Heythrop College, University of London

Course Introduction

This course explores the dynamics of the constant interplay between philosophical and theological issues, and the consequences which flow from this for practical living. It incorporates reflection on religion from both philosophical and theological perspectives and addresses questions such as religious fulfilment and ethical motivation as raised in the classical Christian tradition and in modern analysis. This MA aims to be of interest to a wide range of students; for example those engaged in the study and practice of religion, those interested in making an informed contribution to contemporary religious, social and ethical debate; and those whose professional life involves philosophical and ethical questions. As a Master's qualification which applies critical thinking skills to some universally important themes, the degree may contribute to career progression in varied areas, including teaching, media, public services and the voluntary sector.

Course Modules

Modules include: Reason and religion; understanding religion in the age of modernity. Options include: foundations of ethics; bioethics and sexual ethics; selected themes in European philosophy; the franciscan spiritual tradition (faith, reason and spirituality); contemporary Judaism; unity and diversity in contemporary Islamic thought; dissertation.

Course Additional Entry

An Honours degree, (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent, in an appropriate subject; for applicants whose 1st language is not English, the College requires: IELTS score of at least 6.5, with no less than 6.5 in each of listening, speaking, reading and writing; TOEFL internet based test score of 92 with no less than 23 in each of listening, speaking, reading and writing; Pearson Test of English Academic score of 60 overall with no less than 55 in any component.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £11,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £4,500  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,725  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £2,350  Academic year. First year home fees