The MA in Theology and Religion is a unique postgraduate course that enables you to either specialize in one facet of theology and religion or to opt for a broad-based pattern of study.
Currently, the MA has three specialised routes: Christian Theology; Religion and Contemporary Society; Comparative Religion. Comparative Religion is defined in a broad sense, which includes both the study of bilateral and multilateral relationships between religions, and comparative textual study. Students may choose one of these routes or a programme that enables them to draw on all three.
The programme will be of interest to graduates who wish to engage critically with key issues in the study of theology and religion, and to develop the religious sensitivity necessary to understand the contemporary world.
If you do not wish to undertake a full MA, you may register for a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma.
Mode of study: Full or part-time
Study pattern: September or January entry
Students on the MA complete 180 credits in order to graduate (PG. Cert. students complete 60 credits and PG. Dip students, 120 credits).
The 180 credits consist of taught modules to the value of 120 credits and a 60 credits dissertation (c. 15,000 words).
The taught courses include two compulsory modules (15 credits each), Critical Thinking and Dissertation Preparation, a core Postgraduate Seminar (30 credits) and a choice of modules from the provision in any year. Those on a named route can take 30 credits from other named routes.
· Postgraduate Seminar in Christian Theology
· Postgraduate Seminar in Religion in Contemporary Society
· Postgraduate Seminar in Comparative Religion
· The Living Tradition: Continuity and Change in western and non-western Christianity
· Religion and Society
· Comparative Religion
Optional Choice Modules, a selection of which will be offered each year
· Christian Theology
· Tradition and Interpretation in European Biblical Studies
· Negotiations in Christian Theology
· Religion and Contemporary Society
· Religion and Migration
· Islam in Britain
· Buddhism in the Contemporary World
· Religion and Plurality: identity, co-existence and co-responsibility
· Studies in Buddhist-Christian Relations
Applicants require a good honours degree (normally a 1st or 2:1) or evidence of relevant professional experience.
The Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University is staffed by internationally recognised scholars with expertise in areas that include Augustinian Studies, Biblical Studies, Buddhist Studies, Continental Philosophy, Feminist Theology, Islamic Studies, Jewish Law, Mission History and World Christianity. This enables an impressive research environment that feeds into MA teaching. Formal teaching sessions are complemented by lectures given by visiting professors, a programme of postgraduate research seminars and occasional study tours to regions such as South India and Turkey.
An MA in Theology and Religion provides a firm foundation for several career options. Schools looking for Religious Education teachers increasingly favour applicants who have a specialist MA. Work in the voluntary sector that engages with religious diversity can demand the high level of religious literacy that this MA provides. The MA can also provide the specialist theological knowledge that is needed for work within Christian organisations.