The Religion, Politics and Society programme from University of Birmingham addresses 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. It explores the theoretical 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. It also examines the public roles of religious communities and individuals and how political topics of secularism, tolerance, governance, intersect with religious groups and tradition.
This masters offers a unique bi-disciplinary approach that has been developed by internationally recognized scholars in the field of religion and politics such as Jocelyne Cesari. Tapping into the interdisciplinary expertise of the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, it operates with a groundbreaking method which mobilizes the scholarship of social sciences and religious studies to offer analysis on major issues such as: political violence, security, democracy, Human Rights and religious freedom.
This degree is ideal for building the theoretical and methodological skills of students of religion interested in interdisciplinary doctoral programs. It is also tailored to current and aspiring policymakers and analysts in international, national and regional governmental and non- governmental organizations engaged in management of conflict, diversity, inter-religious relations and community development.
Why study this course?
- Dr Jocelyne Cesari teaches the Politics of God and Religion in Contemporary Global Politics modules
- Truly interdisciplinary study – this programme allows you to explore a range of issues in religion and politics from different disciplinary perspectives.
- Excellent reputation – Times Higher Education ranked the Department of Theology and Religion second in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise. The University of Birmingham has also been ranked as one of the world's top 50 institutions to study Theology and Religious Studies in the 2021 QS World University Rankings.
- Flexibility – the wide range of modules on offer allows you to both identify and explore your specific interests.
- Small classes – teaching on the Masters-level modules involve mainly small-group seminars allowing you to really get to grips with the learning material.
- Access to a wide range of services – as a postgraduate student you will have access to services such as the Academic Writing Advisory Service and the Bank of Assessed Work which will aid your transition from undergraduate to postgraduate level, or back into academia after a time away.
- Religion in Contemporary Global Politics
- Research Methods in Theology and the Study of Religion
- Globalisation Since 1945
- The Making of the World: Themes in Global History
- Ethics and Global Ethics
- Human Rights
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , National
DisciplinesSociology Religious Studies & Theology Political Science View 151 other Masters in Religious Studies & Theology in United Kingdom
You will need an Honours degree, normally of an upper second class standard.
International21240 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 21240 GBP per year during 12 months.
National9810 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9810 GBP per year during 12 months.
- UK: £4,905 part-time
Living costs for Birmingham
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