Taught course

Religion, Literature & 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 refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 100; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 24
    • Listening: 24
    • Speaking: 23
    • Writing: 27
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 70; no sub-test less than 70
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEIII at Pass with Pass in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

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