University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Sikh Studies

This programme seeks to provide students with an understanding of the Sikh religion in a theological, anthropological and �case-by-case� context with particular reference to the contemporary scene. The focus is issue-based rather than, say, linguistic; thus, texts studied will be in English and there are no requirements barring entry with regard to languages (eg, Punjabi). It aims to develop critical reasoning skills to enable students to objectively analyse Sikh writings as well as writings about Sikhism by both Sikh and non-Sikh scholars.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 degree in a relevant discipline is required for entry. English requirements are: IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band, TOEFL 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking, 21 in Writing, or PTE Academic 59 in all 4 skills.

Course modules

Research methods; contemporary issues in Sikhism; Sikh perspectives on interreligious relations; feminism in Islam; Hinduism, colonialism, nationalism; history of Christian Muslim relations; Islam in Diaspora; Islamic philosophy; political Islam; problems of philosophical religion; religion and peacebuilding; religion in contemporary global politics; special study.

Assessment methods

A 20,000-word thesis is required to pass this course.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 4,110 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 13,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MRes Part-time £ 2,055 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

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