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Theology and Religious Studies Masters (MA)

Course Description

This course encourages students to understand and analyse aspects of Biblical texts, Christian theology and religious studies at a significantly deeper level than in undergraduate studies. It also gives students the opportunity to acquire skills required for successful study at research degree level.

The course is suitable for RE teachers and ministers of religion who would like to further their undergraduate studies. It is an ideal degree for students who wish to pursue a one-year MA as preparation for a research degree, as suggested by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

This is a flexible MA, allowing students to choose modules in the topics that interest them as well as a core compulsory module in research methods and resources in order to develop the skills necessary when undertaking a major piece of independent research. In addition, students take further modules in topics such as:

• Old Testament Interpretation in History, Theory, and Practice
• Religion, Identity and Conflict in the Middle East
• Texts from the Hebrew Bible
• Dante, Religion and Culture
• The Theology of Paul
• The World of Islam and the West
• Continental Philosophy of Religion
• The Jewish World in the Hellenistic-Roman Era
• 20th Century Theology: Barth, Rahner and Balthasar
• Phenomenology and the Turn to Religion
• Central Issues in New Testament Theology
• Hermeneutical Theory: an Interdisciplinary Approach
• Theology and Postmodernism
• Religion, Identity and Violence in Northern Ireland
• Aesthetics, Philosophy and Religion
• History and Methodology of Jesus Research
• Theology, Philosophy and Language from Plato to Hegel

With the permission of the Course Director, students may take 30 credits of undergraduate modules instead of an additional MA module. (Please note that all module details are subject to change.)

The University of Nottingham’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies is one of the leading departments of its kind in the UK. Established over 50 years ago, the Department has research expertise across a wide range of areas, and incorporates the Centre of Theology and Philosophy, directed by Professor John Milbank.

The Department focuses on Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Key areas of research strength in the Department include biblical history, literature and theology, Byzantine and orthodox studies, church history, historical, systematic and philosophical theology; and theology in relation to literature, philosophy, politics, economics and natural science.

Visit http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/theology for more information about the Department, MA programmes, and funding opportunities.

Visit the Theology and Religious Studies Masters (MA) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Peter Watts

826.jpg Having studied Theology here at Nottingham as an undergraduate I had experienced at first hand the excellent teaching and atmosphere in the Department of Theology. The Department also offers a number of specialist taught MAs and one of these, the MA in Biblical Interpretation and Theology, provided an excellent range of modules in what had become my main area of interest during my undergraduate studies.

Before I began I knew that the teaching would be good, but this and other aspects of the course exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed and benefited from small group seminar-style tuition as well as receiving teaching in larger classes, some of which were shared with undergraduates which allowed for regular contact with a large number of people beyond the immediate postgraduate community in the department. Similarly, I was able to participate in other interesting undergraduate classes which allowed me to brush up my Biblical Greek skills and also experience a new area of study in the form of a module on Theology and Film.

Regular Departmental seminars with many visiting speakers of note also helped to provide an excellent forum for discussion between all the different postgraduate students in the Department and with the lecturers.


Entry Requirements

Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or its international equivalent) in theology and/or religious studies, or a related subject; IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

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