This programme has been designed to allow students to study a range of subjects related to religion in today's world, while also developing skills that are vital for a professional career. It is designed to cater for graduates who are looking for an academic career in the study of religion, or who are interested in the subject area and want to improve their employability in the professional market.
There are two main routes through the programme:
The Research Route is specifically designed for students who enjoy research and who are likely to want to go on to do doctoral studies in the discipline. You will be taught research skills relevant to theology and religious studies, and have the chance to do an extended project leading to an 18k word dissertation.
The Professional Route is aimed at students who want to develop professional skills alongside the study of religion. You will be taught skills related to devising and managing a small project within a religious or similar organisation, which will help you to become a reflective practitioner.
Both Programme Routes require students to take three or four taught modules, one of which will be related to their chosen route. The others will be drawn from the following list:
* Religion in the Public Sphere * Religion & Philosophy in Contemporary Life * Religion & Popular Culture * Religion & Psychology * Religion & Peace-building * Religion in Contemporary Practice
For the research route students take three taught modules plus an 18,000 word dissertation.
For the professional route students take four taught modules plus a 12,000 word dissertation.
Part-time MA in Theology & Religious Studies at York
"I have always wanted to study the Bible and the course was ideal for me, since it was about exegesis and about applying this to ministry. I found the course staff very helpful (admin and academic), and the resources centre and lecture rooms are great . I've been studying the course for eighteen months and being a student at York St John University has turned out to be very stimulating and rekindled a love of learning in me."
The MA in Contemporary Religion at York St John University has proved to be an informative and enjoyable course. The modules on offer presented me with the opportunity to study a variety of disciplines including philosophy and public theology. I was particularly keen to further my knowledge of philosophy and the flexibility of Dr Jesson’s module allowed me to shape my own learning to some extent. Lecturers were constantly seeking feedback from students, giving us a voice in the department. The staff at York St John, both academic and non-academic, have been fully supportive throughout the year and the department as a whole is extremely welcoming. Having studied in London I appreciated the campus set up of York St John and also its proximity to the city centre for lunch with class mates in between lectures.
Although I had not intended to undertake further study after completing my undergraduate studies, making the decision to study at York St John has proved to be one of the most beneficial of my educational career. While the course may not be directly relevant to the graduate job I will be embarking upon in September of this year, I believe studying at MA level has equipped me with some of the skills I will need for working life, including good time management and development of analytical thinking.
My only disappointment is that the year has gone by so quickly!
The MA Theology and Religious Studies programme attracted me because of the broad range of modules available, and the flexible nature of how the programme is arranged for part-time students. I specifically chose York St John because of the helpful support received when I made my initial enquiry. Despite setting high academic standards the staff at YSJ are not at all stuffy and formal; non academic staff are also very supportive and respond quickly to any requests for help.
Although I have not studied at degree level for many years I found the first module easy to get into. Course materials are well prepared, structured and presented – and the library system is wonderful and straightforward to access – nothing like my last academic experience twenty years ago. I have enjoyed conducting research from the comfort of my laptop.
I would not be classed as someone who practises a particular faith, but chose theology because of the breadth and importance of the subject. I have not been disappointed. The themes addressed by the programme are of universal interest and relevance, whatever your personal religious perspective. I have enjoyed listening to the input from other students in class discussions, and have been surprised by the diversity of opinion and approach. If you are interested in advanced study in an exciting and relevant subject, you should certainly consider this programme.
An upper second-class or first class honours degree (or equivalent). This can be in any subject, though priority will be given to students with degrees in humanities and especially in theology or religious studies.
Recipient: York St John University
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