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Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)|Hope Park|Start month: January & October
International students can apply
Entry Requirements
Teaching & Research


The Religious Education block is designed for practising teachers, educators and others with a personal or professional interest in the field of education. The block aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the key theories, concepts and ideas in education.

This block is part of the ‘Interdisciplinary Studies in Education’ suite of research-informed Masters provision. It offers each student a choice of awards that means they can tailor the available provision to their own research interests.

By studying at Liverpool Hope University, you will be joining an academic community with a strong record in educational research. You will study in a supportive learning environment and be encouraged to develop your own research profile.

Our Religious Education block must be combined with one of the following blocks:

Bursaries available: From September 2018, Culham St Gabriel's Trust will pay £1,500 towards the yearly cost of course fees for current primary and secondary teachers of RE wishing to study this degree. The bursary applies to all members of the scheme, whether in their first or subsequent year of the Masters programme. For further information, please see here.

Curriculum Overview

The full Masters award requires you to gain 180 credits, including a 60 credit dissertation. The following modules are studied as part of the Religious Education curriculum. The remaining credits should be made up from your other subject specialism.

Controversial Issues in Religious Education (30 credits)

This module examines a range of controversial issues associated with the teaching of RE in academies, primary and secondary schools. Through contemporary contexts issues are explored regarding accurate representations of religious traditions, challenging stereotypes, and the role of textual interpretation for framing religious worldviews. Students will critically analyse teaching methodologies and resources used for exploring sensitive issues in the RE classroom.

Context, Curriculum and Purposes of Religious Education (30 credits)

This module examines the curriculum and purposes of RE and its place within a range of contexts including primary, secondary and post-compulsory education; faith and non-faith schools .Attention will be given to issues inherent in the contemporary RE classroom. The impact of different pedagogies for the teaching of Religious Education will be explored along with a contextual analysis of curriculum design, assessment and the contributions of Religious Education to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.

Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students where they are required to visit settings other than their own.


Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

International Entry Requirements

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages

Teaching and Research

Research in the Faculty of Education is organised around two Research centres and forums:

Students taking a Masters in the Faculty of Education may find their work aligns with any or several of these groups, as the award is designed to allow individuals to study areas of education and teaching and learning in a wide variety of settings and contexts.


Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2018/19 are:



We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.



If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.


You will be able to structure your award to enhance your personal interests, career specific opportunities and potential for promotion to senior management and leadership. It will enable you to evaluate adults' and children's learning through research and postgraduate study. For teachers, this course will enhance opportunities to move beyond the threshold and become an 'excellent teacher'.

Students completing the MA will also be well placed to go on to a doctorate (EdD or PhD) at Liverpool Hope.