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MA/PGDip/PGCert Theology and Religious Studies

MA/PGDip/PGCert Theology and Religious Studies

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Full time | University of Roehampton | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Religious Studies

Course type


Course Summary


As faiths of all kinds navigate their way through a period of great social change, it is more important than ever to possess an in-depth understanding of how religions interact with each other and society. This MA Theology and Religious Studies creatively balances the close study of traditions with a broad understanding of the subject area. It is one of the few programmes in London that offers specialised teaching in Islam, Indian Religions and Judaism as well as several different aspects of Christian theology.

On this course, you can study a variety of religious traditions in relation to key topics such as social justice, gender, text and textual interpretation, and inter-religious dialogue and conflict. You will have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of religious themes, with a broad view of religious studies, and its diverse forms of interpretation and practice. This course will suit students who want to develop advanced skills in the study and analysis of a range of issues, rather than focus on one specialist subject.

A strength of the course is that it allows you to have a critical awareness of the relationship between different religions and modern secular society, with an informed and scholarly understanding of differences within as well as between religious traditions and cultures. From this, you will use advanced methods of research and critical analysis to explore the ways in which different religious perspectives contribute to contemporary debates about identity, politics, and culture.

Drawing on London's rich resources for studying religions in their material, social and historical contexts, this course provides an enhanced learning environment and contributes to your wider cultural awareness and understanding. This is underpinned by a focus on advanced study and research skills, designed to equip you with a high level of proven academic competence and preparing you for careers and vocations that require this expertise. This might include educational institutions, NGOs, and other organisations in which understanding of religious perspectives is an advantage.

Career Options

This course is especially beneficial for those hoping to pursue a career in education, faith-based organisations, religious ministry and chaplaincy, or social services, work in international aid, the charity sector, and community organisations. One of the most important, and marketable, skills that a graduate of this degree will gain is that of religious literacy, opening-up a wealth of opportunities in the education sector and beyond. This programme is also beneficial for students hoping to pursue further research in theology and religious studies at PhD level. You will also gain PGCert and PGDip awards in this course.


This research skills module is intended to assist students in developing the study and research skills that they need to successfully undertake postgraduate study in theology and religious studies. Students will be guided in techniques of academic reading and writing, advice on creating their own bibliographies, and practical advice on how to make the most of the electronic and in-house library learning resources at Roehampton and other accessible UK HE institutions (eg. electronic databases, SCONUL access, interlibrary loans etc.). Generic study-skills advice will be embedded in the module and enhanced by subject-specific advice tailored to the content of the MA TRS programme, notably advice on how to study the sacred texts and traditions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Indian Religions (Hinduism, Buddhism etc.) at postgraduate level and engage with and evaluate scholarship in the discipline critically as well as sessions on empirical research methods.

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Entry requirements

General entry requirements: You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university. Non-graduates with appropriate professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis by Programme Conveners. Applicants will be expected to apply and register for the full master's award. Those with a third-class honour’s degree are encouraged to complete an application as we will consider an applicant's wider circumstances in deciding on an application.

University information

Located in South-West London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The university has a long history dating back over 180 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more

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