MA in Religion, Politics and Conflict Resolution

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Program Description

MA in Religion, Politics and Conflict Resolution

St Mary's University, Twickenham

MA in Religion, Politics and Conflict Resolution

The programme is primarily concerned with understanding the relationship between religious and other beliefs, with politics, conflict and its resolution.

The focus is on contemporary and on past societies. The degree allows students to explore these issues over an extended time and in different geographical and cultural locations.

Key Facts

This course equips students with advanced levels of theoretical and research-derived knowledge and understanding of the relationship between religious belief, conflict and conflict resolution.

The course examines in both historical and contemporary contexts, the relationship between religion, politics, ethnic and national conflicts and their resolutions. It equips students to engage confidently in academic and professional communication with others in the field.

Programme Content

All students begin by taking two compulsory foundation modules worth 30 credits each.

Religion, Politics and Conflict Resolution

Explores the theoretical, historical and contemporary contexts for the relationship between religions, ethnic and national conflicts.

Religion and Reconciliation

Explores the idea that religion is not only a source of conflict, but also a major source of incentive and resources for reconciliation. It examines peace-building, exploring the religious motivations and perspectives of participants.

Having completed these two compulsory core modules, each worth 30 credits, students then make a choice of three modules worth 20 credits each from the list set out below:

  • The Holocaust and Memory
  • The Crusades
  • The Holy Land
  • Cultures of Revolt in Europe and the USA 1940-1980
  • Imagining Islam: From Saladin to Osama Bin Laden
  • The Balkans
  • Varieties of Modern Fundamentalisms
  • ‘Princely Power’: From Whitehall to the White House
  • Creating France: From Saint Louis to Sarkozy


Once these taught modules have been completed students may proceed to the final 15,000 word dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with the Programme Director. To assist this process students are also expected to complete a 20 Credit module in Research Methods and Reflective Practice.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of St Mary’s University College.

Students normally are required to have a minimum 2:2 degree from a UK university or equivalent in a relevant subject at honours level (e.g. Theology, History, Sociology or Philosophy).

Students without such qualifications will be considered for admission if they are deemed to have substantial equivalent qualifications or experience.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2016
2 years
Part time
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom London, England
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