MArts (Hons) Religious Studies

Master of Religious Studies Integrated Master

This four-year degree means that you will graduate with a Master’s level qualification, while having received four years of undergraduate funding. This Integrated Master’s programme focuses very much on independent research, offering expanded opportunities for students to pursue their own personal interests through an independent project in the second year of study, an extended independent project in the third year, and culminating in a Master’s level dissertation in the fourth and final year.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 9F4R
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
4 years, full time

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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Master of Religious Studies enables students to become familiar with the specifics of religious traditions and to make comparisons between the beliefs and practices of different religions, particularly in the context of a world coming to terms with its cultural and religious diversity. Students are given the opportunity to explore the theoretical study of religion using the techniques of anthropology, phenomenology, psychology, sociology, theology and empirical study.

The programme will stimulate curiosity about, and fascination for, the variety of religious cultures across the globe and to open up a greater awareness of plurality within religious traditions and within societies at large. This gives students a real insight into the human condition and the multiplicity of religious beliefs and practices in the world. Students will have the opportunity to visit places of worship and other sites of significance for the study of religion, as well as acquiring practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures and religions.

The Integrated Master’s degree offers a range of modules for students to choose from.

Modules in the first year introduce the theoretical frameworks and the historical and contemporary significance of religion. In the second year, the modules enable students to begin to develop a degree of specialism. More in-depth and analytical study is provided in the third year and, in the fourth and final year, students gain further opportunities to participate in guided study of the particular areas of interest to them.

Typical modules can include:

  • Introduction to Judaism and Christianity
  • Asian Religious Traditions
  • Religion in Film
  • Islam in the West
  • International Study Tour
  • A leading provider of quality education in the study of religions.
  • A multi-denominational and interreligious staff
  • Annual field trips to religious sites
  • International educational visits and student exchanges
  • Long tradition of teaching Religious Studies
  • A leader in Wales of resources relating to Religious Studies
  • Academic staff are renowned within their research fields
  • Up-to-date teaching methods and facilities
  • The School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies has been recognized for its innovative programmes and its excellent use of e-resources.

The School uses a wide range of assessment methods so that students develop a variety of skills that will stand them in good stead in the professional world. In addition to traditional essay assessments, the School uses portfolios, book reviews, textual analyses, individual and group presentations as well as examinations. For instance, on the School’s popular study tours to religious sites, students are able to submit a learning journal of their experiences. Other modules require students to work together in groups, make presentations and creatively explore the interface between religion and the contemporary world.

To challenge the students beyond undergraduate level, students will pursue their own personal interests through an independent project in the second year of study, an extended independent project in the third year of study, and culminate in a Master’s dissertation in the fourth and final year.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Master of Religious Studies is a highly desirable qualification in terms of engaging in a multi-cultural, multi-faith society. It is a sought after degree by employers who want staff to engage with a diverse cultural environment. Consequently, many of our students find employment and build careers in social services, counselling, nursing, policing, fire and rescue services. A number of students move onto a PGCE in primary or secondary Religious Education. Other students seek to add to their MRel by pursuing postgraduate research studies that involve an aspect of religion from the world’s great traditions.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is widely recognized for mobilizing its students for the world of work. An active programme of employment-related activities is offered by Student Services; the School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies regularly builds bridges for its students to employment-related activities endorsed by the University.

Each year the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is at or near the top of universities in Great Britain for the highest percentage of graduated students in work or seeking higher qualification.

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page

There is an optional fieldtrip connected to a module for second and third year students to visit religious sites first hand. The Faculty subsidises this trip but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. The Faculty aims to keep the cost in the range £400-£700. 

Our students enjoy the use of an excellent suite of subject-specific resources, both electronic and hard-copy at the Learning Resources Centre. All our modules are taught with the support of innovative e-learning techniques via our Virtual Learning Environment. The School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies makes great use of its VLE: we podcast and/or vidcast lectures, post PowerPoints and hand-outs and utilise the space for links, discussions and group work. Our VLE is a live forum through which students and staff can interact, through which students are able better to revise and explore difficult topics, and through which students are better able to access the electronic resources available in the virtual world.

All our modules are taught by specialists and active researchers. The influence of our research on our teaching offers students the opportunity to learn from the best in the subject and follow the latest scholarly trends and discoveries, whilst our independent study modules allow you to explore your passion in its entirety. There are also opportunities available for study abroad.