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Religion MA

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Attracting students from around the world, our MA in Religion offers students an outstanding range of teaching from internationally leading scholars. Students can tap into our rich tradition of excellence in textual, theological, philosophical and social scientific study while gaining perspective on ways religion shapes and is shaped by the contemporary world. Our degree gives you the opportunity to tailor your own course of study based on your interests, specialising in particular areas of the study of religion, such as Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Social Sciences (Anthropology, Sociology and Politics), and others, depending on teaching provisions within a given academic year. Our MA in Religion leads to careers in teaching, further research, journalism, civil service, community, church or other religious organisations.

Key benefits

  • King's is home to a large, vibrant Department of Theology and Religious Studies, with special expertise in Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism and a variety of contemporary religious movements within and outside these traditions.
  • The Department is ranked 3rd in the UK for research excellence (REF2021). It is also in the Top 10 for Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies in the UK (QS World Rankings by Subject 2022)
  • Our teaching makes the most of London's immensely diverse and rich religious culture and resources, including many places of worship and the collections of the British Museum and the National Gallery.
  • King's central location offers easy access to numerous libraries across London.

The MA in Religion is designed to be both in-depth and flexible so that you can tailor your course to suit your interests whether that's contemporary religion, Biblical studies, Systematic Theology or Social Science based theology - the choice is yours. 

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Choose from a wide range of optional modules covering different elements of religion and society and undertake some in-depth research into an area you're interested in with your dissertation which will be supervised by an expert member of our teaching team.

Teaching

We strongly believe that teaching and research should be closely related. All our teaching staff are therefore research-active, many enjoying international reputations as leaders in their fields. Our commitment to original research means that we can introduce students to new discoveries in a diverse range of fields being explored by our staff.

If you are a full-time student, each week we will provide six to ten hours of teaching through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 34 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student, each week we will provide two to six hours of teaching through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 17 hours of independent study.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    Your performance will primarily be assessed through coursework, and occasionally written examination. Forms of assessment may typically include essays.

    Structure

    Required modules

    You are required to take the following module:

    Academic Methods for Masters Dissertations in Theology and Religious Studies (15 credits)
    Dissertation (60 Credits)

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take up to 105 credits of optional modules, of which 45 credits may be taken from outside the Department with the permission of the programme convenor, from a list of optional modules which may typically include:

    Part-time students on the MA Religion normally take 90 credits of optional modules in their first year, and in their second year normally take the 15 credits Academic Methods module, the 60-credit dissertation module and 15 credits of optional modules.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Our graduates use the skills and knowledge that they develop with us to pursue careers in teaching, journalism, media, civil service, policy consultancy, museum work, community organisations and the church or other religious institutions. Others have continued their studies to further research.

     

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

     

     

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • graduation costs
    • library fees and fines
    • personal photocopies
    • printing course handouts
    • society membership fees
    • stationery
    • travel costs for transportation around London and between campuses

    Funding

    The MA in Religion is designed to be both in-depth and flexible so that you can tailor your course to suit your interests whether that's contemporary religion, Biblical studies, Systematic Theology or Social Science based theology - the choice is yours. 

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    Choose from a wide range of optional modules covering different elements of religion and society and undertake some in-depth research into an area you're interested in with your dissertation which will be supervised by an expert member of our teaching team.

    Teaching

    We strongly believe that teaching and research should be closely related. All our teaching staff are therefore research-active, many enjoying international reputations as leaders in their fields. Our commitment to original research means that we can introduce students to new discoveries in a diverse range of fields being explored by our staff.

    If you are a full-time student, each week we will provide six to ten hours of teaching through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 34 hours of independent study.

    If you are a part-time student, each week we will provide two to six hours of teaching through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 17 hours of independent study.

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      Your performance will primarily be assessed through coursework, and occasionally written examination. Forms of assessment may typically include essays.

      Structure

      Required modules

      You are required to take the following module:

      Academic Methods for Masters Dissertations in Theology and Religious Studies (15 credits)
      Dissertation (60 Credits)

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take up to 105 credits of optional modules, of which 45 credits may be taken from outside the Department with the permission of the programme convenor, from a list of optional modules which may typically include:

      Part-time students on the MA Religion normally take 90 credits of optional modules in their first year, and in their second year normally take the 15 credits Academic Methods module, the 60-credit dissertation module and 15 credits of optional modules.

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Our graduates use the skills and knowledge that they develop with us to pursue careers in teaching, journalism, media, civil service, policy consultancy, museum work, community organisations and the church or other religious institutions. Others have continued their studies to further research.

       

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

       

       

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • graduation costs
      • library fees and fines
      • personal photocopies
      • printing course handouts
      • society membership fees
      • stationery
      • travel costs for transportation around London and between campuses

      Funding

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