Religion continues to shape our society and our understanding of the world. Deepening our knowledge of religious beliefs and practices is essential to tackling some of the greatest ethical and political challenges that we face. On this course you'll explore how religious traditions facilitate, disrupt, or otherwise influence political and social life. You'll learn about the relevance of theology, sacred scripture, religious ritual, and faith-based organisations to contemporary issues such as climate change, terrorism, global development, gender, sexuality and race discrimination, migration and diaspora. You'll also critically interrogate the concept of ‘religion’ in the context of different theories of politics, policy and social change, engaging with hotly debated and contested topics such secularisation, religious identity and representation, and religion and the public sphere. You'll have the option of choosing a specialised pathway in one of three areas – theology, global development, or gender. Our Religion course draws on academic expertise from across the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, including theological, philosophical, sociological and anthropological approaches to the topic. Our academic staff approach religion from a variety of angles, but they share a commitment to studying and teaching about religion critically and emphatically as a relevant factor in understanding our contemporary world. We have active links with charitable, activist, community and faith organisations in the city. As a postgraduate student, you'll be able to participate in our Centre for Religion and Public Life, and Centre for Philosophy of Religion. You'll be encouraged to join in with our fortnightly seminars and occasional research days, showcasing the work of our very own researchers at Leeds as well as external scholars. This course can be used for preparing for further research or to develop within any sector where religion or theology is relevant (for example the voluntary, advocacy, NGO, or policy sectors), or simply to further your interest in this fascinating area. You can study full-time or part-time, and we also offer postgraduate certificate (PGCert) and postgraduate diploma (PGDip) versions of the course.
Normally at least Upper Second Class Honours in a relevant discipline – e.g. theology & religious studies, politics and sociology.
English language requirements
|with no less than 6.0 in each component skill
|with no less than 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing
|with no less than 60 in any component
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Fees and funding
No fee information has been provided for this course