Course summary

Our Theology & Religious Studies Masters course will take you on a journey from the religious worlds of the great Western traditions to the mystical world of the ancient East. It will cover the burning contemporary issues that surround Religious Studies today and delve into life’s great questions. You will be able to explore the ideas and curiosity that have gripped the human race from the time we began to decorate the walls of our caves until the time we launched ourselves beyond our stratosphere and into outer space.

Key facts


Award

Masters

Duration

1 or 2 years

Mode of study

Full/Part-time

Start date

October

Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

Institution code

B38

Course details

About this course

Throughout this MA you will develop your ability to frame a theological or philosophical argument, gain expertise in interpreting sources and acquire a greater appreciation of the rich variety of religious experiences in our world. A few key modules will allow you to explore religious dialogue and conflict, explore the theology of literature, film and television, contribute to the contemporary debate between believers and non-believers, and discover the philosophy of religion.

This course is about our world, our life and the sense we try to make of it. It is for those who are fascinated by the world of theology and religion - whether they be for committed believers, questioning agnostics and ardent atheists. It is ideal for anyone involved in a profession which requires an understanding of religious, philosophical and ethical issues. In short, it is for anyone who wants to explore the nature of existence in the company of experts.

Our Theology & Religious Studies MA is ideal for any RE or Philosophy teacher who wants to further their expertise in their chosen subject. The knowledge and skills it promotes would also be ideal for anyone involved in a profession that requires them to deal with religious, philosophical or ethical issues.

What will you study

During the course of your masters, you’ll cover the following modules:

This module will provide an essential foundation for further study in Theology and Religious Studies by examining key contributions from the great thinkers of the Eastern and Western traditions. It will set out the character and scope of Theology and Religious Studies and will challenge you to critically review its practice through a series of case studies of great thinkers such as Plato, Confucius, W. G. Frazer, Ghandi and William James.

This is a module that addresses an area of theology that is increasingly growing in importance. Academics have long recognized that the world of fiction is a vast repository of theological exploration and in film, TV programmes and novels we may encounter profound treatments of the subject. This module will ensure that the programme is comprehensive in its treatment of theological expressions.

The purpose of this module is to engage you in perhaps the most important religious issue of our time: that is the rise of religious fundamentalism in all parts of the globe. You will explore and evaluate the responses of the academic world to this development as you try to explain its rise and deal with its manifestations.

This module will outline the often contested nature of inter-religious dialogue and faith. It presents you with the knowledge and skills necessary for exploring issues such as sectarian strife, inter-religious antagonisms and the efforts the to overcome difficulties in the contemporary religious world. Additionally the role of the theologian in the writing of theology and related issues, such as recent developments approaches to pluralism, will also be closely considered.

Engage in the important and much debated issue surrounding the belief, agnosticism or non-belief in God or dieties. The question of God’s existence is more pertinent now than t has ever been. Atheistic authors frequently populate the bestselling authors lists and their work is often prominently featured in our high street bookshops. This module will critically examine the arguments of established and contemporary atheists as well as the counter-arguments of atheists, agnostics and theists.

You will, with tutorial supervision, engage in an independent piece of theological research on a subject of your choosing. You will be required to devise and undertake a substantial written dissertation on a subject of interest to you. The module will thereby deepen and refine your knowledge of your specialist area within the context of a longer piece of analytical written work.

Entry requirements

You will need to have obtained, or be predicted to obtain, normally an undergraduate honours degree in a Humanities or Social Sciences related subject (or equivalent).

In addition, all students will need to pay £57.20 for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure Barring Service. A successful Enhanced Disclosure is required before commencing the course.

If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk.

BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.

Further information

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If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However, this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for Accredited Prior Learning.

Assessment

Assessment will take place on our modules via a variety of forms including essays, presentations and portfolios. It also includes a final dissertation which allows you to become a real expert in a theological topic that particularly fascinates you.

Careers & Further study

This would be an excellent programme for anyone wanting to pursue a career in any area of religious or philosophical education, including teaching at a Primary, Secondary or Higher level. It would also be a very useful degree to take into social work, counselling, clerical life, youth work, or work within the heritage sector.

Support

Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.

We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.

Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.