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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Theology and Religious Studies

Programme code:MA-TRSUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Rachel Muers Contact address:R.E.Muers@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Normally 2.1 or above in a first degree (BA or equivalent) in Theology/Religious Studies or another humanities or social science subject. Other subjects will be considered only where there is evidence of relevant experience, background or private study in the field.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Philosophy, Religion and History of Science MA Board

Programme specification:

At the end of the programme students should:

- demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information, theories and methods at the forefront of the study of Theology and Religious Studies;
- exhibit mastery in the exercise of generic and subject-specific intellectual abilities;
- demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of theories, methods and skills applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship
- take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others;
- proactively formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these;
- critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the field of Theology and Religious Studies

The programme will build on existing TRS PGT provision by providing a new and more flexible pathway through our current MA module offerings. Students will have the opportunity to specialise in either “Theology” or “Religious Studies” depending on their choice of core module/s. The programme will include the Graduate Certificate as a point of entry. The flexibility and relatively generic character of the programme suggest that it may well be of interest to, e.g., professional development and general interest students, and a 60 credit programme may well suit their needs best.

The programme will be distinctive in national terms because of the particular expertise in TRS at Leeds. Notably, students will have the opportunity to use “theological” and “religious studies” methods in combination, and will be able to study diverse religious traditions in the contemporary UK context, as well as pursuing various sub-fields within TRS, including religion and public life, religion and global development, and philosophical approaches to religion.


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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study one or both of the following modules:

THEO5325MReligion and Society: Research Process and Methods30 creditsSemester 1
THEO5370MTheology and Public Life30 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to choose one of the following dissertation modules:

THEO5580MDissertation60 credits1 Jan to 30 Sep, 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
THEO5900MTheology & Religious Studies: Extended Dissertation90 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Candidates will be required to choose their remaining credits from the following optional modules:

PRHS5075MPhilosophy and Spiritual Practice30 creditsSemester 2
PRHS5400MReligion, Politics and Society30 creditsSemester 2
THEO5030MSin, Public Discourse and Public Life30 creditsSemester 2
THEO5050MReligions and Global Development30 creditsSemester 1
THEO5120MReligion, Gender and Sexuality30 creditsSemester 1
THEO5175MMuslims, Multiculturalism and the State30 creditsSemester 2
THEO5325MReligion and Society: Research Process and Methods30 creditsSemester 1
THEO5330MReligion, Politics and the Future: From Apocalypse to Utopia30 creditsNot running in 201920
THEO5370MTheology and Public Life30 creditsSemester 1
THEO5390MPhilosophy and the Spiritual Life: Contemporary Perspectives30 creditsNot running in 201920
THEO5420MResearch Project (Theology and Religious Studies)30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2, Semester 1, Semester 2
THEO5620MSpecial Options in Theology and Religious Studies30 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2

Last updated: 13/05/2019

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