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Interfaith Studies (MA)



The MA Interfaith Studies offers an opportunity found almost nowhere else — to study not only the internal nature of religious faiths and beliefs but also their interaction and relations with one another.

It is this interaction that has increasingly come to colour our contemporary world, with the increasing pluralisation of society forming an underlying trend to so many social, political, and philosophical dynamics that occupy our societies.

The MA Interfaith Studies offers a chance for in-depth study of the relationships between faiths and religion in our contemporary world and how these are impacted by historical, philosophical, theological, and social trends. It offers a balance between a detailed study of faiths themselves and a broader study of the social aspect of religious belief.

PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY

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Request Information
Contact Email: a.slater@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Dr Angus M Slater


Tuition Fees 2022/23:
Home: £7,800
Tuition Fees 2022/23:
Overseas (distance/online): £10,000
Fees are for the whole course.

Why choose this course?

  1. Unique opportunity to study both faiths and their interactions
  2. Learn more about the motivating factors behind religious co-habitation and violence in our contemporary world
  3. Explore different forms of religious tradition throughout the course 
  4. Study with expert scholars in religion and theology who are research active in the field 
  5. Combine multiple forms of methodology yo more fully understand relevant political, social, and cultural issues.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Students undertake four taught modules during their first year (full-time) or two years (part-time) of study before progressing to Part II and the writing of their dissertation. In Part I, students study one compulsory 30 credit module and three optional 30 credit modules (120 credits in total).

The MA Interfaith studies grounds your learning across a number of different theoretical and practical areas, including the theory of interfaith studies and inter-religious relation, specific geographical contexts, and historical themes and perspectives.

This is accomplished through a blend of teaching assessments, including a final dissertation focused on a subject of your choice.

Module Topics

Part I (PG Cert, PG Dip & MA)

  • Chinese Religions at the Grassroots (30 credits; optional)
  • Christian-Muslim Relations: Texts, Past, & Present (30 credits; optional)
  • Interfaith Encounters: Religious Interaction in a Complex World (30 credits; optional)
  • Jewish-Christian Relations: Encounters Past and Present (30 credits; optional)
  • Methods and Approaches to Interfaith Studies (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Political Theology (30 credits; optional)
  • Religion and the Environment (30 credits; optional)
  • Religious Experience Today (30 credits; optional)
  • Theory and Methodology in the Study of Religions (30 credits; optional).

Part II (MA)

  • MA Dissertation (Religion) (60 credits; compulsory).
Assessment

The MA Interfaith Studies grounds your learning across a number of different theoretical and practical areas, including the theory of interfaith studies and inter-religious relation, specific geographical contexts, and historical themes and perspectives. This is accomplished through a blend of teaching assessments, including a final dissertation focused on a subject of your choice.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

An honours degree (2:1 or above) in a cognate discipline or an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience.

Career Opportunities

The programme will help students to develop skills that are valuable to a wide range of employers, such as the ability to:

  • analyse complex information in a critical manner;
  • present clear and coherent arguments;
  • present complex information in a clear manner.

More particularly, the programme will attract students who are looking to take up future employment opportunities or are already in employment, in areas or sectors where an understanding of interfaith issues will be of benefit.

This may include voluntary workers, teachers and trainers, academics, community and government-based agencies and projects, intercultural, multi-faith networks dedicated to building community relations, reconciliation and reconstruction schemes with various global agencies and disaster relief bodies.

It will also appeal to students who are looking towards a religious and/or devotional service, a life of public service, and various voluntary-based projects.

Additional Costs

Distance learners should have good internet access and the use of computer facilities.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.