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Overview

Attracting students from around the world, our MA in Religion offers students an outstanding range of teaching from internationally leading scholars. Our degree gives you the option of taking one of four different pathways of study or to tailor your own degree based on your interests.

Students can tap into our rich tradition of excellence in textual, theological and philosophical study while gaining perspective on ways religion shapes and is shaped by the contemporary world.

Leads to careers in teaching, journalism, civil service, community, church or 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 third in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

• 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 Susannah Ticciati - overall course convenor.

Pathways: Biblical Studies - Prof Edward Adams (Prof Joan Taylor in Semester One 2018), Jewish Studies - Dr Andrea Schatz, Religion in Contemporary Society - Dr Katherine Swancutt, Systematic Theology - Dr Edward Epsen.

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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Description

The MA in Religion is designed to be both rigorous and flexible. Under the umbrella of a single MA, you will have the choice of four pathways that can be tailored to your interests.

If you wish to gain a deeper understanding of religion in the contemporary world from political, sociological and anthropological perspectives, follow the Religion in Contemporary Society pathway.

For a comprehensive understanding of Christian thought and practice as it has been reasoned and debated over the centuries, take the Systematic Theology pathway.

The Biblical Studies pathway introduces students to the world, text and context of the Bible in antiquity and in the modern world, reading it as literature and as a theological text.

The Jewish Studies pathway opens up the richness of Jewish texts and experience from antiquity to modern times, with particular attention to current issues in multi-religious societies.

The final option available to you is to not follow a pathway and to instead forge your own path, choosing the MA-level teaching you desire from across our diverse and interdisciplinary Department of Theology and Religious Studies and beyond.

Applicants apply to the MA Religion programme, and then are allocated to a pathway depending on their module choices in the course of their studies.

Course format and assessment

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 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.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment
Methods of assessment vary between modules, but typically involve the submission of some coursework (usually an essay) and a written examination. A few modules are assessed through only one of these methods.

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

Structure

Year 1

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

Required Modules

Required modules for all pathways

You are required to take the following module:

• Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules

MA Religion (without a pathway)

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:

• Interpreting the Bible (20 credits)
• Cosmology & Chaos in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (20 credits)
• Paul’s Writings: Special Study of Chosen Passages (20 credits)
• Advanced Greek Texts A (20 credits) • Advanced Greek Texts B (20 credits)
• Jesus’ Death & Resurrection: Gospels, Reception, Representation (20 credits)
• The Bible & Archaeology (20 credits)
• Shamanism, Animism, Dreams & Religious Visions (20 credits)
• Religion & Politics in Western Societies (20 credits)
• Contemporary Religious Movements (20 credits)
• The Anthropology of Ontology & Religious Innovation (20 credits)
• Modern Doctrine (20 credits)
• Interpreting the Bible (20 credits)
• Classics of Sufi Literature (20 credits)
• An Introduction to Buddhism Through its Arts (20 credits)
• Regional Buddhism (20 credits)
• Issues & Themes in Contemporary Islamic Thinking (20 credits)
• Intellectual History of the Muslim World (20 credits)
• Philosophy, Literature & the Human Condition (20 credits)
• Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts A (20 credits)
• Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts B (20 credits)
• The Gospels (20 credits)
• Advanced Hebrew Texts (20 credits)
• The Devotional Use of Art in Christianity (20 credits)
• Art as a Theological Medium (20 credits)
• Religion & Spirituality in Modern Art (20 credits)

Biblical Studies pathway

In addition you are required to take two optional modules (40 credits) from a specialist list of optional modules that may typically include:

• Interpreting the Bible (20 credits)
• Cosmology & Chaos in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (20 credits)
• Paul’s Writings: Special Study of Chosen Passages (20 credits)

You are also required to take up to 80 credits of optional modules, of which 40 credits may be taken from outside the Department with the permission of the programme convenor. The list of optional modules within the Department may typically include:

