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MA Contemporary Religion

Course Description

The MA Contemporary Religion course is a varied and exciting programme with two routes to choose from; a research route, for those considering an academic career in the study of religion, and a professional route to give you an advantage in any field of expertise.

Course detail

This programme has been designed to allow students to study a range of subjects related to religion in today's 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.


For both routes you can choose from a range of taught modules, which draw on the research expertise of staff in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Four modules are offered each year on subjects that look at religion in relation to areas such as public life, philosophy, popular culture, psychology and peace–building. There is also a module that looks at the practice of religion in a specific faith which involves visiting a Buddhist community and engaging in conversations with devotees. The taught modules allow you to study religion from a range of different perspectives, learning different methods of study along the way.

You can also take some modules from our MA Theology & Ministry programme, which may be especially attractive to students interested in studying the Christian faith. These modules are taught in the evenings, and you can include up to two which will count towards your final award in Contemporary Religion.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please see the following link:

Other sources of funding

Information on alternative sources of funding can be found here:

Visit the MA Contemporary Religion page on the York St John University website for more details!

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.

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