Taught course

Religion, Literature and Culture

University of Glasgow · School of Critical Studies

Entry requirements

Normally, at least a 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an Arts, Humanities or Social science degree or the equivalent.

We also require a short statement of around 500 words outlining your interest in the programme, and at least one academic reference

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides a thorough and cutting-edge exploration of classic and contemporary debates in theology and religious studies, incorporating the latest scholarship in the field.

Why Glasgow

  • You will have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive overview of the field and to develop an area of expertise.
  • You will be taught by academics who are currently engaging in and shaping the international debates around the specialisations offered.
  • This programme is open to those of all faiths and none, and to those who are new to the study of religion.

Programme Structure

The 180 credit programme is comprised of two compulsory 30 credit core courses, two 20 credit optional courses, a compulsory 20 credit research skills course, and a compulsory 60 credit dissertation of 12,000 - 15,000 words.

The 12 month programme structure for full-time students is as follows:

Semester 1:

  • Core 1: Reason, Religion and Culture
  • Option 1
  • Research skills course

Semester 2:

  • Core 2: Reading, Religion, and Culture
  • Option 2
  • Dissertation (submitted in September)

Theology and Religious Studies has a selection of optional courses available, including:

  • Modern Islamic Thought
  • Muhammad
  • Reading Theology: Hermeneutics and Interpretation Theory
  • Writing Theology: Creative Writing as Theological Reflection
  • Central Issues in Christian Theology
  • Theology in the Catholic Tradition
  • Foundations of Contemporary Biblical Studies
  • Bible, Culture and Criticism
  • Sacred Texts and Critical Theories
  • Political Theologies
  • Religion and Violence
  • Directed Study

Please contact the Programme Convener for further details about planned taught courses. In order to promote interdisciplinary study, students can elect to take one optional course from any other University of Glasgow Masters programme. The directed study option allows for one-to-one supervision on a topic of personal interest.

Career prospects

As a graduate of this programme, you will be in possession of a variety of subject specific and transferable skills and graduate attributes which will equip you for a wide range of careers and for further academic study.

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements and the international page.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time £7,650
International students
Full time: EU £7,650 Non EU £16,650

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

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