• Interpreting the Bible (20 credits)
• Cosmology & Chaos in the Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament (20 credits)
• Paul’s Writings: Special Study of Chosen Passages (20 credits)
• Advanced Greek Texts A (20 credits)
• Advanced Greek Texts B (20 credits)
• Jesus’ Death & Resurrection: Gospels, Reception, Representation (20 credits)
• The Bible & Archaeology (20 Credits)
• Shamanism, Animism, Dreams & Religious Visions (20 credits)
• Religion & Politics in Western Societies (20 credits)
• Contemporary Religious Movements (20 credits)
• The Anthropology of Ontology & Religious Innovation (20 credits)
• Modern Doctrine (20 credits)
• Interpreting the Bible (20 credits)
• The Christian Text (20 credits)
• Revelation & Reason: Content & Method in Systematic Theology (20 credits)
• Identities & Communities in Flux: Texts & Methods in Jewish Studies (20 credits)
• Religion & the Modern State: Jewish & Other Perspectives (20 credits)
• Rabbinic Texts & the Readers: Gender, Sexuality & the Body (20 credits)
• Introductory Biblical Hebrew I (20 credits)
• Introductory Biblical Hebrew II (20 credits)
• Classics of Sufi Literature (20 credits)
• An Introduction to Buddhism Through its Arts (20 credits)
• Regional Buddhism (20 credits)
• Issues & Themes in Contemporary Islamic Thinking (20 credits)
• Intellectual History of the Muslim World (20 credits)
• Philosophy, Literature & the Human Condition (20 credits)
• Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts A (20 credits)
• Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts B (20 credits)
• The Gospels (20 credits)
• Advanced Hebrew Texts (20 credits)
• The Devotional Use of Art in Christianity (20 credits)
• Art as a Theological Medium (20 credits)
• Religion & Spirituality in Modern Art (20 credits)

The following typical optional modules are associated with the pathway:

• Jesus’ Death & Resurrection: Gospels, Reception, Representation (20 credits)
• The Gospels (20 credits)
• The Bible & Archaeology (20 credits)
• Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts A (20 credits)
• Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts B (20 credits)
• Advanced Greek Texts A (20 credits)
• Advanced Greek Texts B (20 credits)
• Introductory Biblical Hebrew I (20 credits)
• Introductory Biblical Hebrew II (20 credits)
• Advanced Hebrew Texts (20 credits)

Religion in Contemporary Society pathway

In addition you are required to take two optional modules (40 credits) from a specialist list of optional modules that may typically include:

• Shamanism, Animism, Dreams & Religious Visions (20 credits)
• Religion & Politics in Western Societies (20 credits)
• Contemporary Religious Movements (20 credits)

You are also required to take up to 80 credits of optional modules, of which 40 credits may be taken from outside the Department with the permission of the programme convenor. The list of optional modules within the Department may typically include:

• Interpreting the Bible (20 credits)
• Cosmology & Chaos in the Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament (20 credits)
• Paul’s Writings: Special Study of Chosen Passages (20 credits)
• Advanced Greek Texts A (20 credits)
• Advanced Greek Texts B (20 credits)
• Jesus’ Death & Resurrection: Gospels, Reception, Representation (20 credits)
• The Bible & Archaeology (20 credits)
• Shamanism, Animism, Dreams & Religious Visions (20 credits)
• Religion & Politics in Western Societies (20 credits)
• Contemporary Religious Movements (20 credits)
• Modern Doctrine (20 credits)
• Interpreting the Bible (20 credits)
• The Christian Text (20 credits)
• Revelation and Reason: Content & Method in Systematic Theology (20 credits)
• Identities & Communities in Flux: Texts & Methods in Jewish Studies (20 credits)
• Religion & the Modern State: Jewish & Other Perspectives (20 credits)
• Rabbinic Texts & the Readers: Gender, Sexuality & the Body (20 credits)
• Introductory Biblical Hebrew I (20 credits)
• Introductory Biblical Hebrew II (20 credits)
• Classics of Sufi Literature (20 credits)
• An Introduction to Buddhism Through its Arts (20 credits)
• Regional Buddhism (20 credits)
• Issues & Themes in Contemporary Islamic Thinking (20 credits)
• Intellectual History of the Muslim World (20 credits)
• Philosophy, Literature & the Human Condition (20 credits)
• Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts A (20 credits)
• Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts B (20 credits)
• The Gospels (20 credits)
• Advanced Hebrew Texts (20 credits)
• The Devotional Use of Art in Christianity (20 credits)
• Art as a Theological Medium (20 credits)
• Religion & Spirituality in Modern Art (20 credits)

The following typical optional module is highlighted as being associated with this pathway:

• The Anthropology of Ontology & Religious Innovation (20 credits)

Systematic Theology pathway

In addition, you are required to take two optional modules (40 credits) from a specialist list of optional modules that may typically include:

• Modern Doctrine (20 credits)
• Interpreting the Bible (20 credits)
• Revelation & Reason: Content & Method in Systematic Theology (20 credits)

You are also required to take up to 80 credits of optional modules, of which 40 credits may be taken from outside the Department with the permission of the programme convenor. The list of optional modules within the Department may typically include:

