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MA Theology and Religious Studies

University of Chester

This course is ideal for anyone seeking to gain greater understanding of the impact of religion, theology, and spirituality in the contemporary world and at key points in history, and to develop critical thinking skills.

You will study a wide range of key issues in the study of religion and theology, with options for engaging textual and hermeneutical as well as social scientific approaches, and opportunities for undertaking field research both in the UK and overseas.

Our academic staff are specialists in their fields with recognised excellence in teaching. In the latest Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 91% of respondents were satisfied with the teaching they received (PTES 2021).

Theology and Religious Studies Postgraduate ‘Find Out More’ Events

A Theology and Religious Studies ‘Find Out More’ event gives you the chance to meet members of the Department, both staff and students, in an informal and friendly atmosphere. You will find out more about us, our MAs and Doctoral courses and the nature of postgraduate studies with us. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

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The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester is distinctive for the breadth of expertise offered by our academic staff. On the MA in Theology and Religious Studies, you will have the opportunity to explore topics in biblical studies, the social scientific study of global religions, and Christian theology and ethics.

The Department has a strong research culture which directly informs our teaching. In the most recent evaluation of our research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), 88% of our submission was judged world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*), placing us 7th in the UK by this measure (REF2021 Results Analysis – Elsevier).

Professionals in both the private and public sectors engage in this course to increase their 'religious literacy' and to demonstrate to their employers the many transferable skills fostered by the study of theology and religions. Many students take this course simply because they consider studying the world's religious beliefs, texts, histories, and practices fascinating and relevant. The course also attracts those seeking ministerial development.

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1 year


Oct 2024

Start Month

Sep 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • October 2024
  • October 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time