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.
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.
- The Myth, Narrative and Theory Pathway provides an introduction to postgraduate research and study skills with an emphasis on theory and method in the study of religion. Students have opportunities to draw on a wide range of approaches to the study of religion, including psychological and social theory, gender and critical studies, history, anthropology, and philosophy. A unique feature of the pathway is the opportunity to examine a variety of cultural products including texts, oral mythology, and film.
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:
- Myth, Religion and Culture
- Myth and Ritual
- Religion and Myth in Contemporary Cinema
- Myth and Narrative
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’.
Students taking the MA in Religious Studies: Myth, Narrative and Theory Pathway will complete modules comprising a total of 180 credits, including:
- 40 credits worth of ‘core’ study skills: a 20-credit module that offers generic postgraduate research and study skills training in the Humanities, and a further 20-credit module that offers subject-specific training in the field of Myth, Narrative and Theory.
- 80 credits from a range of 20-credit thematic module options.
- 60 credit dissertation module, on a topic agreed between the student and tutor/s.
Please see the Religious Studies website for more course and module information.
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.
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.
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
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, please see the funding information page.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Louise Child
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 74039