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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 joint 3rd in the UK for the power of world-leading and internationally excellent research. It is also in the top 10 for Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies in the UK (QS World Rankings by subject 2018).
        • 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.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year full time, 2 years part time, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders

Dr Christopher Hamilton


Further details

Course contact for further information

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Theology and Religious Studies



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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. 

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.




Course format and assessment


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 eight 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 four 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.


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

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules that you select.

As a capital city, home to a mix of people of hugely diverse backgrounds, London will offer you tremendous opportunities as a student of religion. Numerous religious groups with very different beliefs, rituals, practices and religious art exist nearby. Our central location means we have access to such unrivalled resources as the National Archives, the British Library, the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Lambeth Palace Library, to name only a few.


Regulating body
King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following module:

  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take up to 120 credits of optional modules, of which 40 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:

• Cosmology & Chaos in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (20 credits)

• Paul’s Writings: Special Study of Chosen Passages (20 credits)

• Jesus’ Death & Resurrection: Gospels, Reception, Representation (20 credits)

• The Bible & Archaeology (20 credits)

• Introductory Koine Greek with Texts (40 credits)

• Introductory Biblical Hebrew (40 credits)

• Advanced Hebrew Texts (20 credits)

• Modern Doctrine (20 credits)

• The Idea of Beauty in Western Theology (40 credits)

• Patristic Theology in the Making (20 credits)

• Philosophy, Literature & the Human Condition (20 credits)

• The Art of Dante’s Comedy (20 credits)

• The Devotional Use of Art in Christianity (20 credits)

• Art as a Theological Medium (20 credits)

• An Introduction to Buddhism Through its Arts (20 credits)

• Religion and the Modern State: Jewish and Other Perspectives (20 credits)

• Issues & Themes in Contemporary Islamic Thinking (20 credits)

•The Idea of Beauty in Islam (20 credits)

• Shamanism, Animism, Dreams & Religious Visions (20 credits)

• Religion & Politics in Western Societies (20 credits)

• Contemporary Religious Movements (20 credits)

Part-time students on the MA Religion are required to take 80 credits of optional modules in their first year. In their second year they are required to take the 60-credit dissertation module and 40 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

Entry requirements & how to apply

MA Religion Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1

A Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours is usually required but not necessarily in a humanities subject.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band C Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies. Your application will be assessed by at least two academic members of staff. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Religion checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). Please explain why you wish to take our programme, and outline your relevant background experience.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.


Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,460 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,250 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,730 per year (2021/22)

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


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 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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.

Additional Costs /Expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, 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


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



Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.

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