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Theology and Religion MA

Course Description

Theology and religion is a diverse subject area, employing a wide variety of methodological approaches in its discourse. Not only that, but it has significance both as a subject in its own right, and within communities of faith and other non-academic contexts. This programme reflects this complexity and is designed to prepare you for professions which depend upon an advanced awareness of issues of theology and religion, and allow you to better appreciate the significance of these issues in contemporary society. It also provides ideal preparation for further research.

You will become critically acquainted with the ‘sources’ of theology, such as scriptural writings, historical traditions and doctrinal issues. You will also examine the importance of the sociological and cultural background; for example, in terms of new ‘readings’ of theology that have emerged out of post-colonial contexts, and new insights into biblical scholarship which have arisen from contemporary culture.

You will also be encouraged to interrogate and critically analyse your own, and others’, presuppositions and approach your studies in ways that show sensitivity to the multi-disciplinary nature of the issues under discussion.

Course content

You will one core module - Research Methods - and five optional modules, in addition to completing a 15,000-word dissertation.

You will choose your optional modules from the following:

- Bible and Sacred Space
- Contemporary Sikh Studies
- Contemporary Sufism Movements
- Contemporary Theology and the Holy Spirit
- Feminism in Islam
- Hinduism, Colonialism, Nationalism
- History of Christian Muslim Relations
- Islam in Britain
- Islamic Philosophy
- Political Islam
- Problems of Philosophical Religion
- Religion and Peacebuilding
- Religion in Contemporary Global Politics
- Religious Diversity
- Sikh Perspectives on Interreligious Relations
- The Dead Sea Scrolls: Texts and Context


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Our Theology graduates develop a range of skills including, critical and analytical ability, textual analysis, and the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines, which be used in a variety of occupations. A snapshot of graduate destinations over a five-year period has identified a variety of career paths, from careers in churches of various denominations to working in education and youth work.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Theology and Religion MA page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in Theology or a relevant subject

Course Fees

£6570 FT, £3285 PT (UK/EU) £14,850 FT only (International)

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