Normally a 2:1 degree in religious studies and/or theology or related disciplines is required. Applicants with lower qualifications or a degree in another discipline should contact the Department for advice. Those with appropriate relevant experience but who do not have a degree will also receive consideration.
Months of entry
This course will enable you to explore the diversity of global religious and spiritual life; probe relationships between religion, spirituality, society, identity, ethics and popular culture; explore texts and traditions; consider the phenomenon of religion from a range of disciplinary perspectives; receive training in advanced research skills; and undertake field research.
Our course is ideal for anyone seeking to gain greater understanding of the impact of religion and spirituality in the contemporary world and at some key points in history, and to develop critical thinking skills. It is also ideal as a means of training for further doctoral studies in religion.
Professionals in both the private and public sectors engage in this Master’s course to increase their ‘religious literacy’ and to demonstrate to their employers the many transferable skills fostered by the study of religions. Teachers take the course to bolster their expertise in a range of religious traditions. Many students take this course simply because they consider studying the world’s religious beliefs, texts, histories and practices fascinating and relevant.
We will provide you with opportunities and training to undertake field research in religious communities, both abroad and in the UK.
If you are a school teacher, and your school is willing to make a small contribution, you may qualify for some assistance with your fees from the Culham St Gabriel's Trust. For details, see: www.cstg.org.uk/grants/3forre/
The course is available entirely through online distance learning or through a combination of face-to-face taught sessions, intensive residentials and online learning.
Full-time and part-time students should expect to devote 30 hours or 15 hours respectively per week to their studies. You will also have two to six contact hours per week.
Assessments include long essays (usually 4,000 words), shorter critical reviews, research proposals, and other shorter tasks. There are no examinations. The dissertation is a single piece of work comprising 20,000 words.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Department of Theology and Religious Studies