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Masters Excellence Scholarshipsup to £500,000 in tuition fee discounts available

Religious Studies: Myth, Narrative and Theory (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

The MA in Religious Studies: Myth, Narrative and Theory Pathway gives students opportunities to study a wide range of myths in textual, visual, cinematic, and oral forms. The degree also develops analytical skills in numerous disciplines, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, history and literary studies.

Special Features

Course Description

The course is delivered via a range of core and subject-specific optional modules, with an emphasis placed on flexibility and student choice.

Optional modules include:

Students have opportunities to choose from a range of topics within each module, for further focus and study. They may, for example, wish to focus on ‘myths of masculinity’, ‘performance, mythology, and the politics of the family’, ‘myth in Greece and Rome’, ‘myth, sexuality and gender’, ‘Myth and mysticism’, ‘Gnostic myth’ or ‘African myths in Africa and diaspora traditions’.

Course Structure

Students taking the MA in Religious Studies: Myth, Narrative and Theory 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

Students who successfully complete the MA in Religious Studies: Myth, Narrative and Theory Pathway will be able to demonstrate self-direction and originality in planning and implementing research at a professional level. This is in addition to an ability to communicate ideas and arguments effectively, in speech or in writing, in an accurate, succinct and lucid manner. By the end of the programme, it is expected that students will be able to formulate and justify arguments and conclusions about a range of issues, and participate in postgraduate-level scholarly discourse. The Pathway also offers a distinctive opportunity to develop and propose independent research projects, and articulate achievements and progress with clarity and accuracy.

Career Prospects

Students are prepared for further postgraduate study at PhD level, but the course offers many transferable skills that are recognized and would be useful for careers in teaching, media, NGOs and charitable organisations, and government posts.

Entry Requirements

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

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.


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.

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scheme

This course is included in the Masters Excellence Scholarship 2015 (Pathway to PhD) scheme. If you are looking at applying for a Masters degree with the intention of going on to study at PhD level then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application will ask you to consider your research area and future sources of funding.  It is recognised, however, that in making this application there is not a commitment to undertake further study, or to undertake further studies at Cardiff University.  Similarly, in making an award, Cardiff University is not committing to making an offer for further study or for a further award.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
  • UK & EU Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
  • International Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
  • International Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr L. Child  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 74039 



School Website:

More information

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