Heythrop College, University of London

Course Introduction

The programme is distinguished by its focus on the contemporary religious thought of the three Abrahamic Religions especially their theological responses to the challenge of modernity and their engagement with each other; it examines the theoretical encounter with modernity and the various issues; political, philosophical and theological; which arise for these religions as a result of such an encounter; among the issues that will be examined are: philosophical and theological discourses, contemporary interpretation of scripture and scriptural reasoning, morality and law, contemporary spirituality, politics and secularisation, gender relations, fundamentalism, interfaith engagement & related documents such as Nostra Aetate and Common word and religious pluralism; thus, the programme will enable the participants to acquire a solid academic background in the contemporary trends within the three religions and will prepare them to engage in inter'faith dialogue; furthermore, the degree will be taught by members of the three faiths, thus giving an insider account of each faith; academic rigour will be central but this degree will also foster a sense of empathy and understanding of the traditions and the extent to which closer dialogue between them is possible.

Course Modules

Modules include: Religion and the religions in the modern world; unity and diversity in contemporary islamic thought; contemporary christian thought; contemporary judaism.

Course Additional Entry

An Honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) in Religious Studies or any related subject. Students with degrees in non'related subject have to demonstrate reasonable knowledge of one Abrahamic religion or more. 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