M.A. Religion and Political Life

The University of Manchester

Tuition fee:
  • € 4,239 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,290 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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At one time there was a radical division between religion and public life, but today there is enormous interest in the role of religion in the public sphere. The relationship between religion and politics is receiving much attention in the social sciences. This programme aims to furnish students with a critical understanding of key concepts and themes in the field of religion and political life. Students will explore various approaches to studying the various relationships between Religion and Political life (theoretical, historical, anthropological, ethnographic, and sociological methods, for example).

Students 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 life. The programme will also provide the necessary foundations for further research in the field of Religion and Political Life.


Module details The subject core course unit is typically Religion and Political Life, which will provide a grounding in five methodological approaches to examining the relationship between religion and politics (historical, philosophical, theological, ethnographic, political). This is complemented by a School-led core course which gives students the opportunity to acquire a variety of research and presentation skills.Optional course units typically include: From Religion to Politics; Gender and Globalisation; Exploring Hindu Nationalism; Christianity, Culture and Society in England c.1750 - 2000. After successful completion of the taught course units you will write a dissertation for which you will usually have one-to-one supervision.


Academic entry qualification overview: A First Class or Upper Second class honours degree is required, or the overseas equivalent.

English language: Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 575 (paper-based) or 233 (computer-based).

Other international entry requirements: We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country.

English Language Requirements

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Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)


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