MA ReligionFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
One year full-time;
two years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Start date||September 2020|
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.
The taught element of the programme requires you to do some study of both Asian and Western religious traditions (irrespective of the pathway you choose) but also allows you to focus more rigorously on the study of either Buddhism or religion and theology more broadly. In either pathway, the aim is to help you engage in in-depth study, led by staff who teach careful, rigorous, scholarly research methods at a high level.
Fees for 2020/21
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- UK/EU: part-time (two years)
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
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 2020/21
Funding and studentship opportunities are listed on the Faculty of Arts funding pages.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
You will follow one of two pathways and complete units worth 180 credit points.
The Buddhist Studies 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 this area at undergraduate level. There are two core units, one of which is a language unit, and a choice of optional units possibly including those available from across the Faculty of Arts. For the dissertation unit, you will engage in supervised research on a topic of your choice and submit a dissertation of between 10,000 and 15,000 words.
The Theology and Religious Studies pathway comprises two core units and four optional units. As with the Buddhist Studies pathway, you will also engage in supervised research on a topic of your choice and submit a dissertation of between 10,000 and 15,000 words.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MA in Religion.
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.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Students who complete this MA programme have taken up many different careers in areas such as academic research, social work, banking and industry, counselling and teaching, research, design, journalism, advertising, film and the arts.
This degree will build your ability to comprehend large amounts of material, think critically about it, and express your thoughts clearly and persuasively in writing and in speech. Our graduates are highly employable because they have the ability to learn quickly and to think and communicate intelligently.
19 August 2020: UK and EU applicants
31 July 2020: International applicants (who require a Tier 4 visa)
These deadline dates have been set to allow you time to obtain your visa and arrive to start your programme on time.
Early application recommended; places may fill before our deadlines.
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REF 2014 results
- Theology and Religious Studies:
- 21% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 45% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 32% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
- 2% of research is recognised nationally (1*)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.