wide range of staff specialisms and expertise.

The full Masters award requires you to gain 180 credits, including a dissertation. The curriculum is constructed from 60-credit ‘Blocks’ of provision, from which students will choose two of the combinations permitted. Each 60-credit Block comprises either two 30-credit or four 15-credit modules.

Education in Action block

Learning and Teaching (15 credits)

Assessment (15 credits)

Curriculum Theory (15 credits)

Curriculum Development (15 credits)

Education Theory block

Core Philosophers of Education (15 credits)

History of British Education 1750 to the Present Day (15 credits)

Educational Inequalities in the Global Age (15 credits)

Developmental Psychology (Childhood) - (15 credits)

Religious Education block

Controversial Issues in Religious Education (30 credits)

Context, Curriculum and Purposes of Religious Education (30 credits)

Information for international students

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit our website.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

UK Student Recruitment
0151 291 3111