• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
The MA Religion, Culture and Society programme from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) explores the impact and influence religion and belief has on social structures, community, politics, economics, policy (education), citizenship, culture & identity, sexuality, pluralism, spirituality, and national & international relationships.

About

The MA Religion, Culture and Society programme from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is of interest to both graduates and practitioners who wish to specialise further in Religion, Culture & Society. Graduates may wish to extend their knowledge to prepare for academic and professional careers in the private or public sector.

Development and expansion in undergraduate studies in religion and belief, together with the expansion of national and international ‘faith awareness’ initiatives, has resulted in a high demand for postgraduate studies within this discipline.

Further Information

The MA in Religion, Culture & Society brings together disciplines of Theology, Philosophy, Sociology and International Relations – a very innovative, exciting and challenging post-graduate degree award. 

The whole philosophy of the Religion, Culture and Society MA is to promote inclusively, encourage reflection on interfaith dialogue and highlight the important contribution religion and belief can make to community cohesion and the combating of religious prejudice and discrimination (QCA & DfES, 2004). 

The MA evaluates how and why the role of religion and culture has changed within society, and explores the impact and influence of religion and belief within economical, political and social constructs. Religion and faith is critically analysed within the framework of theistic and atheistic approaches to sexuality, spirituality, human rights, territory and space and cultural relationships. The application of classical and contemporary theological and philosophical concepts and theories of faith are examined in relation to lived environments.

Opportunities

Religion, Culture & Society (RCS) also includes field trips to places of interest such as; Liverpool Cathedrals, Ladywelle Pilgrimage and Shrine, the Hindu Temple etc. Although these trips are optional to MA students, they aim to draw attention to shared values, beliefs and practices, and supports students in achieving a mutual appreciation of different faiths and traditions. 

The trips aim to develop an experienced awareness of cultural heritage, traditions and practices of different faiths, and widen students’ appreciation of how those faiths and belief systems interact within lived environments, communities and in different social settings. Thus enhancing not only MA provision but also the learning experience and the environment where that learning experience takes place.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Religion & Society
  • God, Sex and Contemporary Britain
  • Contemporary Spirituality
  • Reason, Faith and Logos
  • Conceptually-based Research
  • Dissertation
  • Religion & Global Dialogue
  • Contemporary Islam
  • The Abrahamic Faiths
  • Specialist Project
  • The Religion of Asia
  • Interfaith Dialogue & Contemporary Society

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part-time: Two or three years

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    91

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A recognised British honours degree to a good standard or its equivalent..
  • Non-native speakers of English need to demonstrate a level of English

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part-time: £3,345 per year for first 2 years (UK/EU)

Living costs for Preston

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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