Theology and Religious Studies

Postgraduate Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

An experience like no other. Here you will gain a systematic and in-depth understanding of key theological and religious issues within Christianity, Islam, Indian Religions and Judaism, taught by a passionate and experienced subject team. The academic, social and leadership skills learnt and developed in this course will enhance both professional and research opportunities in a wide range of careers.

Theology and Religious Studies

1 year (full-time)
2 or 3 years (part-time)

Number of Credits

PGCert 60
PGDip 120
MA 180

Start date

September 2024


Degree Type




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On our MA Theology and Religious Studies, our priority is ensuring that you graduate with a professional skillset. This includes:

  • Studying a variety of religious traditions in relation to key topics such as social justice, gender, text and textual interpretation, and inter-religious dialogue and conflict.
  • Developing an in-depth understanding of particular religious themes, with a broad view of religious studies, and its diverse forms of interpretation and practice. 
  • Developing advanced skills in the study and analysis of a range of issues, rather than focus on one specialist subject.


A strength of the course is that it allows you to have a critical awareness of the relationship between different religions and modern secular society, with an informed and scholarly understanding of differences within as well as between religious traditions and cultures. From this, you will use advanced methods of research and critical analysis to explore the ways in which different religious perspectives contribute to contemporary debates about identity, politics and culture.

How you'll learn

The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, participation in research and practice based events. Assessment will be through various forms of coursework such as essays, individual or group presentations, critical reviews, reflective journals, research project proposals etc).

You will have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, which can be informed by your study on the optional modules, or from an area of interest of your own.


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Drawing on London's rich resources for studying religions in their material, social and historical contexts, this course provides an enhanced learning environment and contributes to your wider cultural awareness and understanding.

This is underpinned by a focus on advanced study and research skills, designed to equip you with a high level of proven academic competence and preparing you for careers and vocations that require this expertise. This might include educational institutions, NGOs and other organisations in which understanding of religious perspectives is an advantage.

Career options

Take the next step in a career with meaning.

This course is especially beneficial for those hoping to pursue a career in education, faith-based organisations, religious ministry and chaplaincy, or social services.

You might work:

  • internationally.
  • in the charity sector.
  • for community organisations.
  • leadership roles in higher education, chaplaincy, ethics committees, NGOs.

One of the most important, and marketable, skills that a graduate of this degree will gain is that of ‘religious literacy’, opening-up a wealth of opportunities in the education sector and beyond. This programme is also beneficial for students hoping to pursue further research in theology and religious studies at PhD level.

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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers.

Application Info

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

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Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

UK EU and International
£9,188 £17,325

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Our Research

To read about the research carried out by theology academics in Roehampton's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, please visit the department's research pages.

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