University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Science and Religion

Much of the recent debate surrounding 'New Atheism' has taken place within a poorly informed view of the history and philosophy of science and its relationship with religion; this dedicated programme aims to inform and engage with the debate in depth, looking at it from scientific, philosophical, historical, ethical and theological perspectives. It provides a strong grounding in these issues; the history of science is studied from ancient times through the modern scientific revolution, together with philosophical trends in our understanding of reality; the main areas of dialogue between science and religion are explored in depth, including cosmology, evolution, divine action and miracles, consciousness and the human person.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 degree, or its international equivalent, in theology/religion or in a natural or human science; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

Course modules

Core modules include: the history of science and religion in the Christian tradition; cosmos, cell and creator: current debates in science and religion; approaches to research in divinity and religious studies. Optional modules include: creation and providence; ecology, ethics and spirit; philosophical issues in evolution; man and the natural world in enlightenment.

Assessment methods

Dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,100 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,050 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 8,250 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,050 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,050 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,050 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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