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MA by Research

Course Description

Postgraduate research students are trained under the active guidance of a supervisor, or, where the research involves interdisciplinary work, two supervisors. Assessment for MA by Research is by 30,000 word thesis.

Major areas of research degree supervision: *

Christian theology, modern theology, ethics and interactions with missiology, modern philosophy;
Biblical Hebrew, modern critical approaches to Hebrew Bible, African-centered readings.
Sociological study of religion, especially with regard to the Durkheimian tradition;
African religious studies in relation to theology, politics and traditional religions;
Contemporary Islamic and Indian traditions, including modern and pre-modern developments;
Issues of gender and feminism;
Religious environmentalism;
Religion, migration, diaspora and identity, in relation to minority ethnic communities of Britain;
Religion, theology and development.

* PhD also available (100,000 word thesis); MPhil (60,000 words)

Visit the MA by Research page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Mat Francis

BA Philosophy/Theology and Religious Studies
MA by Research
Currently enrolled for PhD

"My MA by Research was an excellent means to developing and proving skills in self-motivation of a large project, undertaking detailed and theoretically complex research and managing and producing a substantial amount of work. I was provided with transferrable skills, as well as some teaching practice, and finished my MA with a richer CV, beyond just the addition of another qualification, and also with a much better idea of the work required to undertake a PhD.

With this latter goal in mind, I am sure that my MA also enhanced my successful bids for PhD funding, as it allowed me to develop and demonstrate an aptitude for research gained at a first-class university".


Entry Requirements

High 2.1 in Theology and Religious Studies, or equivalent in relevant discipline

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