University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Religion, Politics and Society

This new programme examines the major themes around the role of religion in politics and international relations in the contemporary world and allows students to research the role of religion in society and politics, looking at both domestic and transnational contexts. It explores the theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches to the subject by focusing on the relationship between organised religions and the nation-state, as well as the global processes that promote religious conflict and conflict resolution.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree, IELTS: 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band; TOEFL IBT: 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. Alternatively students can satisfy the English language requirement by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students.

Course modules

Modules include: Religion in contemporary global politics i; religion in contemporary global politics ii. ma and diploma students also study a core module in research methods. optional modules: theology and religion include: feminism in the muslim world; islam in diaspora; political islam; religious diversity; religion and peace-building; sikh perspectives interreligious relations; america as a world power; contemporary themes and issues in british politics; diplomacy and statecraft; economic diplomacy and negotiation; ethical dimensions of terrorism, political violence and war; foreign policy analysis; gender and global governance; globalisation and governance; globalisation since 1945; global bioethics; global ethics i; global ethics ii; human rights; making sense of the world: themes in global history; multiculturalism and religious conflict; nations and their neighbours; politics and the state; terrorism and contemporary conflict; terrorism and political violence; the theory and ethics of terrorism and political violence; US foreign and defence policy.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,570 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,285 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
PgCert Full-time £ 2,190 per Academic year (home fees) 4 months
PgCert Full-time £ 7,425 per Academic year (overseas fees) 4 months
PgDip Full-time £ 4,380 per Academic year (home fees) 8 months
PgDip Full-time £ 14,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 8 months

Campus details

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

Key information

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