University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Religious Studies

The programme gives students the opportunity to study religious studies at a more advanced level than that for an undergraduate degree, whether as an end in itself or as appropriate preparation for further postgraduate research. Religious studies focuses more on the issues of the origin and function of religion than on the issue of the truth of religion. All religions are treated on a par, and sociological, economic, anthropological, and psychological topics are commonly considered. At the same time primary texts are studied, ideally in their original languages, and the history of the religions studied is considered indispensable.

Entry requirements

The entrance requirement for the degree of PhD is either a Master's degree or a 1st or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in an appropriate discipline from an approved university, or an equivalent qualification. English proficiency is required.

Course modules

Elective courses chosen from level 5 courses in religious studies, such as: �Isa (the Islamic image of Jesus (origins and development); interpreting myth; theorising religion with the Frankfurt School. Elective modules below level 5 in religious studies include: Atheism; Buddhist philosophy; social anthropology of religions; the life of Muhammad.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MLitt Full-time £ 13,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MLitt Part-time £ 4,000 per Whole course (home fees) 24 months
MLitt Part-time £ 13,000 per Whole course (overseas fees) 24 months
PhD Full-time £ 3,600 per Academic year (home fees) 36 months
PhD Full-time £ 12,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 36 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

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