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Religious Experience (MRes)

Religious Experience (MRes) is an exciting new study, appropriate for all those seeking to further their knowledge in the multidisciplinary academic fields associated with the study of religious experience.

It consists of 60 credits of taught modules and a Dissertation of 120 credits amounting to up to 30,000 words in total.


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Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Overseas (distance/online): £10,400
Fees are for the whole course.

Why choose this course?

  1. The programme is based upon an established pool of expertise in the anthropology of religion and related areas in the Faculty.
  2. The staff expertise represents a considerable bank of knowledge and skills that will underpin this programme and will ensure the student experiences a high-quality educational experience.
  3. Students will benefit from the vibrant research culture of the Faculty and in particular the Religious Experience Research Centre.
  4. Students will benefit from the unique opportunity to work with the Alister Hardy archive housed in the research centre. 

What you will learn

Course Overview

The programme has a unique focus on the anthropology of religion, encouraging students to explore in-depth a range of topics relating to religious experience in contemporary and historical, theoretical and methodological perspectives. The study of religious experience is a long-standing area of research at the university, and our academic team have contributed to the field through publications, specialist research, and participation in international conferences. 

The programme is linked to the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre located on the Lampeter campus. It enables further co-operation, and collaboration, with the Alister Hardy Society for the Study of Spiritual Experience. Students will be encouraged to make use of the Alister Hardy Archive with its unique collection of personal accounts of religious experience. The database is available via an online access gate on the website of the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre, where the Alister Hardy Archive of recorded religious experiences is held.

The programme is delivered as a full-time and part-time programme of study as distance learning.  All module content is available through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and students will be supported throughout their studies through regular access to their module tutors, either one to one (by email, skype, phone), in groups (using media such as Skype), or via VLE module discussion forums.

All students will be supported through their studies particularly during the Research phase of their programme which amounts to 120 credits overall. An annual graduate summer school is held for research students where students are able to experience lectures and seminars covering both issues related to generic learning and subject-specific information and to engage with a number of our research students.

Module Topics

Theory and Methodology in Study of Religions (30 credits; compulsory)

This module enhances familiarity with various concepts and methods, sharpening skills of data collection, management and critical appraisal of the material. It enables students to engage the debates on approaches to study. This module also introduces students to different disciplinary approaches to the study of religion, ranging from anthropology and sociology to psychology and history. 

Religious Experience Today (30 credits; compulsory)

This module examines studying religious experience from different perspectives and engages different theoretical approaches to religious experience as a distinct dimension of religion. Students will develop skills in engaging analytically and critically with accounts of religious experience. 

Dissertation (120 credits; compulsory)

A 25,000 to 30,000 word dissertation.


A range of assessment methods are used from essays and short written evaluation, and reflective pieces. The Dissertation is between 25,000 and 30,000 words.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

Normally the entry requirement for this programme is a first-class or upper second class undergraduate degree. In addition, the Faculty encourages students with an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience to apply.

A non-graduate may also be admitted to candidature provided that she/he has gained a minimum of three years professional experience relevant and appropriate to the programme and they can demonstrate a satisfactory level of writing /analytical skills.

Career Opportunities

The programme has been designed to attract students interested in developing both their generic as well as their subject-specific skills. It offers opportunities for students who have recently graduated to move on to work at level 7 in their specialist field of study and help prepare them for careers in education and other areas as well as research.

The programme also offers excellent continuing professional development for teachers at various stages of their career, ministers currently in pastoral charge seeking further professional development and other interested parties. In addition, the programme will be attractive to students who wish to study out of personal interest or faith commitment. 

Additional Costs

Estimates are on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work. Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

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.

Further Information

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions related to the University or to this course in particular.