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The School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion offers a variety of forward-thinking postgraduate study opportunities and is home to a dynamic and friendly community of staff and students, pursuing original research on a wide range of topics.
The School is made up of the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Theology and Religion, both of which were ranked second among other departments in the country in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise.
The Departments are closely linked, providing opportunities for interdisciplinary study, but have also developed links more widely, in order to explore synergies with other disciplines.
The Department of Philosophy has links with the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, the International Development Department, the Birmingham Business School, the School of Psychology and the Birmingham Law School. In addition, the Department includes the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, which was founded in 2001 to address the practical and theoretical issues raised by globalisation. Global Ethics has natural affinities with Political Science and International Studies, as well as the Institute of Applied Social Studies.
The Department of Theology and Religion has extensive formal and informal links with a wide range of academic and religious institutions across five continents. It has also built up excellent relationships and partnerships with Birmingham’s many different faith communities; this offers an ideal context to study religion in its contemporary as well as its ancient cultural contexts. These relationships, coupled with our large international community of postgraduates, means you will be studying in a diverse, yet well-connected environment.
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Are you looking to explore Global Justice topics such as international trade, climate change, war and violence and terrorism and apply ethical theories to these areas? Delivered by the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics in the Department of Philosophy, this flexible programme offers a range of modules in the field of ethics. Read more
Are you looking to explore Global Justice topics such as international trade, climate change, war, and biomedical science and apply ethical theories to these areas? The MA Global Ethics and Justice will develop your knowledge of key global issues, and provide you with conceptual and analytical frameworks to enable you to understand and reflect on the ethical dimensions of these issues. Read more
Are you interested in learning about the issues at the intersections of International Law, European Law, ethics and international politics and how they… Read more
This programme offers a flexible framework within which you can develop knowledge and skills in Islamic Studies in historical and/or contemporary contexts, and provides an ideal foundation for further research. Read more
The Pentecostal and Charismatic movements are among the largest and fastest-growing traditions within world Christianity. Birmingham has a long-standing tradition of studying these movements and is a world leader in this field of research. Read more
What is it to have a mind? Are mental properties reducible to neural properties? Could a computer ever truly think? Can we know what it is like to be a bat? On this programme you will explore issues in philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences, such as the nature of intentionality, physicalism, rationality and interpretation, computation, perception, and consciousness. Read more
Do you want to explore key issues in ethics and the philosophy of religion more deeply? Are you looking to develop your professional or academic career path? On the MA Philosophy of Religion and Ethics programme you will explore a variety of questions - for example. Read more
Do you want to explore the key issues in the field of philosophy of religion and ethics? Are you looking to develop your professional or academic career… Read more
This is one of the only postgraduate courses dedicated to the Sikh religion in the UK. It is a research degree that includes taught components and a 20,000-word thesis. Read more
Theology and religion is a diverse subject area that is vital for understanding the contemporary world. The MA in Theology and Religion is designed to accommodate study of religions and spiritualties, past and present, and prepares you for professions which depend upon an advanced understanding of how religious histories, ideas, texts, and practices permeate all societies. Read more