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Religious Studies: Asian Religions (MA)

1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

This is one of four distinct pathway on the MA Religious Studies course.

Course Aims

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The study of Asian religions at Cardiff University provides a unique opportunity for students to acquire expertise in South Asian and/or Chinese religious literature and culture. The degree programme offers a firm grounding in the classical Indian language of Sanskrit for those interested in this option, and the opportunity to work with some of the leading scholars in the field. Particular strengths include study of the Mahabharata (Cardiff has the largest single concentration of Mahabharata scholars in the UK), the history of Chinese Buddhism, Sanskrit Drama in Performance, and the study of the ancient Indian religious tradition of Jainism.

Special Features

Course Description

Part 1 consists of a generic postgraduate skills module, a core Religious Studies (Asian Religions) skills module, optional Sanskrit study, and optional modules focusing on the history of Asian religions.

Current options include:

Assessment is via written assignments of approximately up to 4,000 words, and language exams for those who have specialised in language study.

Part 2 consists of a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a topic of the student’s choice.

Course Structure

Students taking the MA in Religious Studies: Asian Religions Pathway will complete modules comprising a total of 180 credits, including:

Please see the Religious Studies website for more course and module information.

Skills Acquired

On completion of this programme students will have acquired high level cultural and conceptual skills that will enable them to pursue further research and/or teaching using a variety of sources, including Sanskrit religious literature. Specific skills include:

Career Prospects

A role in higher education, religious education teaching, or a range of allied professions.

Student Testimonials

"Undertaking the MA in Religious Studies (Asian Religions) at Cardiff University was a truly rewarding and fulfilling experience. I was able to learn there from renowned scholars in the field, who were at the same time so encouraging and supportive. Every tutor was always very willing to exchange knowledge and ideas and this was one of the most gratifying things about the course, one that has inspired me to continue my studies further. Up to this day I still find support and encouragement from the people in the Religious Studies Department."

Paloma Muñoz, Religious Studies student 2009-2010

“I don't think that I have developed so much in a single year as I have on this course, and am certain that it has put me in good stead for the future.”

Craig McEwan, Religious Studies Student 2011-12

Entry Requirements

1st or upper 2nd class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject. The course is suitable for graduates in Religious Studies as well as a wide variety of Humanities and Social Sciences subjects.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

How to Apply

Applications can be made for this course via our Online Application Service selecting the MA Religious Studies (Religious Studies) option from the list of courses. Applicants should use the Personal Statement section of the form to outline their area of interest and, if possible, the topic that they hope to research for their dissertation.

Funding

For more information on funding available for Masters students in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion please see the school's funding information page.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £5,730.00
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £2,865.00
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £13,500.00
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £6,750.00

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Will Johnson  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6698 

Fax:  

Email: JohnsonWJ@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/share/aboutus/religion/index.html

More information

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

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