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. You should also submit a sample of academic writing. We also require a sample of written work (up to around 3,000 words), a short statement of around 500 words outlining your interest in the programme, and at least one academic reference.

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.
  • All subjects can be studied from within or without a personal faith base, so that the subject’s doors are wide open to anyone willing to learn and contribute.

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.

Information for international students

IELTS:overall score 7.0; no sub-test less than 7.0. ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22 with Speaking no less than 23. CAE: 185; no sub-test less than 185 CPE: 185; no sub-test less than 185. PTE Academic: 68; minimum 60 in writing

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

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