Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA Religious Studies

UCAS code: V627

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Divinity

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Religious Studies

Religious studies is a vibrant interdisciplinary field of study focusing on religious beliefs and practices and their relationship with the wider world. Religious studies is concerned with the concepts and emotions which underpin religious belief and practice, and with their role and function in culture and society.

We look at practices as well as texts and consider a range of expressions of religion from popular culture to systematic ideas. We approach religion at both the individual and collective level and study traditions in comparative international context. We study historical as well as contemporary material and are equally interested in the groups and individuals who practice religion as in the gods, deities, ancestors and spirits with whom they interact.

Religion has a long history and remains a powerful force in the contemporary world. Religious studies has the tools and skills to help you get to grips with this vital field of study.

Year 1

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

Year 2

You will study two compulsory religion courses, including one on theory and method in the study of religions, and other courses following on from Year 1.

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. You have the option of graduating after the third year with a BA degree.

Year 4

You will choose further advanced courses on one or more religious traditions and complete a dissertation with academic supervision. Students who took combined options in their first three years may continue with these.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

Teaching takes place primarily in the School of Divinity, based in New College. You will also have access to all the University's libraries and computer facilities.

Study abroad

There is a varied range of opportunities to spend time abroad. For shorter periods, these include summer programmes and work abroad. During Year 3, you will also have the opportunity to study abroad on exchange for a whole semester or entire year at a wide selection of leading global universities. These include Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands and Dartmouth College, United States, with which the School has ongoing relationships. Going abroad expands horizons and is great fun, as well as bringing academic and career benefits.

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

How will I learn?

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

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including examinations, coursework, participation in seminars, presentation of your work and an honours dissertation.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2017/18)

Our graduates pursue a wide range of careers within a variety of settings, including the creative arts, non-governmental organisations, industry, finance, teaching, management, administration, government, counselling and the voluntary sector.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6,with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5 English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

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.

International Foundation Programme

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:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

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 National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Religious Studies

Additional costs

None.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

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How to apply

School: Divinity

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences