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Faculty of Divinity

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MPhil Pathway in Religion and Conflict

The aim of the pathway in Religion and Conflict is to offer students the opportunity to pursue advanced study and introductory research into this vibrant and rapidly developing field. The Faculty of Divinity has a number of staff with specialist expertise in the subject area and the University, with its world-class resources for supporting teaching and research, provides an excellent environment in which to examine it in depth.

The course of study is designed to be of interest to those who wish to pursue further postgraduate research, as well as those working in a variety of sectors where an understanding of the relationship between religion and conflict is increasingly vital, from NGOs to the media, and government to policy think tanks. Students will gain a grounding in major theoretical approaches and analytical tools employed in the study of religion and conflict as well as the chance to scrutinise a range of topics from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. They will also have the opportunity to undertake a sustained piece of research in the form of the dissertation, that will allow them to engage with a topic within the field in detail.

Since modules can occasionally change from year to year, you may wish to speak to the coordinator of the Religion and Conflict Pathway in 2023-2024, Justin Meggitt, for details of provision in the future.

Modules in 2024-2025:

1. Theories and Issues in the Study of Religion and Conflict

3. Contemporary Religious Conflict: Ethnographic Approaches

2Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and ‘Christian Europe’