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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).
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.
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Supervision in Theology can be offered in areas such as Biblical studies; Patristics; Church History; History and Interpretation of Christian doctrine; Systematics/Constructive Theology; Modern Theology and Philosophy, Theology and Sexuality; Theology and Theatre/Performance Studies, Political Theology and Black Theology. Read more
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. Read more
Research in Biblical studies, religious studies or theology will enable you to complete a survey of existing knowledge in your selected area. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Religious Education) leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and offers 120 credits towards our MA Teaching Studies. Read more
This course will enable you to explore the diversity of global religious and spiritual life; probe relationships between religion, spirituality, society, identity, ethics and popular culture; explore texts and traditions; consider the phenomenon of religion from a range of disciplinary perspectives; receive training in advanced research skills; and undertake field research. Read more
The full Masters award requires you to gain 180 credits. The following modules are studied as part of the 60 credit block - Religious Education. Read more
The master's programme in Religious Studies at Leiden University gives you the opportunity to explore a broad spectrum of religions and their manifestations from a comparative perspective.The multi-disciplinary Master's in Religious Studies at Leiden University offers an expansive curriculum through which you can explore religion. Read more
This is a broad MA programme that aims to explore the academic discipline of Religious Studies. We seek to introduce you to key theoretical and methodological issues in the study of religion from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Read more
At the School of Education, our faculty, staff, and students are scholars and social justice advocates engaged within the diverse San Francisco Bay Area and beyond
Our taught masters programmes are designed to deepen your knowledge in a subject you typically have studied at undergraduate level, although they can in some cases offer a new direction in your academic career. Our masters are led by some of the UK’s most respected academics in Theology and Religious Studies.