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Masters degrees in Theology & Religious Studies study the diverse religions and other belief systems practised by human societies: exploring the philosophical foundations of religion and the wider social and cultural significance of belief.
This discipline includes a wide range of courses with a shared focus on theological theory and religious practice. Some are designed for applicants who wish to undertake theological training. Others provide an opportunity to reflect on religious issues in other roles, such as politics, education or social policy.
Programmes may be taught or research based. Most award MA or MRes degrees, but some lead to specialist qualifications such as the Master of Theology (MTh) or Bachelor of Divinity (BD).
Some students use postgraduate study in Theology as part of a pathway towards work with a religious organisation, but these courses have a wide range of other applications.
The role of religious belief has shifted dramatically within modern societies and this has increased the importance of Theology & Religious Studies. As religious and secular groups interact in different ways, an understanding of their interests becomes increasingly important to politicians, policy makers and educators.
These programmes also develop a broad portfolio of useful skills. A Masters in Theology & Religious Studies will make you a capable critical thinker, able to appraise complex ideas whilst retaining a sensitivity to the circumstances that inform them and the people that hold them.
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The master's program in Catholic Educational Leadership prepares graduates for effective leadership as administrators in Catholic elementary and secondary schools and for diocesan positions. Read more
This program focuses on the history of the modern Middle East and includes intensive Literary Arabic study. Students deepen their knowledge of this dynamic region and gain insight into the different aspects of the Middle East. Read more
Everyone has an opinion on religion, but few people can interpret this complex phenomenon accurately. This Master's programme trains you to become a specialist in the field of religion and culture. Read more
How can we interpret the influence of religion on local and global developments? What are the relationships between religion and other cultural domains such as science, philosophy and politics? In this Research Master's Programme you will study how religion is embedded in present-day and in historical cultural contexts. Read more
The MA draws on a variety of research centres, conferences and seminar series which include contributions from world-renowned academics, community organisers and civic leaders. Read more
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
KU Leuven organises an online open day on 1 December. For more information, please visit www.kuleuven.be/online-open-day. 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
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
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
Theology is part of the critical, academic study of religion. As a university discipline, theology is situated within a multi-religious, secular, and interdisciplinary context. Read more