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  • Objectives
    The course will give you the opportunity to: explore and understand the interaction between philosophy and theology acquire the skills to engage in philosophical reflection within or upon religious traditions acquire the skills required for study at research degree level (MPhil or PhD)
  • Entry requirements
    It is very suitable for RE teachers and Christian (or other) religious ministers who would like to upgrade or update their undergraduate studies. It is also an ideal degree if you wish to pursue a one-year MA as preparation for a research degree (either MPhil or PhD), as suggested by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
  • Academic Title
    MA Philosophical Theology
  • Course description
    Philosophical Theology (MA)
    Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 to 4 years part-time

    Course Content

    You will take a core compulsory module in Research Methods and Resources in order to develop the skills necessary when undertaking a major piece of independent research. In addition, you will choose two modules in topics such as:

    Continental Philosophy of Religion
    Aesthetics, Philosophy and Religion
    20th Century Theology: Barth, Rahner and Balthasar
    Hermeneutical Theory: an Interdisciplinary Approach
    Theology and Postmodernism
    Phenomenology and the Turn to Religion
    You will also choose one further module from an approved list within the department, or from another department within the University. With the permission of the Course Co-ordinator, you may even take 30 credits of undergraduate modules instead of this additional MA module.

    Please note that all module details are subject to change.

    Course Structure

    This course can be taken on a full-time basis over one year (September to September) or part-time over two years.

    You will be required to take 120 credits of taught modules (including one compulsory module), as well as undertaking a 60-credit dissertation on the subject of your choice.

    Modules are typically assessed through a written piece of coursework

    Key facts
    The Department of Theology and Religious Studies has a long and distinguished history.
    It was awarded the highest national research rating of 5*A in the latest Research Assessment Exercise – this grade reflects the high quality of publications which the staff have produced.
    You will be part of a thriving postgraduate community that welcomes students from all over the world

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