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Psychology of Religion (MA)

Course Description

MA Psychology of Religion
The programme approaches religion from the standpoint of psychology, without assuming the truth of religious claims and values, and asks what psychology can offer to our understanding of people’s religious beliefs, values, and behaviour. Relationships between religious belief and behaviour are explored, as are those between religion, mental health and well-being,and the importance of social and contextual factors in religious development. This University of London degree is for students and investigators in the fields of psychology, philosophy and religious studies as well as teachers of religious education, mental health professionals and pastoral care workers, priests and ministers of religion. The programme takes into account that students will be coming from varied academic back-grounds and welcomes this diversity.

The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation:

Psychology and Religion focuses on historical and theoretical approaches to understanding belief and practice, e.g. Freudian, Jungian, humanistic, phenomenological and behaviourist approaches.

Psychological Perspectives on Religious Development critically examines psychological and religious approaches to the evolution of religious faith and practice in the course of the life-cycle, e.g. in childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.

Scientific Study of Religion looks at main areas of research (e.g. mystical experience, conversion and the effects of faith on well-being), as well as main methods of research (e.g. various forms of empirical and hermeneutical inquiry) and their value to understanding of the individual.

Mental Health, Religion and Culture considers the cultural context of religious beliefs and the implications of culture and behaviour on mental health and illness.

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

PGCert Psychology of Religion
PGDip Psychology of Religion

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 psychology, religious studies, theology or another 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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