MA Course

Philosophy and Religious Thought 
Distance Learning MA
The course's primary focus is on the way in which religious traditions represent strands of
philosophical thought and its development. A major concern is the interplay between secular philosophy and religious reflection and analysis. The balance of provision will enable you to develop your philosophical skills and understanding. A foundational feature of the course will be its engagement with you via the use of primary texts and a focus on developing you as a sophisticated reader and writer. This is partnered with an ongoing endeavour of promoting philosophy as transformational, as practical and as a living tradition of engagement with the wider world. The latter pertains not only to the specific 'Philosophy and Wisdom as Practice' module, but also to the underlying ethos to which the teaching team are committed.

This course will be delivered using an innovative blend of digital technologies - students will be able to study at a distance, using a mix of video interviews, online forums, digitised texts and interactive tutorials. Rather than run with a 'summer school' approach, the course will offer a Spring-based Graduate Conference, where students will present papers either in person or virtually.

Career Paths

  1.        Teacher - both potential and existing teachers can deepen their knowledge and appreciation of how key ideas within philosophy interact with, and are represented by strands of religious thought
  2.       Academic - the course is an ideal preparation, with its focus on textual engagement, close argument and writing, for moving on to Doctoral study, lecturing, and the academic life
  3.        Everything! The course addresses existential questions of finitude and mortality faced by all humans. The course allows students to explore, in depth, the manner in which humans have responded to their condition

Course Map

Code and Title 
        PR7501 Philosophy & Religious Tradition
        PR7502 Research Methods
        Sem 1
        PR7503 Buddhism and Philosophy                  
        PR7504 Islam and Philosophy                          
        PR7505 Continental Philosophy of Religion
        PR7506 Philosophy & Wisdom as Practice
       PR7555 Dissertation  

Entry requirements
  •      You will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent
  •      International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.


For Fee information see HERE. The current full cost of the MA is listed there, but note that this is a part-time course, the cost would be split over the two years of study.

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