MA, PgDip, PgCert Religion in Society

MA, PgDip, PgCert Religion in Society

This is a varied and exciting programme taught by experienced, research-active academics. You will develop your research and critical thinking skills, whether you are motivated by an ambition to pursue employment or further academic study in the field, or by professional development and personal interest.

This programme is supported by the Centre for Religion in Society – established in 2008 at York St John University for practitioners and professionals from across the humanities and social sciences to consider the role of religion in our cultural, social and political life. This unique, interdisciplinary resource will enrich your learning experience and enhance your religious literacy, your understanding of varieties of spirituality and your awareness of religion as it intersects with current and critical issues in the public sphere locally and globally.

Our course is enhanced by a wide range of speakers, including journalists, political activists and religious practitioners, invited to speak at Ebor Lecture Series. You will have the opportunity to explore the interrelation of secular and religious communities in relation to social justice and the complex issues of gender and sexuality, spirituality and mental health.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Centre, the Ebor Lecture Series and the staff in the department enable us to offer this exciting, cutting-edge programme; researching, exploring and debating the pressing and fraught theoretical and practical matters that impact on communities today.

Entry Requirements


Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree. This can be in any subject but priority will be given to those with a degree in humanities or Theology and religion. 

If you have a 2:2 undergraduate degree and knowledge of Theology and/or Religious Studies you may be accepted on to the course following an interview.

If you have a 2:2 undergraduate degree in an unrelated subject but have studied theology or religious studies at certificate or diploma level you may be accepted on to the course following an interview.

International Students

International students will need to demonstrate that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home students (ie the same entry criteria as above).

If their first language is not English they must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

We are happy to arrange interviews via skype for international students.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Course Details

The Changing Face of Religion in Society
Conceptions of the Good Life
Religion, Gender and Sexuality
Spirituality and Public Life
Religion, Media and Popular Culture
Religion and Peacebuilding
Religion in the Public Sphere
Independent Study

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