MA Religion

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MA
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2017

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 you to study various religious traditions with scholars who are world-renowned experts in those fields.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees

UK/EU
£6,600
Overseas
£15,500

Part-time fees

UK/EU
£3,300

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

For further information on funding, 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 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)
        NB: Not all languages will be taught each year
  • Optional units (80 credit points total; 20 credit points each)
    Optional units can vary each year but may include:
    • Introductory Sanskrit 2
    • Buddhism: The Mahayana Tradition
    • Buddhism in Practice
    • 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)
    Optional units can vary each year but may include: 
    • 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
    • Greek Language Level A
    • Latin Language Level A
    • Atheism
    • Buddhism: The Mahayana Tradition
    • The Origins and Development of Zen Buddhism
    • Yoga and Meditation
    • Buddhist Psychology and Mental Health
    • Resurgence of Antisemitism in the 21st Century
    • Vatican II and Post-conciliar Roman Catholic Debates in Theology
    • The True, the Good and the Beautiful: Neoplatonism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
    • 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.

Application method 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.

Careers

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

How to apply
Application deadline:

1 August 2017

International students

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

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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
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB http://www.bristol.ac.uk/religion/

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