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Religion, Politics and Society

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This Religion, Politics and Society course from University of Leeds focuses on how religious traditions encourage, contest, facilitate, disrupt, or otherwise influence political and social change. You’ll learn about the importance of religions to phenomena such as social movements, revolutions, terrorism, global development, gender, sexuality and race discrimination, migration and diaspora.

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You’ll also critically interrogate the concept of ‘religion’ in the context of different theories of politics, policy and social change, engaging with hotly debated and contested topics such secularisation and ‘post-secularism’, religious identity and representation, religion and the public sphere.

The Religion, Politics and Society course from  University of Leeds draws on expertise across the School including theological, philosophical, sociological and anthropological approaches to the topic. You’ll have the option of designating a specialised pathway in one of two areas – ‘development’ or ‘gender’ – and also of taking the external placement module, The Civic Researcher: Engaging the Modern City.

Career opportunities

We support you to gain the skills and confidence you need to succeed in your career.

A greater understanding of contemporary religion in relation to politics and society is relevant to an enormous range of careers in the public, private and third sectors. You could also consider study at PhD level.

Our students have gone on to careers with development NGOs, and in human resources and public policy research.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Programme Structure

Courses content:

  • Religion, Politics and Society
  • Theology & Religious Studies: Extended Dissertation
  • Religions and Global Development
  • Democracy and Development
  • Global Inequalities and Development
  • Religion, Gender and Sexuality

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  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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180 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline, such as religious studies, theology, sociology or politics.
  • Relevant professional experience will also be considered/taken into consideration.


If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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