Religion and Culture MRes

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The MRes degree is a research programme with some provision for taught modules. It offers a framework within which you can develop knowledge and skills in the social, cultural and theological study of religion and lived faith in contemporary society. Depending on your individual interests, studies can include formal religions, alternative/’New Age’ spiritualities, or alternative sources of meaning that are not conventionally thought of as ‘religious’. You can also study religion in different regional contexts, looking at anthropological, sociological, historical and cultural issues.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Combined research and taught

Study Options: Distance learning, full time

Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Start date: September 2014


The Religion and Culture MRes is a research degree that includes taught components from the corresponding MA programme where applicable; it may be followed as an end in itself, but also provides an excellent foundation for subsequent doctoral research.

The programme comprises four components; a compulsory Research Methodology module, two optional modules, and a 20,000-word thesis on a topic of your choice.

Core modules

  • Research Methods

Optional modules

  • Contemporary Theology and the Holy Spirit
  • Evangelical and Pentecostal Hermeneutics 
  • History and Theology of Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism
  • Pentecostal/Charismatic Theology in Context
  • Political Islam
  • The Electronic Book
  • Greek Palaeography and Codicology
  • NT Textual Criticism
  • History Christian Muslim Relations
  • Islam in Diaspora
  • Classic Problems in the Philosophy of Religion
  • Sikh Perspectives Interreligious Relations
  • Religion in Contemporary Global Politics
  • Contemporary Sikh Studies
  • Problems of Religious Diversity
  • Islamic Philosophy
  • Religion and Peacebuilding
  • Que(e)rying Theology and Biblical Studies
  • Feminism in Islam
  • Contemporary Sufi Movements
  • Dead Sea Scrolls (subject to approval)
  • The Bible and sacred Space (subject to approval)

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are currently as follows:

  • Home / EU £3,996 full-time; £1,998 part-time
  • Overseas: £12,565 full-time; £6,282.50 part-time

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Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

University of Birmingham graduates - including those due to graduate in summer 2014 - may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline is required for entry

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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

As well as the taught modules you take on this programme, the department has a busy programme of research seminars, conferences and workshops which you can attend, so you’ll be able to gain insight from a range of academics and peers from across the department.

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Our Theology graduates develop a range of skills including, critical and analytical ability, and the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines, which be used in a variety of occupations. A snapshot of graduate destinations over a five-year period has identified a variety of career paths, from careers in churches of various denominations to working as teachers in schools.