Taught course

Contemporary Religion

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

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

January, September

Course content

This programme has been designed to allow students to study a range of subjects related to religion in contemporary world, while also developing skills that are vital for a professional career. It is designed to cater for graduates who are looking for an academic career in the study of religion, or who are interested in the subject area and want to improve their employability in the professional market.

There are two main routes through the programme:

The Research Route is specifically designed for students who enjoy research and who are likely to want to go on to do doctoral studies in the discipline. You will be taught research skills relevant to theology and religious studies, and have the chance to do an extended project leading to an 18k word dissertation.

The Professional Route is aimed at students who want to develop professional skills alongside the study of religion. You will be taught skills related to devising and managing a small project within a religious or similar organisation, which will help you to become a reflective practitioner.

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Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you need to take an IELTS test or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University (see University requirements). You must pass at 6.5 or higher in all four aspects of the test (listening, reading, speaking and writing).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see York St John University website here: https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees--funding/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Theology Office
01904 876462