This is an innovative and challenging programme, closely linked with the department’s internationally recognised Institute for Religion and Public Life. It is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the growing and contentious role of religion in the public sphere and will be of interest to recent graduates in Theology and Religious Studies as well as other humanities and social science disciplines. The programme also provides an opportunity for public and private sector professionals whose work requires expertise and ‘literacy’ in religious and faith matters to reflect on their practice.
School of Theology and Religious Studies
The department offers a vibrant and challenging environment for postgraduate study and training in Theology and Religious Studies. Its staff are nationally and internationally renowned scholars committed to the idea of studying religion from a variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches. Drawing upon both the humanities and social science, these include: theology, philosophy, textual and historical studies, sociology and anthropology.
A distinctive and coherent research identity is being developed in the Department, especially in the area of religion and public life. Staff are playing a leading role in drawing attention to the part that religion continues to play in apparently secularising societies across the globe.
The department is home to the Institute for Religion and Public Life and the Community Religions Project, two centres for research on religion in contemporary society that are unique in UK higher education.
At the most recent teaching quality assessment in British universities, the Department was also recognised as a centre of excellence in learning and teaching. Leeds is joint sponsor of the Philosophical and Religious Studies Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy, one of 24 Subject Centres covering all university disciplines taught in the UK.
What you study
Two core modules:
-Religion, Society and Public Life
-Religion and Society: Research Processes and Methods.
Then 2 options from a range of modules:
-Theology, politics and ethics
-Religion, theology and development issues
-Theology, philosophy and contemporary culture
-Local church and social responsibility
-Contemporary issues in religion and gender
-Islam and public life in the Middle East
-Religion, politics and society in (post) colonial South Asia
-Religion, diaspora and identity in Britain.
Plus a dissertation on a specialist subject of choice under the guidance of a supervisor.