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MA Religions and Theology

Covering a wide range of religious traditions, our master's course prepares you either for work in which religious and cultural awareness is important or for further study. About half our students come with a Religion or Theology degree. The rest come usually with a Humanities degree and a desire to switch focus into the study of religion or a related field.

Most teaching is in small-group seminars. These are reinforced by access to a wide range of undergraduate classes, including language classes, and to teaching from other departments. We have a distinctive interest in the relation between religion and context.

Particular areas of focus:

As an MA student, you will have research access to the John Rylands Library, one of the world's leading archive centres, housing everything from the oldest New Testament fragment to John Wesley’s letters. Our university library is one of the best in the UK for printed books and one of the best in the world for electronic resources, including access to hundreds of journals in religion.

What will I study?

We offer a range of course unit choices as part of our MA. To get a sense of the diversity we offer, we encourage you to explore our course unit database. Please be aware that you also have the option to take some course units from other disciplines. 

Our students say

  • "The course has provided stimulating teaching from expert and enthusiastic staff, the chance to engage with current research presented in weekly seminars, and opportunities to hear leading international scholars at endowed lectures. The excellent library facilities are also worth mentioning" - James Goodman, MA Focus in: Biblical Studies
  • "Through engaging with my peers and the continued support offered by the department’s administrators and academics, I was granted a first-class introduction to the complex relationship between religion and politics and was able to feel confident in tackling seminar presentations and summative essays after a year out of formal education" - Seb Murphy-Bates, MA Focus in: Religion and Politics
  • "The course has been challenging which is exactly what I wanted, to know that bit more and to push myself that little bit further beyond degree level. I am grateful to all the academic and non-academic staff that have made the University of Manchester more than I could have possibly expected" - Alice Adshead, MA Focus in: Jewish Studies
  • "The course gives much freer rein than undergraduate courses, allowing you to study in depth according to your area of preference" - Sarah Daniel, MA Focus in: Religion and Politics 

Find out more

For information on how to apply and about fees and funding in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, please visit the following links:

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