With more than 2.2 billion followers, and as one of the oldest religions, Christianity plays an important role in influencing a wide range of social, political and cultural issues.
This programme interprets some of the key themes and trends in Christianity in the majority or non-western world, and is designed to provide expert insight, knowledge and skills to understand the wide range of Christian belief, culture and practice throughout the world, particularly in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
It is taught in a strongly interdisciplinary way, and employs historical, sociological, anthropological and theological perspectives. You will enjoy a unique framework to study, research and understand the complexity of Christian communities in the world and their wider significance for culture and society.
This masters programme is run over one year full-time (or two years part-time). You will be taught mainly in small groups in a classroom/seminar setting. You will receive individual supervision for your 15,000-word dissertation.
The compulsory courses, Selected Themes in the Study of World Christianity, and the World Christianity research skills course, attend to methods for the study of indigenous forms and expressions of Christianity, to issues of culture and gender and to changing patterns of relationship between Christianity in the west and other parts of the world.
Approaches to Research in Divinity and Religious Studies develops postgraduate-level skills in critical thinking and writing.
You will choose three courses, at least two of which must be postgraduate courses offered by the School of Divinity.
Option courses offered by the Centre of World Christianity include:
You can also choose an undergraduate course offered by the School or, at the discretion of the Programme Director, a course from another School, subject to availability.
The programme forms an excellent basis for postgraduate research in aspects of global Christianity, and provides transferable skills appropriate for a wide range of careers.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.