Masters degrees in Religious Studies take a comparative approach to the world’s religious traditions, encouraging postgraduate students to examine the relationships between religion and society, identity, culture, anthropology and many other fields.
Other relevant postgraduate specialisms include Theology and Biblical Studies, as well as courses focusing on specific religions. Depending on the nature of the programme, you could receive a Master of Arts (MA), a Master of Research (MRes), a Master of Theology (MTh) or a Master of Letters (MLitt).
Why study a Masters in Religious Studies?
A Masters in Religious Studies gives you the chance to explore religion from a range of different perspectives. It’s a broad and rich area of study, offering opportunities to hone in on a specific facet of a single religion, or to take a global approach to several religious traditions.
These courses are often interdisciplinary in nature, allowing postgraduates to use techniques and methodologies from subjects like history, sociology and ethnography (to name a few examples). You may also be able to take modules from outside the Religious Studies department, based on your research interests.
Career prospects for Religious Studies postgraduates are suitably broad, and you could find work in areas as diverse as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), charity, publishing, journalism and social work.