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Your programme of study

Religion was recorded in the Palaeolithic period and during the Middle Ages it started to be shaped and formed. The programme draws on a rich history of religion since 1495 to understand religion in its modern context in the West. You are taught by active international researchers and practitioners.

The University of Aberdeen MSc in Religion and Society provides a unique opportunity for postgraduate study in the sociology of religion. Taught by well-known leaders in the field, the programme provides students with study in both the sociological study of religion and training in advanced sociological methods. This programme is ideally suited for anyone considering the pursuit of doctoral studies in sociology of religion, and also provides a broad-base of social-scientific skills that are both marketable and useful for those pursuing careers either in government or in the third-sector.

The University offers you very useful facilities which include a chapel from the Middle Ages on campus along with services, ceremonies and guided tours plus text and research built up since this time. The degree can be studied full time or part time and it allows you to combine it with your other work. Apart from work in the Ministry you can go on to work within Counselling, Researcher, and Teacher.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Qualitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods
  • Advanced Social Theory

Semester 2

  • Religious Belief and Practice in the Modern World

Optional Course

  • The Comparative Study of European Societies
  • Dimensions of Globalisation
  • Sex. Gender, Violence: Critical Approaches
  • Quantitative Sociology: Philosophy & Methods
  • Post-Conflict Justice and Peace building
  • Global Conflict and Peace Processes

Semester 3

  • Dissertation in Religion and Society

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Religion and Society stem from a rich heritage within Kings College dating back to 1495
  • Strong research defines excellent teaching from other disciplines

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September

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  • International
  • Scotland and EU
  • Other UK

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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.


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