• Interpreting the Bible (20 credits)
• Cosmology & Chaos in the Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament (20 credits)
• Paul’s Writings: Special Study of Chosen Passages (20 credits)
• Advanced Greek Texts A (20 credits)
• Advanced Greek Texts B (20 credits)
• Jesus’ Death & Resurrection: Gospels, Reception, Representation (20 credits)
• The Bible and Archaeology (20 credits)
• Shamanism, Animism, Dreams & Religious Visions (20 credits)
• Religion & Politics in Western Societies (20 credits)
• Contemporary Religious Movements (20 credits)
• The Anthropology of Ontology & Religious Innovation (20 credits)
• Modern Doctrine (20 credits)
• Interpreting the Bible (20 credits)
• The Christian Text (20 credits)
• Identities & Communities in Flux: Texts & Methods in Jewish Studies (20 credits)
• Religion & the Modern State: Jewish & Other Perspectives (20 credits)
• Rabbinic Texts & the Readers: Gender, Sexuality & the Body (20 credits)
• Introductory Biblical Hebrew I (20 credits)
• Introductory Biblical Hebrew II (20 credits)
• Classics of Sufi Literature (20 credits)
• An Introduction to Buddhism Through its Arts (20 credits)
• Regional Buddhism (20 credits)
• Issues & Themes in Contemporary Islamic Thinking (20 credits)
• Intellectual History of the Muslim World (20 credits)
• Philosophy, Literature & the Human Condition (20 credits)
• Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts A (20 credits)
• Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts B (20 credits)
• The Gospels (20 credits)
• Advanced Hebrew Texts (20 credits)
• The Devotional Use of Art in Christianity (20 credits)
• Art as a Theological Medium (20 credits)
• Religion & Spirituality in Modern Art (20 credits)

The following typical optional module is highlighted as being associated with the pathway:

• Revelation & Reason: Content & Method in Systematic Theology (20 credits)

Jewish Studies pathway

In addition, you are required to take two optional modules (40 credits) from a specialist list that may typically include:

• Identities & Communities in Flux: Texts & Methods in Jewish Studies (20 credits)
• Rabbinic Texts & the Readers: Gender, Sexuality & the Body (20 credits)
• Religion & the Modern State: Jewish & Other Perspectives (20 credits)

You are also required to take up to 80 credits of optional modules, of which 40 credits may be taken from outside the Department with the permission of the programme convenor. The list of optional modules within the Department may typically include:

• Religion & Politics in Western Societies (20 credits)
• Contemporary Religious Movements (20 credits)
• Cosmology & Chaos in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (20 credits)
• The Bible & Archaeology (20 credits)
• Interpreting the Bible (20 credits)
• Paul’s Writings: Special Study of Chosen Passages (20 credits)
• Jesus’ Death & Resurrection: Gospels, Reception, Representation (20 credits)
• The Gospels (20 credits)
• Identities & Communities in Flux: Texts & Methods in Jewish Studies (20 credits)
• Rabbinic Texts & the Readers: Gender, Sexuality & the Body (20 credits)
• Religion & the Modern State: Jewish & Other Perspectives (20 credits)
• Revelation & Reason: Content & Method in Systematic Theology (20 credits)
• Modern Doctrine (20 credits)
• The Christian Text (20 credits)
• Classics of Sufi Literature (20 credits)
• Intellectual History of the Muslim World (20 credits)
• Issues & Themes in Contemporary Islamic Thinking (20 credits)
• An Introduction to Buddhism Through its Arts (20 credits)
• Regional Buddhism (20 credits)
• The Anthropology of Ontology & Religious Innovation (20 credits)
• Shamanism, Animism, Dreams & Religious Visions (20 credits)
• Philosophy, Literature & the Human Condition (20 credits)
• Religion & Spirituality in Modern Art (20 credits)
• The Devotional Use of Art in Christianity (20 credits)
• Art as a Theological Medium (20 credits)
• Introductory Biblical Hebrew I (20 credits)
• Introductory Biblical Hebrew II (20 credits)
• Advanced Hebrew Texts (20 credits)
• Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts A (20 credits)
• Introductory New Testament Greek with Texts B (20 credits)
• Advanced Greek Texts A (20 credits)
• Advanced Greek Texts B (20 credits)

The following typical optional modules are highlighted as being associated with the pathway:

• Introductory Biblical Hebrew I (20 credits)
• Introductory Biblical Hebrew II (20 credits)
• Advanced Hebrew Texts (20 credits)
• Cosmology & Chaos in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (20 credits)
• The Bible & Archaeology (20 credits)
• Exile & Identity: The Jews of Christian & Muslim Spain (20 credits; outside the Department)
• A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (20 credits; outside the Department)

Part-time students on the MA Religion with a pathway are required to take 40 credits within the specialist list for their pathway and 40 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.

Part-time students on the MA Religion without a pathway 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 £60 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 of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Please provide a personal statement with your application, which clearly explains why you wish to take our programme, and outlines 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 Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
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 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  

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/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £21,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £10,650 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week 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.

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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