Taught course

Study of Religions

Institution
University of Wales Trinity Saint David · School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies
Qualifications
MAPGCertPGDipMRes

Entry requirements

Normally a good honours degree.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Our Study of Religions programmes place a particular emphasis on contemporary religions. They will enable you to undertake in-depth analysis and engage with different traditions in a manner that is free, fair, accurate and open to correction.

You will be encouraged to explore not just the theoretical, but also the practical, lived aspects of religious faith and practice in different contexts. The content of the modules explore different aspects of religion today and have been developed by staff with backgrounds in sociology, anthropology and religious studies and work on traditions from different parts of the world including South Asian, Afro-Caribbean and Latin American, Western European and North American contexts.

Theology and religion have been an important part of life and teaching on the Lampeter and Carmarthen campuses since the early 19th Century. The School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies is one of the oldest of its kind in the UK and was the first of its kind in Wales. When you join one of these programmes you become a part of a long-established tradition of teaching excellence and a world-wide community of learners.

Learning and Teaching

The MA programme is divided into two parts; you will complete a series of taught modules followed by a dissertation in part two. Students on the MRes programme will complete three taught modules totalling 60 credits followed by a 120-credit dissertation amounting to up to 30,000 words. Your dissertation supervisor will be available to you to help guide you through the independent research phase. Students who complete three or six 20-credit modules can graduate with an award of PG Certificate or PG Diploma respectively.

Modules

  • Compulsory (MA and MRes):
  • Study Skills for the Study of Religions (20 credits)
  • Theory and Methodology in the Study of Religions (20 credits)
  • Religion, Spirituality and Secularism (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 / 120 credits)

Optional modules include (MA only):

  • Islam Today (20 credits)
  • Religious Experience Today (20 credits)
  • Fieldwork Methods for the Study of Religions (20 credits)
  • Ritual and Religions (20 credits)
  • Buddhist Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Cosmology, Magic and Divination in the Classical World (20 credits)

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12-24 months
part time
24-48 months
distance learning
12-48 months

PGCert

part time
24 months
full time
12 months
distance learning
12-24 months

PGDip

part time
24 months
full time
12 months
distance learning
12-24 months

MRes

distance learning
12-48 months
part time
24-48 months
full time
12-24 months

Course contact details

Name
Prof. Bettina Schmidt
Email
b.schmidt@uwtsd.ac.uk