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Philosophy and Religion (MA)

Course Description

MA Philosophy and Religion
The MA Philosophy and Religion explores the dynamics of the constant interplay between philosophical and theological issues, and the consequences which flow from this for practical living. It incorporates reflection on religion from both philosophical and theological perspectives and addresses questions such as religious fulfilment and ethical motivation as raised in the classical Christian tradition and in modern analysis. This MA aims to be of interest to a wide range of students – for example those engaged in the study and practice of religion, those interested in making an informed contribution to contemporary religious, social and ethical debate; and those whose professional life involves philosophical and ethical questions.

The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation:

Reason and Religion focuses on a selection of key arguments about the existence and nature of the divine, and the implications of these for human life. It examines the work of philosophers from a range of religious traditions and none, and encourages an understanding of both historical debates and current developments in each topic. The module aims to cover most of the Philosophy of Religion topics from the AS and A2 Philosophy (AQA) syllabus for those with an interest in teaching AS/A2 Philosophy, although it is intended for anyone with an interest in studying the rationality of religious belief.

Options include:
Contemporary Christian Thought
Understanding Religion in the Age of Modernity
Foundations of Ethics
Ethical Issues Today
Bioethics & Sexual Ethics
Selected Themes in European Philosophy
The Franciscan Spiritual Tradition: Faith, Reason & Spirituality
ABR404 Unity & Diversity in Contemporary Islamic Thought

Evenings; typically two evenings a week in term-time for a full-time student and one evening for a part-time student.

If you do not complete the full MA, you may qualify for an interim award of a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) or Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).

A range of bursaries and scholarships are available to help eligible students meet the cost of the tuition fees.

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject

Course Fees

£4,500 (full-time, Home & EU fees), £2,350 (part-time Home & EU fees), £11,500 (full-time International fees)

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