MA Religion

Find a programme
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MA
Course length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

The MA in Religion provides advanced study of the religious traditions of both the West and Asia. The programme offers two pathways:

  • Buddhist Studies
  • Theology and Religious Studies

These reflect the expertise in the Department of Religion and Theology and allow the individual to study various religious traditions with scholars who are world-renowned experts in those traditions.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees

UK/EU
£6,500
Overseas
£15,200

Part time fees

UK/EU
£3,250

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages
for funding and studentship opportunities

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Students follow one of two pathways taking units worth a total of 180 credit points.

Buddhist Studies Pathway

This pathway is suitable for those who either want to deepen their knowledge of Buddhism through academic study or are interested in undertaking research in Buddhist studies but have little or no formal academic training in Buddhist studies at undergraduate level.

Core units (40 credit points)

  • Buddhism: the Foundations (20 credit points) plus one of the following language units* (20 credit points):
  • Introductory Sanskrit I
  • Classical Chinese
  • Pali and Buddhist Sanskrit (only available to students with one year of Sanskrit)

* Not all languages will be taught each year.

Optional units (80 credit points total; 20 credit points each)

Please note, optional units can vary each year but may include:

  •  Introductory Sanskrit 2
  •  Buddhism: The Mahayana Tradition
  •  The Practice of Theravada Buddhism in Asia
  •  Aspects of Chinese Buddhism
  •  Buddhist Psychology and Mental Health
  •  The Origins and Development of Zen Buddhism
  •  Yoga and Meditation
  •  Supervised Individual Study (on an aspect of Buddhism not covered by other units)
  •  An open MA unit chosen from those available in the Faculty of Arts

Dissertation

You will engage in supervised research on a topic of your choice and submit a dissertation of between 10,000 and 15,000 words.

Theology and Religious Studies Pathway

Core units

  •  Buddhism: The Foundations (20 credit points)
  •  History of Christianity: Core Texts (20 credit points)

Optional units (80 credit points total; 20 credit points each)

  •  Medieval Mystics and Visionaries in Medieval England
  •  Reflection on Religious Pluralism in Contemporary Society
  •  Alchemy, Magic and Science in Early Modernity
  •  The Renaissance and the Rise of the Modern Age
  •  Reflection on Religious Pluralism in Contemporary Society
  •  Greek Language Level A
  •  Latin Language Level A
  •  Jesus in an Age of Colonialism
  •  Ancient Jewish Novels
  •  Atheism
  •  Buddhism: The Mahayana Tradition
  •  The Origins and Development of Zen Buddhism
  •  Yoga and Meditation
  •  Buddhist Psychology and Mental Health
  •  An open MA unit chosen from those available across the Faculty of Arts.

Dissertation

You will engage in supervised research on a topic of your choice and submit a dissertation of between 10,000 and 15,000 words.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent). Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Selection process Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
How to apply
Application deadline:

1 August 2016

Careers

Students who complete the MA programme in Religion have taken up many different careers, including academic research, social worker, banking and industry, counselling and teaching, design, journalism, film and the arts.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 21% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 45% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 32% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 2% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 8458 Email: artf-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk

Faculty of Arts
University of Bristol
7 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts http://www.bristol.ac.uk/religion/

Disclaimer

Important disclaimer information about our programmes.

Edit this page