Taught course

Leadership, Religion and Society

University of Sheffield · University of Sheffield

Entry requirements

Normally an undergraduate degree. However, practical and applied experience will be considered. Applicants with relevant work experience and good academic potential should also apply.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This flexible and innovative course has been designed for professionals in leadership positions who want to get the most out of their roles by exploring issues of religion and belief.

The course will be useful to a wide range of professional groups, including those working in law and criminal justice, health and social care, government, education, and corporate and professional organisations involved in community projects.

Throughout the course you’ll explore contemporary areas of religious debate and research. Your learning will have a direct impact on your professional practice.

Where your masters can take you

Our graduates go into a range of careers all over the world, including university lecturing, the creative industries and religious education. They work for a variety of organisations, from charities to museums and libraries.

The MA Biblical Studies Research is designed to be a good preparation for a PhD.

About us

This is one of the world’s leading institutes for multidisciplinary research on the Bible. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us among the UK top ten for quality output.

We take a dynamic, contemporary approach to the subject. Drawing on expertise from various disciplines including archaeology, history and social science and literature, we examine the Bible’s influence on culture, society and politics.

Our current research includes projects on biblical literacy, religion and conflict, embodied religion, the Bible and forced migration, and religion and rape culture.

Outstanding teaching

When you study with us, you tap into a huge amount of specialist expertise. As a masters student, you’ll be part of the culture of the department, giving presentations at research seminars and engaging with visiting researchers.

Core modules

Innovative residential sessions which will suit working professionals. The module sessions run for three days either over weekends or during the week.

Leadership and Religion in Society: Past, Present and Future; Interdisciplinary Imaginations of Religion, Belief and Leadership; Contemporary Challenges of Religion in Professions and Practice; Sacred Texts and Sources for Religious Literacy.

Leadership, Religion and Society: Reflective practice dissertation

Teaching and assessment

Each taught module will consist of the following format:

  • Two residential study schools, which will consist of 40 hours of lectures, seminars, tutorials
  • Conference tutorial time
  • Individual tutorial time
  • Online group learning environment
  • Action research
  • Independent study
  • The dissertation will consist of tutorials and independent study.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 9707