Taught course

Religion, Politics and Society

University of Leeds · School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science

Entry requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline, such as religious studies, theology, sociology or politics.
  • Relevant professional experience will also be considered/taken into consideration.

Months of entry


Course content

This course focuses on how religious traditions encourage, contest, facilitate, disrupt, or otherwise influence political and social change. You’ll learn about the importance of religions to phenomena such as social movements, revolutions, terrorism, global development, gender, sexuality and race discrimination, migration and diaspora.

You’ll also critically interrogate the concept of ‘religion’ in the context of different theories of politics, policy and social change, engaging with hotly debated and contested topics such secularisation and ‘post-secularism’, religious identity and representation, religion and the public sphere. The course draws on expertise across the School ranging from theological, philosophical, sociological and anthropological approaches to the topic. You’ll have the option of designating a specialised pathway in one of two areas – ‘development’ or ‘gender’ – and also of taking the external placement module, The Civic Researcher: Engaging the Modern City.

Leeds’ Centre for Religion and Public Life is a unique centre for the engaged and critical study of contemporary religion in society, in its diverse contexts and across disciplinary boundaries. As a Leeds MA student you will be part of this research centre.

You could use this course as a stepping stone to further research; as preparation for, or development within, work in any sector where religion is relevant (for example the voluntary, advocacy, NGO, or policy sector); or simply to further your interest in this fascinating area.

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

Postgraduate Admissions Team