Theology and Religious Studies

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  • A systematic and in-depth understanding of key issues in the study of theology and religions (Christianity, Islam, Indian Religions and Judaism). 
  • Delivered by an experienced subject team who consistently score well for excellence of teaching in the National Student Survey.
  • Some of the team have practical experience of ministry and pastoral work with religious communities, while others have focused mainly on the textual and cultural study of religious traditions.
  • The course offers flexible teaching: the MA can be taken either full-time or part-time and most teaching takes place in the evening.

Summary

As faiths of all kinds navigate their way through a period of great social change, it is more important than ever to possess an in-depth understanding of how religions interact with each other and society. This MA Theology and Religious Studies creatively balances the close study of particular traditions with a broad understanding of the subject area. It is one of the few programmes in London that offers specialised teaching in Islam, Indian Religions and Judaism as well as several different aspects of Christian theology.

On this course, you can study 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. You will have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of particular religious themes, with a broad view of religious studies, and its diverse forms of interpretation and practice. This course will suit students who want to develop 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.

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.

The MA in Theology and Religious Studies allows you to focus on a broad range of topics within the subject area, and study your particular interests in-depth.

On offer are modules that will ground students in theories and methods of study in religious studies, theology, and biblical studies as well as specialised teaching in Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and different aspects of Christian theology, including theological perspectives from the global South. You can study gender across these traditions, for example looking at women in Islam from feminist, reformist and traditionalist perspectives, or specifically looking at gender across religious texts and narratives. Or you could study contemporary doctrine, such as Pentecostalism in different parts of the world, or systematic approaches to the relationship between theology and ecology.

Finally, you will 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.

 

Compulsory modules
Research Skills
Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion
Theology and Modernity: Thinkers and Approaches 

Optional modules 
Ecology and Theology
Approaches to Biblical Studies
Pentecostal Theology and Practice
Islam, Gender and Culture
Religions in Dialogue and Conflict
Understanding Gender: Theology, Language and Incarnation
Gender and Social Justice: African Theological Perspectives

Dissertation
Dissertation

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

This course is especially beneficial for those hoping to pursue a career in education, faith-based organisations, religious ministry and chaplaincy, or social services; work in international aid, the charity sector, and community organisations. 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.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.