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The Studies in Philosophy and Religion MRes Distance Learning Programme is scheduled for a duration of one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). It is tailor-made to suit your interests in consultation with the areas of expertise offered by the School. It is designed also to suit the needs of those who are unable to attend time-tabled sessions at Bangor. It comprises two parts.)

Part 1:

Students will write two essays, each of 5000 words (30 credits each). The essay titles and content will be decided in consultation with your supervisor. However, they will follow any two topics listed below. Students will have full support from a supervisor (via e-mail, telephone, Skype, or any other means that is mutually convenient).

Topic List:

  • Eastern Philosophy and Religion (Hinduism, Sikhism, Shinto and Confucianism
  • Islamic Philosophy and ethics
  • Religious fundamentalism
  • Political Philosophy (including social theory such as Marx, Weber, Rawls etc.)
  • Globalization (including, multiculturalism)
  • The Enlightenment
  • Democratic theory
  • The Philosophy of Nietzsche
  • Psychoanalytic Studies
  • Jungian Theory
  • Ethical Theory
  • Applied Ethics
  • Religious Experience

Part 2:

Part 2 is a supervised dissertation of 40,000 words (120 credits). The subject of the dissertation will be decided by you in consultation with your supervisor. It is usually expected that the subject will relate to the broad range of topics listed above.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

When do I Apply?

The University will accept applications throughout the year. We would generally advise that you submit your application in enough time for you to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application.This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer (e.g. in the case of overseas students, taking an IELTS or TOEFL test to meet the English Language requirement).


Visit the Philosophy and Religion - MRes page on the Bangor University website for more details!

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