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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Wales Trinity Saint David

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    01-OCT-21, 01-FEB-22

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

The Study of Religions (MA) has a distinct methodological emphasis drawing on the expertise of staff. The aim of the programme is not to focus on any one tradition, but to enable engagement with different traditions in a manner that is free, fair, accurate and open to correction.

This programme has a distinctive focus on contemporary religions. Its range of modules, exploring different aspects of religion today, has been designed by staff members with a background in sociology, anthropology, and religious studies. The modules enable students to explore not just the theoretical, but also the practical lived aspects of religious faith and practice in different contexts.

The Study of Religions (MA) at UWTSD is a unique programme that enables students to develop research skills in case they want to continue on a PhD but also prepares them towards a career in Religious Education.

Course Overview

Students will usually start the Study of Religions (MA) with the compulsory module on Theory and Methodology in the Study of Religions. It will provide them with knowledge and understanding of key areas in the study of religions. Students then can select their other three modules from a list of optional modules. These modules will enable students to specialise on distinct aspects of religion and on distinct methodologies. This flexibility allows students to develop their own research interest within the Study of Religions from the start.

Students have the choice to study in-depth an aspect of Buddhism (Buddhist Philosophy), China (Chinese Religions at the Grassroots) and / or Celtic Spirituality (Celtic Spirituality, Sanctity and Hagiography).

Additional modules are available in the area of Islamic Studies (Islam Today) and aspects of alternative spirituality (e.g. in the modules Sacred Geography and Western Esotericism). Some modules allow students to look at religion in a comparative approach such as Religion and the Environment and Interreligious Encounter.

Students can also explore the phenomenon of religious and spiritual experience (Religious Experience Today) – a subject area which the Institute considers is important given the location of the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre on the Lampeter campus.

In choosing their options, students should consider which modules are most relevant to the topic of their dissertation and will receive advice on this from the subject specialist.

Part II consists of a 60-credit dissertation of 15,000 words. Students will be able to apply the skills and knowledge gained in Part I when undertaking this sustained piece of personal research.

Assessment

Assessments include long essays (usually 4,000 words), shorter critical reviews, research proposals, and other shorter tasks. There are no examinations. The dissertation is a single piece of work comprising 15,000 words.

Career Opportunities

This course develops core transferable skills in religious literacy, intercultural sensitivity, and self-reflection valued by employers. Students typically go on to work in a number of professions, including teaching, banking and financial business, marketing and advertising, publishing, civil service, health and social care, counselling, and customer service.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 10,000overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

  • University League Table

    104th

  • Campus address

    University of Wales Trinity Saint David, College Road, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 3EP, Wales

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    12th out of 29 17

  • Entry standards

    / Max 197
    n/a

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70 70%

    13th

    19
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.24 85%

    8th

    4

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