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Master of Religious Studies (MA)


University of Otago Division of Humanities

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About the course

Religious Studies seeks both to understand religion as a universal human phenomenon and to explore the variety of ways in which people express their religious commitments in thought and action. Since Religious Studies students study a wide variety of societies and cultures, this is a subject which can be profitably included within most courses of study.

Papers in Religious Studies are designed to be accessible to everyone, irrespective of religious background.

The subject would be particularly useful to students of HistoryPhilosophyPolitical StudiesClassical StudiesEducationPsychologyAnthropology and Art History. Students who have majored in Religious Studies at Otago have gone on to careers in teaching, religious and social work,

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Entry Requirements

Every applicant must either be a graduate, or have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).

In considering an applicant's qualifications, regard will be had to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant's performance in the programme. Applicants must normally have achieved an average grade of at least B+ in the papers at the highest level in the programme.


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