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The MA in Religion provides advanced study of the religious traditions of both the West and Asia. The programme offers two pathways:
These reflect the expertise in the Department of Religion and Theology and allow you to study various religious traditions with scholars who are world-renowned experts in those fields.
The taught element of the programme requires you to do some study of both Asian and Western religious traditions (irrespective of the pathway you choose) but also allows you to focus more rigorously on the study of either Buddhism or religion and theology more broadly. In either pathway, the aim is to help you engage in in-depth study, led by staff who teach careful, rigorous, scholarly research methods
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent). Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.
I studied at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, with a major in Religious Studies and a minor in Communication Arts. I decided to continue straight through for my masters since a lot of the work I want to do in higher education requires a Master's degree.
I looked up top universities for Religious Studies, mainly programmes which involved the study of multiple religions. Bristol was up there on the list and matched what I wanted. During the decision-making process, I couldn't come and visit, so I mainly researched the city and talked to staff members. Everyone was really nice and I just felt like it was the right fit. I had a good gut feeling about Bristol.
The Theology and Religious Studies department has really been there for me every step of the way, giving me individual attention and challenging me to be my best. I'm accomplishing things I never thought possible, all with the support and encouragement of my professors. I feel that the personal attention from supervisors has impressed me the most. In a large university, it's easy to get lost, but my department has managed to keep a personal connection with their students. It makes me want to work harder and makes me comfortable to go out of my comfort zone.
Bristol is a fantastic place to have a great educational experience while also living in an amazing city. The way the university and city work together and are intertwined makes me feel like I can explore and I feel I’m actually living in Bristol, not next to it.
I love the people and the diversity of the city. Each area is new and exciting and completely different from other areas, yet they are all part of Bristol! It's really easy to travel around in the UK, which is really nice. I love the tea, as an avid tea drinker. But most importantly
I love the people in England, I have always made great and lasting friendships here!
My plans are to work in Campus Ministry in a university setting, or some other spiritual aspect of campus life. After working for a few years, I want to get my PhD and teach at a university. Previously I felt like a PhD might not be in my reach, but this year has shown me that it is more than possible, and that I can achieve that goal!