The MA in Theology and Religion is designed to accommodate the study of religions and spiritualties, past and present, and prepares you for professions that depend upon an advanced understanding of how religious histories, ideas, texts, and practices permeate all societies. It also provides ideal preparation for further research at the doctoral level.
The programme has a wide range of modules and you can create your own pathway by choosing those that are most relevant to your interests. We cater for interests in historical traditions, rituals and practices, contemporary spiritualities, world religions, religious texts, politics, histories, and ethical issues.
You will be encouraged to be critically robust in the analysis of your own and others’ presuppositions, to work independently with the guidance of module tutors and thesis supervisors, and to approach your studies in ways that demonstrate awareness of and engagement with the multi and interdisciplinary nature of issues under discussion.
Students are trained to interrogate their own presuppositions and those of others in a critically robust manner, to approach the study of theology and religion in ways that show sensitivity to the multi-disciplinary theories and issues. Transferrable skills include the ability to deploy relevant evidence and contextual considerations and present this in the context of a written piece of work, an examination, or an oral presentation. Students also gain skills of a personal organization in terms of working to deadlines, preparing contributions for group discussion, and ensuring the best use of tutorials and seminars.
Why Study this Course?
Flexibility – the range of options on offer allows you to study religion, theology, biblical studies in historical and/or contemporary contexts, to suit your areas of interest.
Excellent reputation – Times Higher Education ranked the Department of Theology and Religion second in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise. The University of Birmingham has also been ranked as one of the world's top 50 institutions to study Theology and Religious Studies in the 2021 QS World University Rankings.
Extracurricular opportunities – you will be exposed to a variety of opportunities to enhance your student experience, including regular coffee mornings for staff and students, visiting speakers, lecture series, and social events.
Small classes – teaching on the Masters-level modules involve mainly small-group seminars allowing you to really get to grips with the learning material.
The city – Birmingham is an ideal place to study Theology and Religion. The city is one of the most culturally and religiously diverse communities in Europe and the department has excellent relationships with the city’s faith communities.