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Course content

Religion, Ethics and Society focuses on the engagement of religious and theological traditions with a range of social, political and cultural contexts in the contemporary world.
Programme Content

The programme offers broad-based advanced study and research training focusing on religion, theology and ethics in contemporary societies. Students use a range of academic disciplines and approaches to reflect critically on religious traditions, their theologies and practices in the complex social and political contexts of the contemporary world. Students are encouraged to engage in depth with religious and theological traditions, through careful critical work on significant texts, thinkers, movements and practices.

Students study core modules in religion and ethics, contemporary religions and/or the practice of theology, and research methods, plus a range of optional modules on topics such as theology and politics, religion and globalisation, bioethics, and interreligious dialogue. The course concludes with a supervised research project on a subject of your choice. The range of core and optional modules allows students to either balance the religious studies and Christian theology elements of the programme, or to follow a path that focuses mostly on one or the other.


• The Practice of Contemporary Christian Theology
• Religion in the Contemporary West
• Theology, Religion and Ethics
• Research Methods and Skills
• Christian Theology and Bioethics
• The Church and Politics
• Faith and the City
• Death in World Religions
• Death in the Christian Tradition
• Introduction to Orthodox Theology
• Orthodoxy in the Modern World
• Religion and Globalisation

Learning and Teaching

For distance learning students, course materials and resources will be made available online through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will receive tutorial support electronically, for example by email or Skype. On-campus delivery is through lectures and seminars supported by online resources on the VLE.


Students undertake a supervised research project leading to a 15,000 to 20,000 word dissertation.


The MTh in Religion, Ethics and Society is particularly suitable for continuing professional development of RE teachers, clergy and leaders of faith communities, pastoral workers and others whose professional lives demand a high-level understanding of this subject area. It is also ideal preparation for a research degree (MPhil or PhD) and the first steps of an academic career in theology and religious studies.






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