The Sikh Studies MRes is a research degree that includes taught components; 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.
It aims to develop your critical reasoning skills to enable you to objectively analyse Sikh writings as well as writings about Sikhism by both Sikh and non-Sikh scholars.
Finally, throughout the programme there will be some emphasis on comparative study and its importance for the study of inter-religious dialogue and relations. The studies will be largely contemporary and will also make reference to wider ‘generic’ issues (eg, matters of Asian religious practices, world views and cultural aspects).
Contemporary Issues in Sikhism
Sikh Perspectives on Interreligious Relations
Feminism in Islam
Hinduism, Colonialism, Nationalism
History of Christian Muslim Relations
Islam in Diaspora
Problems of Philosophical Religion
Religion and Peacebuilding
Religion in Contemporary Global Politics
Why study this course
The University of Birmingham is an excellent centre for the study of religion and culture. It has built up good relationships and partnerships with Birmingham's many different communities, and such a rich cultural mix means that it provides an ideal setting to study the relations between Religion and Culture. The city is recognised as one of the most multicultural cities in Europe, with representation from most religious traditions.
Students of Sikh Studies come from a wide variety of backgrounds and often express very different opinions. Thus, there is no stereotypical student of Sikh Studies and all viewpoints are freely discussed in a friendly atmosphere.
Fees and funding
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2015/16 are currently as follows:
Home / EU £4,090 full-time; £2,045 part-time
Overseas: £13,195 full-time; £6,597.50 part-time
For part-time students, the above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in subsequent years of your programme.
Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments.
Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students
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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 may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.
Normally a 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline is required for entry
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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:
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