Taught course

Religion in Society

York St John University · School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class or first class honours degree (or equivalent). This can be in any subject, though priority will be given to students with degrees in Humanities and especially in theology or religious studies.

Applicants with a lower second-class degree and knowledge of Theology and/or Religious Studies may be accepted on to the programme following an interview. This includes applicants who may have a lower second-class degree in another subject area and who have evidence of having studied theology or religious studies at certificate or diploma level (for example as part of ministry training).

Months of entry


Course content

The Religion in Society MA emphasises the importance of understanding the current religious climate and the interrelation of secular and religious communities, including the representation of religion in the media and popular culture, its activity in the public sphere and its significance for identity and wellbeing.

The course offers a varied and exciting programme taught by experienced, research-active academics designed to develop your research and critical thinking skills, whether you intend to pursue future employment or further academic study in the field, or whether you are exploring professional development and personal interest.

This exciting programme is supported by the Centre for Religion in Society – established in 2008 at York St John University for practitioners and professionals from across the humanities and social sciences to consider the role of religion in our cultural, social and political life. This unique, interdisciplinary resource will enrich your learning experience and enhance your religious literacy, your understanding of varieties of spirituality and your awareness of religion as it intersects with current and critical issues in the public sphere locally and globally.

Our course is enhanced by the wide range of speakers invited to give Ebor lectures and supported by the Centre for Religion in Society (CRiS). By engaging with the wide range of journalists, political activists and religious practitioners invited to give Ebor lectures you can explore the interrelation of secular and religious communities in relation to social justice and the complex issues of gender and sexuality, spirituality and mental health.

Speakers to date have included journalists, politicians, theologians and activists such as Julie Nicholson, Tariq Madood, Clare Short, Tony Benn, David Ford, Frances Young, Natalie Samarasinghe, Bhiku Parek, Lyse Doucet, Ruth Hunt, and Olav Fykse Tveit.

The interdisciplinary nature of the CRiS, the Ebor lectures and the staff in the Theology and Religious Studies department enable us to offer this exciting, cutting-edge programme; researching, exploring and debating the pressing and fraught theoretical and practical matters that impact on communities today, for those who are religious and those who are not.

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

Admissions Team