Taught course

Theology and Religion

University of Birmingham · Department of Theology and Religion

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 (Hons) degree in Theology or a related discipline is normally required.

Months of entry


Course content

Theology and religion is a diverse subject area, employing a wide variety of methodological approaches in its discourse. Not only that, but it has significance both as a subject in its own right, and within communities of faith and other non-academic contexts. This programme reflects this complexity and is designed to prepare you for professions which depend upon an advanced awareness of issues of theology and religion, and allow you to better appreciate the significance of these issues in contemporary society. It also provides ideal preparation for further research.

You will become critically acquainted with the ‘sources’ of theology, such as scriptural writings, historical traditions and doctrinal issues. You will also examine the importance of the sociological and cultural background; for example, in terms of new ‘readings’ of theology that have emerged out of post-colonial contexts, and new insights into biblical scholarship which have arisen from contemporary culture.

You will also be encouraged to interrogate and critically analyse your own, and others’, presuppositions and approach your studies in ways that show sensitivity to the multi-disciplinary nature of the issues under discussion.

You will take one core module - Research Methods - and five optional modules, in addition to completing a 15,000-word dissertation.

You will choose your optional modules from the following:

  • Bible and Sacred Space
  • Contemporary Sikh Studies
  • Contemporary Sufism Movements
  • Contemporary Theology and the Holy Spirit
  • Feminism in Islam
  • Hinduism, Colonialism, Nationalism
  • History of Christian Muslim Relations
  • Islam in Britain
  • Islamic Philosophy
  • Political Islam
  • Problems of Philosophical Religion
  • Religion and Peacebuilding
  • Religion in Contemporary Global Politics
  • Religious Diversity
  • Sikh Perspectives on Interreligious Relations
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls: Texts and Context

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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