Heythrop College, University of London

Heythrop College, University of London

Philosophy and Religion

This course explores the dynamics of the constant interplay between philosophical and theological issues, and the consequences which flow from this for practical living. It incorporates reflection on religion from both philosophical and theological perspectives and addresses questions such as religious fulfilment and ethical motivation as raised in the classical Christian tradition and in modern analysis. This MA aims to be of interest to a wide range of students; for example those engaged in the study and practice of religion, those interested in making an informed contribution to contemporary religious, social and ethical debate; and those whose professional life involves philosophical and ethical questions. As a Master�s qualification which applies critical thinking skills to some universally important themes, the degree may contribute to career progression in varied areas, including teaching, media, public services and the voluntary sector.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree, (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent, in an appropriate subject; for applicants whose 1st language is not English, the College requires: IELTS score of at least 6.5, with no less than 6.5 in each of listening, speaking, reading and writing; TOEFL internet based test score of 92 with no less than 23 in each of listening, speaking, reading and writing; Pearson Test of English Academic score of 60 overall with no less than 55 in any component.

Course modules

Modules include: Reason and religion; understanding religion in the age of modernity. Options include: foundations of ethics; bioethics and sexual ethics; selected themes in European philosophy; the franciscan spiritual tradition (faith, reason and spirituality); contemporary Judaism; unity and diversity in contemporary Islamic thought; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a combination of coursework tasks completed during or shortly after the period of module teaching and an end of year essay for each module studied. The coursework tasks vary and could include reviews, and reports as well as essays. In addition, applicants complete a 12-15,000 word dissertation on a research topic agreed with their supervisor.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 2,350 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 5,725 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Heythrop College, University of London Kensington and Chelsea W8 5HQ South East

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
020 7795 4201