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Interfaith Studies (MA)



The MA Interfaith Studies offers an opportunity found almost nowhere else – to study not only the internal nature of religious faiths and beliefs but also their interaction and relations with one another.

It is this interaction that has increasingly come to colour our contemporary world, with the increasing pluralisation of society forming an underlying trend to so many social, political, and philosophical dynamics that occupy our societies.

The MA Interfaith Studies offers a chance for in-depth study of the relationships between faiths and religion in our contemporary world and how these are impacted by historical, philosophical, theological, and social trends. It offers a balance between a detailed study of faiths themselves and a broader study of the social aspect of religious belief.


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Contact Email: a.slater@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Dr Angus M Slater

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home: £7,500
Overseas (distance/online): £10,000
Fees are for the whole course.

Why choose this course?

  1. Unique opportunity to study both faiths and their interactions
  2. Learn more about the motivating factors behind religious co-habitation and violence in our contemporary world
  3. Explore different forms of religious tradition throughout the course 
  4. Study with expert scholars in religion and theology who are research active in the field 
  5. Combine multiple forms of methodology yo more fully understand relevant political, social, and cultural issues.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Students undertake four taught modules during their first year (full-time) or two years (part-time) of study before progressing to Part II and the writing of their dissertation.

The MA Interfaith studies grounds your learning across a number of different theoretical and practical areas, including the theory of interfaith studies and inter-religious relation, specific geographical contexts, and historical themes and perspectives.

This is accomplished through a blend of teaching assessments, including a final dissertation focused on a subject of your choice.

Module Topics

Methods and Approaches to Interfaith Study:
This module aims to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue interfaith studies at the postgraduate level. The module covers the historical, social, and theological importance of interfaith studies and introduces you to a number of methods of study.

Interfaith Encounters:
This module adopts a thematic approach to studying interfaith matters, by bringing together a host of different snapshots of how religions have interacted in history and in our contemporary world. You will be introduced to ongoing research in a variety of fields and from a number of prominent scholars, all helping to widen your interfaith horizons.

Christian-Muslim Relations:
This module delves deeper into the interaction between two religious faiths, Christianity and Islam, which have a long and complicated joint history. The module will examine the early relationship of the two, theological points of similarity and difference, and contemporary interactions.

Jewish-Christian Relations:
This module brings together the religious traditions of Judaism and Christianity and examines their similarities and differences. In addition, the module explores the history and contemporary form of antisemitism, as well as the scriptural and theological justifications given for it.

Chinese Religions at the Grassroots:
This module seeks to examine critically the role of Chinese religions and spirituality at the grassroots level of contemporary and historical China. The module also examines the way in which methods and approaches to religious study in China differ from those more commonly adopted.

Assessment

The MA Interfaith studies grounds your learning across a number of different theoretical and practical areas, including the theory of interfaith studies and inter-religious relation, specific geographical contexts, and historical themes and perspectives. This is accomplished through a blend of teaching assessments, including a final dissertation focused on a subject of your choice.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

An honours degree (2:1 or above) in a cognate discipline or an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience.

Career Opportunities

The programme will help students to develop skills that are valuable to a wide range of employers, such as the ability to: analyse complex information in a critical manner; present clear and coherent arguments; present complex information in a clear manner.

More particularly, the programme will attract students who are looking to take up future employment opportunities or are already in employment, in areas or sectors where an understanding of interfaith issues will be of benefit.

This may include voluntary workers, teachers and trainers, academics, community and government-based agencies and projects, intercultural, multi-faith networks dedicated to building community relations, reconciliation and reconstruction schemes with various global agencies and disaster relief bodies.

It will also appeal to students who are looking towards a religious and/or devotional service, a life of public service, and various voluntary-based projects.

Additional Costs

Distance learners should have good internet access and the use of computer facilities.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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 our Bursaries and Scholarships section.