Taught course

Religion and Culture

University of Birmingham · Department of Theology and Religion

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline is required for entry

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes degree is a research programme with some provision for taught modules. It offers a framework within which you can develop knowledge and skills in the social, cultural and theological study of religion and lived faith in contemporary society. Depending on your individual interests, studies can include formal religions, alternative/’New Age’ spiritualities, or alternative sources of meaning that are not conventionally thought of as ‘religious’. You can also study religion in different regional contexts, looking at anthropological, sociological, historical and cultural issues.

The programme comprises four components; a compulsory Research Methodology module, two optional modules, and a 20,000-word thesis on a topic of your choice.

Core modules:

  • Research Methods

Optional modules:

  • Contemporary Theology and the Holy Spirit
  • Evangelical and Pentecostal Hermeneutics
  • History and Theology of Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism
  • Pentecostal/Charismatic Theology in Context
  • Political Islam
  • The Electronic Book
  • Greek Palaeography and Codicology
  • NT Textual Criticism
  • History Christian Muslim Relations
  • Islam in Diaspora
  • Classic Problems in the Philosophy of Religion
  • Sikh Perspectives Interreligious Relations
  • Religion in Contemporary Global Politics
  • Contemporary Sikh Studies
  • Problems of Religious Diversity
  • Islamic Philosophy
  • Religion and Peacebuilding
  • Que(e)rying Theology and Biblical Studies
  • Feminism in Islam
  • Contemporary Sufi Movements
  • Dead Sea Scrolls (subject to approval)
  • The Bible and sacred Space (subject to approval)

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,110 FT - £2,055 PT
International students
£13,680 FT

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005