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Religious Studies

V627

4 years

Full-time

MA

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AABB.
  • A Levels: AAB.
  • IB: 36 points overall and grades 665 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: BBBB by the end of S5 or BBBBB/ABBB from S4–S6. Standard Grades: English at Grade 3 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade 3.
  • A Levels: BBB. GCSEs: English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 555 in HL subjects. SL: English at 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Alternative qualifications

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

Applications

This programme is also available as a part-time programme. For more information and an application form, contact Undergraduate Admissions.

More information

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AABB.
  • A Levels: AAB.
  • IB: 36 points overall and grades 665 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: BBBB by the end of S5 or BBBBB/ABBB from S4–S6. Standard Grades: English at Grade 3 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade 3.
  • A Levels: BBB. GCSEs: English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 555 in HL subjects. SL: English at 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Alternative qualifications

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

Applications

This programme is also available as a part-time programme. For more information and an application form, contact Undergraduate Admissions.

More information

What you will study

Year 1

You will study two compulsory religion courses, covering a range of contemporary traditions, and also choose from a range of additional courses on particular religious traditions including Asian traditions, Christianity and Islam. You can also choose courses from ancient history, archaeology, history of art, music, philosophy and social anthropology as combined options or other courses from University subject areas.

Year 2

You will study two compulsory religion courses and other courses following on from your first year.

Year 3

You will choose advanced courses on one or more religious traditions and will take other courses in the study of religion. Students who took combined options in their first and second years may continue with these.

Year 4

You will choose further advanced courses and complete a dissertation on a subject of your choice. Students who took combined options in their first three years may continue with these.

How will I be taught?

Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and online learning.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by exams, coursework and an honours dissertation.

Study abroad

You will have the opportunity during your third year to study abroad at partner institutions worldwide. The School also offers its own exchange arrangements of one semester duration with universities in Germany, the Netherlands, the USA and India.

Programme structure

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