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Theology, Philosophy & Religion (MA)

Theology, Philosophy & Religion (MA)

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Full time | Hope Park | 1 year | OCT

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Philosophy Of Religion Philosophy

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Course Summary


At a time when issues within theology, philosophy, and religion are pulling in divisive directions, the Masters in Theology, Philosophy and Religion offers the unique inter-disciplinary opportunity to examine essential questions about our varied human conditions.

This innovative MA draws on our internationally renowned research expertise. It will develop understanding of vital issues from two innovative perspectives. Firstly, a creative focus on hermeneutics – the interpretation of texts - through theological, critical, and philosophical approaches. Secondly, a global approach with a reflective philosophical and theological focus on the devotional, and spiritual wisdom of Christian, Jewish, Islamic, African and Indic traditions.

You will examine such vital themes as: being and nothingness; God and the Absolute; the soul, the self, and otherness; evil and suffering; ethics and aesthetics; the mystical and the apophatic. In all of these areas, you will be encouraged to question rigid boundaries between theology, spirituality and philosophy.

Through your studies, you will deepen your critical understanding of ways in which texts and ideas critically reflect and shape traditions of wisdom rather than detached intellectual enquiry. This approach affirms the idea that theology articulates rational structures of meaning as much as philosophy undergirds a holistic 'way of life'.


The MA Theology, Philosophy and Religion opens up a vast array of career opportunities, you will develop a broad-ranging theological knowledge and skills base, particularly the close reading of texts, critical thinking and the ability to understand a variety of world views in depth. Graduates from our programmes go on to work in areas such as teaching, law, civil service, social work, ministry.

This programme is an academic master’s degree, which is suited to students who may wish to undertake further study and progress to a PhD.


This is a module validated across the department?s MA programmes. Each MA takes this compulsory framework and adapts it to its own specific needs and ethos. In the MA TPR, the approach draws primarily from phenomenological hermeneutics to inform the direct study of primary mystical texts. Its aim is therefore twofold: (a) to enable students to gain familiarity with the most important mystical and/or metaphysical writings from different religious traditions, and (b) to assist them in exploring the many problems involved in interpreting and understanding such texts. The advantage of this approach is a grounding in reading the materials first-hand, and such a close familiarity helps us to understand and evaluate the various methods employed in the study of texts. But also, since each religious tradition and often each particular text presents us with special problems, we gain experience in dealing with specific difficulties of interpretation.

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Entry requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree a relevant discipline (other Professional qualifications may be considered).

University information

Liverpool Hope University is a research-oriented institution offering a selection of high quality taught and research postgraduate courses. The university is located across two green campuses: Hope Park, just four miles from Liverpool city centre, and the Creative Campus, close to the city centre. There is also a small residential campus at Aigburth Park. Over the last 10 years, there has been a significant investment in buildings and equipment...more

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