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MA in Philosophy and Religion

This interdisciplinary programme is designed to allow students to undertake sustained and focussed study in the disciplines of philosophy and religion. In addition to core and optional modules in philosophy and religion, a 20,000 word dissertation gives students opportunity to undertake an extended project which focuses upon one or a number of dimensions relating to the interface of philosophy and religion.

Core Modules

  • PPR400: Theory and Method in Postgraduate Studies
  • PPR450: What is Philosophy? Methods, Aims, Debates
  • PPR470: Studying Religion

Elective Modules

Please note that the availability of elective modules varies from year to year. For currently available modules, please check the course handbook.


  • PPR401: Independent Study Module
  • PPR451: Philosophy of Mind and Psychology
  • PPR452: Doing Contemporary Philosophy
  • PPR454: Foundations of Bioethics
  • PPR455: Children and Health
  • PPR456: Paternalism, Autonomy and Consent
  • PPR457: Social and Ethical Issues in Human Genetics
  • PPR458: Public Health and Ethical and Legal Issues
  • PPR459: Ethics and Governance
  • PPR460: Issues in Environmental Philosophy
  • PPR461: Existentialism
  • PPR462: Issues in Philosophy of Science
  • PPR463: Issues in Practical Philosophy

Religious Studies

  • PPR401: Independent Study Module
  • PPR471: Religion, Popular Culture and Cultural Studies
  • PPR472: Spirit Possession in Contemporary Social Contexts
  • PPR473: Nineteenth-Century Religious Thought
  • PPR474: Twentieth-Century Religious Thought
  • PPR475: Construction of Gender in Asian Religions
  • PPR476: Classical Islam
  • PPR477: Religion and Psychoanalytic Thought
  • PPR478: Buddhism: State and Society
  • PPR479: Spirituality: Asian Perspectives
  • PPR480: Secularity/Sacrality
  • PPR481: The Qur'an: Hermeneutics and Gender Politics
  • PPR482: Contemporary Issues in South Asian Religions
  • PPR484: Pilgrimage
  • PPR485: World Christianity: Local Issues and Global Processes
  • PPR486: Interrogating Political and Religious Spaces


Funding Opportunities

MA Bursaries of £1000 each now available for 2015 entry.

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