Our MA in Religion (Canterbury and Paris) is a new programme providing core training in metholodogies of the study of religion while encouraging wider interdisciplinary work.
Following an autumn term at our Canterbury campus, you spend a Spring term studying in Paris, where you gain a specific insight into the influence of religion in a European context. Your knowledge is enhanced and shaped through the independence that is gained by living abroad for a period of time.
The programme is primarily for students who wish to pursue further postgraduate research or research in other contexts. It offers an overview of key theoretical debates in the study of religion, as well as methodological issues and approaches for conducting fieldwork.
You complete two core modules (one in the Autumn; one in the Spring), both attracting 30 credits. You can also select two 30-credit option modules that will help you to further develop your specific interests.
Compulsory modules: •Religion and Modern European Thought •The Study of Religion
You are also able to select optional modules that will help you to develop your specific interests. As demand for doctoral research funding becomes increasingly competitive, you also receive guidance on seeking funding and writing research proposals, as well as the opportunity to refine ideas for a research project through the taught modules and dissertation.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.
TH830 - Religion and European Thought (Paris) (30 credits) TH832 - The Study of Religion: Genealogies, Inventions and Interventions (30 credits) FR803 - Paris and the European Enlightenment (30 credits) FR820 - Paris: Reality and Representation (30 credits) TH998 - Dissertation: Theology & Religious Studies (60 credits) TH876 - Religion, Media and Culture (30 credits)
Assessment is by coursework on the taught modules and the dissertation on the MA programme.
The interdisciplinary nature of the programme means that you can specialise while also being well-prepared for the modern University job market, where versatility and interdisciplinary is increasingly the norm. The University’s aim of ensuring our students acquire discipline-specific and transferable skills through the curriculum is at the heart of this new MA programme. Additionally, the experience of living overseas brings a confidence and independence that many employers find desirable. Although teaching is in English, you also enhance your linguistic skills, enhancing your skill set for the competitive job market.
The Graduate School Scholarship Scheme was established in 2009 to celebrate the founding of the University's Graduate School, which is responsible for the strategic development of graduate education and research within the University. The aim of the scheme is enable Kent graduates to continue study at the University in the next academic year after graduation from their undergraduate degree.Candidates can hold the Graduate School Scholarship in conjunction with other awards except where these awards offer full fees and a Research Council UK equivalent maintenance grant. The Graduate School Scholarship cannot be held in conjunction with the University's loyalty discount.Criteria- Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with honours (or undergraduate Masters degree) awarded in 2016 by the University of Kent. This scholarship offer is not available to those students who have been awarded foundation degrees, HNCs, HNDs or postgraduate degrees. - Candidates must have satisfied the criteria for admission and register for a postgraduate degree (Masters or Doctorate) with the University of Kent by 1 October 2016. Students considering this offer are advised to check the entry criteria for their favoured postgraduate programme of study prior to application. - Candidates must be self-funded, i.e. they are paying their tuition fees themselves. - Open to overseas/home/EU fee paying students.
Value of Scholarship(s)
£1,000 reduction (£500 per annum for part-time students, for 2 years) in tuition fees
Kent 2016 graduates who earn a Bachelor's degree with honours (or undergraduate Master's degree) and register for a postgraduate degree at Kent by 1 October 2016.
There is no need to make a separate application. The tuition fee reduction will be provided to all eligible 2016 graduates on registration.