12 months
25300 GBP/year
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This Religion and Literature programme from The University of Edinburgh draws on the strengths of one of the most distinguished centres of religious and theological studies in the country. It offers deep and broad study of the relationship between all genres of literature and religious traditions, history, thought and practice.

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The Religion and Literature programme at the The University of Edinburgh  will equip you to engage in this growing field from a variety of starting points and to understand the interaction between literature and religion from a range of wider contexts, including those of theology and the textual, historical and social scientific study of religions.

In the programme’s core course, you will cover the history of the field as well as current issues in both areas of study and in their interaction. Optional courses from which you may choose (although not all may be available each year) include courses on Scottish Literature, Imagination and Faith; Science and Religion in Literature; Islamic Literature; Peacebuilding, Theology and the Arts; and Lives of the Buddha in Indian Art and Literature.

With the agreement of the Programme Director, you may select a course from the School of Divinity's level 10 courses and/or other taught masters programmes, including those in English Literature, where available.

You will have the opportunity to research and write a substantial dissertation, with the support of an academic supervisor, which will reflect your own interests and expertise.

The programme is aimed at students and professionals with an academic background in Literary Studies, Religious Studies or Theology who are keen to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of both disciplines in dialogue.

The programme offers you the opportunity to study and collaborate with established academics, with a view to tailoring a personalized path to doctoral study or to other relevant careers.

Career opportunities

Possible fields for employment after completion of this programme include:

  • Academia
  • Teaching
  • Academic Publishing
  • Religious Leadership
  • Creative Arts

Programme Structure

Compulsory courses:

  • Literature and Religion: Exploring Connections
  • Approaches to Research in Divinity and Religious Studies
  • Approaches to Research: Religion and Literature

Option courses:

You will choose up to four options from among the courses specific to the programme, such as:

  • Scottish Religion, Imagination and Faith
  • Peace-building, Theology and the Arts
  • Literary Classics of the Islamic World
  • Lives of the Buddha in Indian Art and Literature
  • Science and Religion in Literature
  • Understanding the Hindu Epics: Mahabharata and Ramayana
  • Issues of Religion and Ethics in Modern Literature

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

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180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with a mark of at least 65%, in a relevant humanities subject such as theology, religious studies, or English Literature.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • Home fees have still to be agreed

Part-time fees: 

  • International/EU - £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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