Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer
Menu Search the University of Manchester siteSearch
Search type

Alternatively, use our A–Z index

Inside of a religious building
MA Religions and Theology
Develop religious and theological literacy and awareness with this wide-ranging, multi-option master's degree.

MA Religions and Theology / Overview

Year of entry: 2016

Degree awarded
12 months full time; 24 months part-time
Entry requirements
Applicants should hold a good, Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, normally in a relevant subject.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

For references, please email the following link to your referees:

Referee Report Form

They will submit your references directly to us and we will add them to your application.

Please use the Online Application Form  to apply. Once you register, you can search for the course to which you wish to apply and upload the required supporting documents towards the end of this process.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course description

MA study at Manchester goes beyond the assessed course units. Throughout your study, you will be expected to attend both special skills workshops (on subjects such as writing dissertations and journal articles) and research seminars. There is a regular research seminar on religions and theology. There are also more specialised regular seminars in biblical studies and in Jewish studies. Periodic seminars and conferences are held on religion and politics, South Asian studies, and theology and society.

Our MA students are a wonderfully diverse group. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and many are returning to study after a period in full-time work, so the range of ages is wide as well. Perhaps more importantly, they come to Manchester from all over the world. The international and multicultural student body is one of the elements that make Manchester the special place it is. We recognise the diverse needs and interests of our students and make flexibility a watchword in both the selection and running of courses. Whatever your interests and circumstances, we aim to help you pursue your goals.

Focus: Biblical Studies

The research focus in Biblical Studies aims to provide you with the opportunity to further your study of the Bible through reading a range of biblical texts in their original languages and through analysing primary sources critically. Attention is also given to closely related texts, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and Gnostic literature. Initial study of Biblical and related languages is also available.

Focus: Jewish Studies

The research focus in Jewish Studies draws on the expertise of leading scholars in the fields of Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, Jewish history, Holocaust Studies, Israel Studies, Jewish philosophy, Jewish literature, Hebrew language, Bible and Second Tempe Judaism, and Rabbinic literature. You can specialise in Judaism in the modern, medieval or ancient worlds.

Focus: Religion and Politics

The research focus in Religion and Politics aims to furnish you with a critical understanding of key concepts and themes in the field of religion and political cultures. You will acquire knowledge of the historical and continuing involvement of religion in various forms of political culture, and the ability to analyse critically religious traditions, or aspects thereof, from the standpoint of their involvement with political culture. The course will also provide the necessary historical, conceptual and methodological foundations for further research in the Humanities. In this degree, you are encouraged to undertake independent research in order to:

  • Understand the history of contemporary issues in religion and politics
  • Examine the political aspects of various religious traditions
  • Gain awareness of potential conflict and cooperation between religions and political cultures

Focus: South Asian Studies

South Asia is an important geo-political region in today's world. It includes India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. Transnational South Asian communities span the UK, North America, East Africa and many other locations, as well as the sub-continent itself. It will give you the opportunity to ask questions that matter, such as:

  • How have people understood themselves and 'others' in relation to South Asia?
  • How has the discourse of religion been in involved in the development of South Asian identities?
  • Why does religion often lead to conflict?
  • What issues are raised by living in a postcolonial, diasporic world?

Focus: Applied Theology

The research focus in Applied Theology provides you with an opportunity to explore the engagement of theology with a range of social, political and ecological issues. This approach, variously called applied theology, contextual theology or practical theology, enables the student to explore in critical and constructive ways the difference that theology makes in the interpretation of contemporary issues and challenges. Critical questions include:

  • What is the secular, and how persuasive are theological critiques of the secular?
  • How does applied theology help in exploring the common good?
  • What issues for theological thinking are raised by living in the city?
  • Does theology have a public role and, if yes, what is that role?

New! Flexible part time route available. Key courses of the MA will be offered as after-school units to make study and employment possible.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £7,700
    International students (per annum): £15,500
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,850

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


Each year, the School offers a number of bursaries set at Home/EU fees level, open to both Home/EU and international students. Details of the funding process can be found on the    School's funding page  where you can also check details of subject specific bursaries.

The Faculty of Humanities Loyalty Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course for September 2016 entry.

See also   the University's postgraduate funding database   for more funding opportunities, including the latest information on the new Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
PG Taught Admissions
+44 (0)161 275 0322
+44 (0)161 275 3098
Academic department overview

See: About us

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.