University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Religion and Culture

This programme offers a framework within which students can develop knowledge and skills in the social, cultural and theological study of religion and lived faith in contemporary society. Depending on your individual interests, studies can include formal religions, alternative/�New Age� spiritualities, or alternative sources of meaning that are not conventionally thought of as �religious�. You can also study religion in different regional contexts, looking at anthropological, sociological, historical and cultural issues.

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

Core module: Research methods. Optional modules: Contemporary theology and the holy spirit; evangelical and Pentecostal hermeneutics; history and theology of evangelicalism and Pentecostalism; Pentecostal/charismatic theology in context; political Islam; the electronic book; Greek palaeography and Codicology; NT textual criticism; history Christian Muslim relations; Islam in Diaspora; classic problems in the philosophy of religion; Sikh perspectives interreligious relations; religion in contemporary global politics; contemporary Sikh studies; problems of religious diversity; Islamic philosophy; religion and peacebuilding; querying theology and biblical studies; feminism in Islam; contemporary Sufi movements; Dead Sea Scrolls (subject to approval); the Bible and sacred space (subject to approval).

Assessment methods

Applicants produce a 20,000-word thesis on a topic of their choice.


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

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
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