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About History of Religions
Masters degree in History of Religions offer advanced study of the historical development and movements of religions across the globe, and their influences on various cultures.
Related subjects include World History and Social History. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Religious Studies or Cultural studies.
Religious History is a vast subject, with many research opportunities available to postgraduate students in this field. Spanning over 5,00 years of human history, these courses offer the opportunity to combine theory and methodology from fields such as Archaeology, Anthropology, Philosophy, and History.
Popular topics for study include the origins of intentional burial and their rituals, the significance of art and architecture in religious practise, and the dynamics of gender within religious observance.
You may also explore significant historical events, such as the Christianisation of the West during the reign of the Roman Empire, or the role of the Silk Road in spreading Buddhism.
Careers in this field may include roles in academia such as teaching or publishing, roles within heritage institutions such as museums or archives, or even the media including journalism and broadcasting.
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The MA Religions of Asia and Africa is in the first place a rewarding cultural and human experience. It is designed both as an end qualification in itself and as a platform preparing students for more advanced graduate work.
The Certificate in the Study of Religions, which may be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two or three years, consists of 4 units from the current Study of Religions list of undergraduate courses, chosen in consultation with the student’s Personal Tutor, and approved by the Head of Department.
This flexible programme looks at the Christian past from a variety of perspectives – theological, philosophical and historical – and provides options for special study of themes from the early church to modern times.
The MA in Theology and Religion serves both the specific needs of those focused on progressing towards doctoral research and looking to continue relatively broad-based studies in Theology and Religion to Level four, perhaps in support of a career in teaching.
This course involves the study of historical and systematic theology from a range of Christian perspectives. Durham has long-established strengths in both Greek and Latin patristics, the medieval Church and Reformation, contemporary Catholic and Anglican theology, theological ethics, and philosophical theology.
Our degree programmes cover the histories, systems of belief and thought in Africa, Asia and the Near and Middle East. Approaching our subject from the perspective of Asia and Africa, we explore in depth the dynamic histories and religions of these regions from a non-western-centric framework.
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The History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS is taught from an alternative perspective to Eurocentric art history, challenging the categories often taken for granted in the study of other cultures, and so encouraging new approaches to look at the distinctions between archaeology and art history and historical past and present.