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Philosophy and Religion at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study.

This course will enable you to reflect critically on theology, ethics, philosophy and the place of religion and faith within contemporary
culture. The modules, which reflect the research interests of our staff, enable you to systematically explore key themes and current debates in selected areas of focus. 

The course also enables you to develop advanced research skills. This will be most clearly developed through the Research Methods module, which will prepare you, under the direction of an expert supervisor, for the completion of your 15,000-word dissertation on an agreed topic.

You will have the option of specialising along a named pathway, with your dissertation directly focusing on the pathway’s subject specialism.

There are nine pathways available:

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy
• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy (Death Studies)
• MA Philosophy and Religion
• MA Philosophy and Religion (Death Studies)
• MA Theology and Religion
• MA Theology and Religion (Death Studies)
• MA Theology and Religion (Orthodox Studies)
• MA Theology and Philosophy
• MA Theology and Philosophy (Orthodox Studies)


You can work in any field in which researching, analysing and writing research-based reports are core skills. If you are, or wish to be, a teacher, academic or member of the clergy, you will find the degree an invaluable stepping stone to career advancement.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start date: September
Distance learning available: All modules will be taught on campus and available for distance learning via video link
Teaching takes place: Weekdays


Taught elements of the course take place at King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in Theology, Religion and Philosophy or relevant subject. 

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 (including 5.5 in academic writing) or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0)1962 827234
Send us a message

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Applications need to be submitted by 31 May. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.

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Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our open evenings.

Year 1 (Level 7)

Modules Credits

Research methods

Optional Credits

Optional modules

To receive the award in MA Philosophy and Religion (Death Studies) students must take three additional optional modules, including either Dazzling Darkness or Controversies in Contemporary European Philosophy or an Individual Study module in an area of Philosophy. Either Religion and Material Culture or Death, Religion and Society or an Individual Study module in an area of Religious Studies. 

The following is a list of all optional modules:

Christian Art and Symbolism
Being Human: Theological Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges
Dazzling Darkness: Mysticism and Philosophy
Controversies in Contemporary European Philosophy
Religion and Material Culture
Death, Religion and Society
Independent Study

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £5,500
Part-time entry | £2,750 p/a

Total Cost | £5,500

International Students

Full-time entry | £12,950
Part-time entry | £6,475 p/a

Total Cost | £12,950

Key course details

1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time
Typical offer
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in Theology, Religion and Philosophy or relevant subject
King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester