Taught course

Contemporary Religion

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

Entry requirements

In addition to the University’s general entry criteria for postgraduate study, you must have:

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 MA Contemporary Religion offers a varied and exciting programme taught by experienced, research active academics. You can expect to be challenged academically as you engage with a range of subjects related to religion in today’s world, and to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the subject. In addition, the course is designed to develop your research and critical thinking skills in order to equip you for future employment or further academic study.

There are two routes through the programme:

The Research Route is designed for students whose focus is mainly academic research, and who are likely to want to go on to study at doctoral level. You will receive training in doing research at postgraduate level, and your degree will comprise two subject-based taught modules, the research skills module, and a substantial research dissertation.

The Professional Route is designed for students who may not necessarily want to go on to an academic career, but who want to develop their academic skills and professional practice. You will develop a small project related to religion in society, which you may use as part of a dissertation-based research project. You will be taught skills of project management and reflective practice and your degree will comprise three subject-based taught modules, the professional skills module, and a dissertation.

For full-time students modules are delivered on two days of the week. The contact hours for taught modules are usually two hours a week over a ten week period.

Information for international students

International students will need to demonstrate that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home students (ie same entry criteria as above). If their first language is not English they must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (in all areas of the test) or equivalent.

Due to immigration laws, International Students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about Visa requirements and Short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa & Immigration webpages.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A Postgraduate Loan is available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more about the postgraduate loan.

You can also look at our Postgraduate funding webpages: https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees--funding/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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