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Overview

Gain a sophisticated understanding of theories and methods at the forefront of Theology and Religious Studies. You’ll study diverse religious traditions in the UK and beyond, as well as their impact on the world around us.

Core modules explore the relationship between religion, theology and the public sphere in human rights, wealth and wealth creation, terrorism and social justice. You’ll also gain an understanding of research methods in the humanities and social sciences.

You’ll also select from optional modules focusing on topics that suit your interests, such as philosophy of religion, the links between religion and global development or gender, multiculturalism and more. With the support of leading researchers, including those working in our Centre for Philosophy of Religion and Centre for Religion and Public Life, you’ll develop a wide range of skills while exploring a subject that is vital for understanding the world we live in.

You’ll find plenty of resources at Leeds to inspire and inform your studies. The Special Collections housed in our world-class Brotherton Library include extensive collections of archive and early printed material, including hundreds of theological works from the 17th century onwards. We also hold the library of Ripon Cathedral and the archives of the Dean and Chapter, spanning from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century, as well as extensive archives relating to Quaker history.

This course is also available to study part-time over 24 months. You can also study for a postgraduate certificate (PGCert) or diploma (PGDip) qualification, where you take fewer modules overall.

Course content

You’ll take core modules introducing you to research methods, using approaches from across the humanities and social sciences, as well as exploring the relationship between theology and public life.

You’ll choose two optional modules from the range we offer, allowing you to focus on topics such as Muslims and multiculturalism, or philosophical approaches to spirituality. During the course you’ll acquire skills in research and interpretation and excellent social and cultural awareness. You’ll demonstrate this with your dissertation – an independent study on a research topic of your choice – which you’ll submit by the end of the course in August.

You can also go into even greater depth by choosing to swap one optional module for an extended dissertation. If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year. If you study for the PGCert or PGDip qualification, you’ll take fewer modules. You’ll also specialise in either theology or religious studies, depending on the modules you choose.

Modules

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Theology and Religious Studies PGDip Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Theology and Religious Studies MA Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Theology and Religious Studies PGCert Full Time in the course catalogue

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Philosophy and Spiritual Practice
  • Sin, Public Discourse and Public Life
  • Contemporary Issues in Religion and Gender
  • Muslims, Multiculturalism and the State
  • Religion, Politics and the Future: From Apocalypse to Utopia

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials where you can discuss the issues arising from your reading in greater depth. Independent study is also an important element of the programme, allowing you to develop your skills and pursue your own interests more closely.

Assessment

To help you gain and demonstrate a range of skills, you’ll be assessed using a range of different methods. These include essays and assignments as well as literature reviews, project reports and presentations.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

How to apply

There’s no final deadline for applications to this programme, but we recommend that UK/EU candidates apply at least two weeks before the start of the course. International candidates should try to allow at least a month.

We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, especially if you’re hoping to apply for scholarships.

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Documents and information you need

  • Copies of your degree certificate and full transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying.
  • Two academic references.
  • Sample of written work: an essay on a related subject of your choice of around 2,000-3,000 words. All samples must be typed and in English.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students.

Fees

  • See website

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

This programme gives you a range of in-depth subject knowledge, as well as valuable transferable skills in research, analysis, interpretation, communication and cultural awareness. All of these qualities are valuable in a wide range of careers.

Graduates pursue careers in a variety of sectors including the charity sector, NGOs, education, local government, civil service and policy work, business and legal services, the media and social work. Many also continue their studies at PhD level, and even pursue academic careers after this.


Visit the Theology and Religious Studies MA/PgCert/PgDip page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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