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University of Leeds: Religion

Institution University of Leeds
Department School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
Telephone 0113 343 3263
Study type Taught


Religion continues to shape our world and our understanding of the world. Deepening our knowledge of religious beliefs and practices is essential to tackling some of the greatest ethical and political challenges that we face.

On this course you will explore how religious traditions facilitate, disrupt, or otherwise influence political and social life. You will learn about the relevance of theology, sacred scripture, religious ritual, and faith-based organisations to contemporary issues such as climate change, terrorism, global development, gender, sexuality and race discrimination, migration and diaspora.

You will also critically interrogate the concept of ‘religion’ in the context of different theories of politics, policy and social change, engaging with hotly debated and contested topics such secularisation, religious identity and representation, religion and the public sphere. You will have the option of choosing a specialised pathway in one of three areas – theology, development, or gender.

Our Religion course draws on academic expertise from across the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, including theological, philosophical, sociological and anthropological approaches to the topic. Our academic staff approach religion from a variety of angles, but they share a commitment to studying and teaching religion critically and emphatically as a relevant factor in understanding our contemporary world. We have active links with charitable, activist, community and faith organisations in the city.

As a postgraduate student, you will be able to participate in our Centre for Religion and Public Life, and Centre for Philosophy of Religion. You will be encouraged to join in with our fortnightly seminars and occasional research days, showcasing the work of our very own researchers at Leeds as well as external scholars.

This course can be used for preparing for further research or to develop within any sector where religion or theology is relevant (for example the voluntary, advocacy, NGO, or policy sectors), or simply to further your interest in this fascinating area.

You can study full-time or part-time, and we also offer postgraduate certificate (PGCert) and postgraduate diploma (PGDip) versions of the course.

Master of Arts - MA (PG)

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

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