Programmes covered

Religion (MA)

Please read this entry in conjunction with the Religion (MA) prospectus entry.

This admissions statement should be read in association with the University Admissions Principles and Procedures for Postgraduate Taught Programmes.


Faculty of Arts

Admissions team and contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
Graduate School of Arts and Humanities
University of Bristol
7 Woodland Road

Telephone: +44 (0) 117 331 8443

Admissions cycle


Application process

Online application

Applicants should complete the online application form, uploading all required documents directly into the application form. Guidance on uploading documents can be found in the How to Apply FAQs.

Applicants should make every effort to choose the correct programme in the application form by reading the prospectus entry and admissions statements fully. Applicants should contact the relevant Admissions Team if clarification is required.

Application fee

There is no application fee for this programme.

Required documents

All documents must be translated into English. Degree certificates and transcripts should be certified copies and list subjects taken and grades/degrees achieved. All documents must be uploaded into the online application form unless otherwise noted. Applicants who have already submitted an application can upload additional documents into the 'Post-submission uploads' section. You can find information about how to upload documents to your application form in our How to Apply FAQs.

Required documents for this programme are:

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is not required but can help your application.
You can include details of other relevant qualifications to assist with your application.
Please do not include any school (pre-university) certificates.

Correspondence with applicants

Applicants will normally receive communication via email to the email address used to set up their application form account. Applicants should ensure that this profile email address is kept up-to-date.

Admissions Criteria

Academic entry requirements

Applications for this programme do not require a specific undergraduate degree however you will have attained an upper second-class qualification (or international equivalent). Non-traditional qualifications/routes may, exceptionally, also be considered where appropriate.

For information on international equivalent qualifications, please see our International Office website.

English language criteria for non-native English speakers

For applicants whose first language is not English, it is necessary to achieve a minimum score in an approved English language test specified in 'Profile C' of the University's English Language Requirements Policy. You can find information about the University of Bristol's Pre-Sessional English courses at the Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies website.

Reference criteria

References should either be submitted directly by the referee using the online reference form, or submitted directly by the applicant.

References should be on headed paper, with clear contact details and signed by the person who wrote it.

Personal statement criteria

A clear and persuasive explanation as to why the programme has been chosen and the applicant's ability to engage with the specific nature of the programme at Bristol.

Research statement and research training statement criteria

Research statements and research training statements are not required for this programme.

Additional requirements

There are no additional requirements for this programme.

Selection process and offers

Selection process

All applications are considered in accordance with the University's policy on equality and diversity. The University of Bristol upholds the principles of equality and diversity, respect and dignity. Candidates are not discriminated against on the grounds of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, religion or belief, disability, health or age.

Once a complete application has been submitted, which includes all required information, it is considered by the Programme Director and/or Admissions officer. All postgraduate admissions are subject to approval by the Faculty Graduate Education Director. Applications are considered against selection criteria, which include:


We aim to process complete applications and to publish decisions within 21 days of all supporting documents required. If an offer is made, the applicant has 40 days to indicate that they wish to accept or decline the offer, after which time the offer will expire.

Applicants will be notified by email when a decision has been made and decision letters will be available to view and print by logging into their application.


Deferred entry is not available for this programme.


International self-funded students are required to pay a deposit of £1000.

You can pay this deposit online at using a credit or debit card. Alternatively you can pay through our PaytoStudy account at PaytoStudy is an international payment solution which offers competitive exchange rates. Where PaytoStudy has a local bank account, all wire fee charges will be eliminated and you will be able to pay in your local currency to a local bank account.

The deposit is non-transferable and non-refundable except under the circumstances outlined in the International Deposits Refund Policy which is available at You may pay your deposit in advance of meeting the conditions of your offer. If you subsequently fail to meet the conditions attached to your offer and are therefore rejected from your course on academic grounds then a refund will be made to you. To make the payment you will need your student number which you will find in your offer letter.


An ATAS certificate is not required.

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme is a clearance process which affects overseas applicants (outside the EEA and Switzerland) for certain postgraduate science, technology, medical and engineering studies in the UK. Applicants to affected programmes are required to obtain an ATAS certificate before applying for a visa.

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