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MALeadership, Religion and Society

Tuition fee £16,000 per year
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This MA course is aimed at existing leaders who want to get the most out of their roles by reflecting on leadership in terms of religious literacy and understanding.

Throughout the course you’ll explore contemporary areas of religious debate and research. Your learning will have a direct impact on your professional practice.

The course will be useful to a wide range of professional groups, including those working in law and criminal justice, and health and social care, as well as government employees (working at national and local levels), educational professionals, and corporate and professional organisations involved in community projects. It will also appeal to people who deal with the public in their everyday professional activities.

Key areas the course covers include:
- The historical relationship between religion, leadership and power
- Issues related to diversity, equality and plurality
- The boundaries between public and private
- The responsibilities of religious freedom, gender, identity and democracy and participation

Programme structure

Core modules

Leadership and Religion in Society: Past, Present and Future
Interdisciplinary Imaginations of Religion, Belief and Leadership
Contemporary Challenges of Religion in Professions and Practice
Sacred Texts and Sources for Religious Literacy
Reflective Practice Dissertation

Optional modules

You can choose modules to fit within your professional or personal commitments. You need to do all taught elements before starting the dissertation.


Each taught module includes the following elements:
Two residential study schools, which will consist of 40 hours of lectures, seminars and tutorials. These take place twice each calendar year
Conference tutorial time
Individual tutorial time
Online group learning environment
Action research
Independent study
You’re encouraged to take one or two modules each semester, or to approach the course on a module-by-module basis.

Each taught module can be taken independently from other elements.


Essays (2–3000 words)
Business plans
Critical reviews
Propositional debates
Online learning debates
12,000-word reflective practice dissertation

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States