Research course

Sikh Studies

Institution
University of Birmingham · Department of Theology and Religion
Qualifications
MRes

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Sikh Studies MRes is a research degree that includes taught components and a 20,000-word thesis. The programme’s taught element will seek to provide you with an understanding of the Sikh religion in a theological, anthropological and ‘case-by-case’ context with particular reference to the contemporary scene. The focus is issue-based rather than, say, linguistic; thus, texts studied will be in English and there are no requirements barring entry with regard to languages (eg, Punjabi). It aims to develop your critical reasoning skills to enable you to objectively analyse Sikh writings as well as writings about Sikhism by both Sikh and non-Sikh scholars, and provides an excellent foundation for subsequent doctoral research.

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.

It aims to develop your critical reasoning skills to enable you to objectively analyse Sikh writings as well as writings about Sikhism by both Sikh and non-Sikh scholars.

Finally, throughout the programme there will be some emphasis on comparative study and its importance for the study of inter-religious dialogue and relations. The studies will be largely contemporary and will also make reference to wider ‘generic’ issues (eg, matters of Asian religious practices, world views and cultural aspects).

Core modules

  • Research Methods
  • Contemporary Issues in Sikhism
  • Sikh Perspectives on Interreligious Relations
  • Feminism in Islam
  • Hinduism, Colonialism, Nationalism
  • History of Christian Muslim Relations
  • Islam in Diaspora
  • Islamic Philosophy
  • Political Islam
  • Problems of Philosophical Religion
  • Religion and Peacebuilding
  • Religion in Contemporary Global Politics
  • Special Study

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT

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Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate enquiry service
Email
postgraduate@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Phone
0121 414 5005