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
Start date September 2019

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.

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 engage students in in-depth study, led by staff who teach careful, rigorous, scholarly research methods at a high level.

Fees for 2019/20

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
£8,300
UK/EU: part-time (two years)
£4,150
Overseas: full-time
£18,400
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£8,300

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.

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 2019/20

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.

Programme structure

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.

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.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

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, design, journalism, film and the arts.

How to apply
Application deadline:

1 August 2019. Early application recommended; places may fill before the deadline.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa 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

  • 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.

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/humanities/ http://www.bristol.ac.uk/religion/

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