MA Psychology of  Religion
Course length 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Time of classes Evenings
Entry qualifications An honours degree, (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent. While applicants may hold degrees in Psychology, Religious Studies and Theology students with degress in other fields may also apply
Programme Convenor: Prof Rachel Blass
Scholarships: Substantial funding is available to help with fees.
More information: Programme Specification
  Tel: 020 7795 4201

Why choose this course?

This degree offers a specialism not available elsewhere in the psychological study of religion. It involves a critical and reflective investigation of psychological approaches and findings to the understanding of religious beliefs, values and practices. It addresses questions of whether and how psychology can contribute to deeper insight into the nature of religion and more specifically the nature of religious or irreligious states of mind and experience. The implications of such understandings for clinical, educational, and pastoral contexts are also explored.

The programme is relevant to students and investigators in the fields of psychology, philosophy and religious studies as well as teachers of religious education, mental health professionals and pastoral care workers, priests and ministers of religion. The programme takes into account that students will be coming from varied academic backgrounds and welcomes this diversity.

What could I go on to do?

This degree will not equip you for practice in the fields of psychology or psychotherapy if you are not already professionally qualified in the fields.  However, if you are involved in allied professions, including health counselling, and education, it may open new career opportunities within your area.

The degree is a good foundation for further research, at Heythrop or elsewhere.


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