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MA/Diploma/CertificateTheology and Religion

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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Theology and religion is a diverse subject area, employing a wide variety of methodological approaches in its discourse. It is not only growing in academic significance, but it is also a living, active area of study that engages communities of faith, politicians and those working in non-academic contexts. This programme reflects this complexity and is designed to prepare you for professions which depend upon an advanced awareness of issues of theology and religion, and allow you to better appreciate the significance of these issues in contemporary society. It also provides ideal preparation for further research

Programme structure

Depending on your module choices you could become critically acquainted with the ‘sources’ of theology, such as scriptural writings, historical traditions and theologies and ethics issues. You will also examine the importance of the sociological and cultural background; for example, in terms of new ‘readings’ of theology that have emerged out of gendered and ethnic contexts, and new insights into biblical scholarship which have arisen from contemporary culture.

You will also be encouraged to interrogate and critically analyse your own, and others’, presuppositions and approach your studies in ways that show sensitivity to the multi-disciplinary nature of the issues under discussion.

You will study one core module – Research Methods – and five optional modules, in addition to completing a 15,000-word dissertation.

You will choose your optional modules from the following:

Bible and Sacred Space
Christian-Muslim Relations: Origins and Issues
Classic Problems in the Philosophy of Religion
Contemporary Issues in Sikhism
Contemporary Sufism
Feminism in Islam
Historical and Contemporary Debates on the Holocaust
Islam in Britain
Islamic Philosophy
Political Islam
Problems of Religious Diversity
Religion and Peacebuilding
Religion in Contemporary Politics I and II
Sikh Perspectives on Interreligious Relations
The Dead Sea Scrolls: Texts and Context

Career opportunities

Over the past five years, over 92% of our postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Many of our graduates go into careers in churches of various denominations. For those in further study, teacher training courses remain a popular choice. Other students use their transferable skills in a range of employment sectors, including local government, education and charities.

Employers that our graduates have gone on to work for include: British Council;
Church of England;
Institute of Education;
International Greek New Testament Project;
Quaker Homeless Action;
Queens Ecumenical Theological College;
and University of Birmingham

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States