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Religion - Contemporary Religions

Course Outline
The MA in Contemporary Religions offers an innovative and distinctive programme unique in Ireland. The Study of Religions Department at UCC follows a non-confessional, academic approach to the study of religions, welcoming students interested in questions of cultural diversity, politics, gender and religions in the contemporary world. Teaching staff are leading experts in Indian religions and cultures, contemporary Islam, indigenous and minority religions, neo-paganisms and new religious movements, gender and religions, and anthropology of religion. As part of the course you'll conduct original fieldwork-based research in Ireland. The Dissertation in Contemporary Religions gives you the opportunity to research an area of your own choice in the wide field of contemporary religions.

The MA in Contemporary Religions is suitable whether you've already studied religions to primary degree level or have a BA/BSc in another area and are simply interested in studying religions. The course can be taken as research preparation, for MPhil or PhD, or simply to further your knowledge and understanding of contemporary religions.

You'll take four taught modules over terms one and two and complete the Dissertation in Contemporary Religions over the summer (EU students can also take the course part-time over two or three years).

Why Choose This Course

This mind-opening MA course is unique in Ireland, where religions worldwide have traditionally been studied through theological filters. The international, cross-cultural, academic study of religions is an open-ended academic discipline that looks beyond any particular religion's limited view to study religions as they actually exist, develop and change across the world. Globalisation is changing religious landscapes throughout the world, including of course in Ireland. Likewise, the methods we use to study religions and the concepts we employ to construct knowledge about 'religion traditions' or 'spiritualities' need to be questioned if we are to understand the complexity of 'contemporary religions'.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

There is no requirement to study abroad as part of the MA. However, both the fieldwork project and Dissertation may involve research abroad if you wish, possibly in co-operation with one of UCC's partner academic institutions overseas, and the department will encourage study abroad wherever possible.

Skills and Careers Information

This MA offers an ideal preparation for PhD or MPhil research in the Study of Religions. More generally, as societies worldwide become increasingly globalised, understanding people's very different religious beliefs and practices offers an advantage both in careers overseas (e.g. Asia), and closer to home in teaching, the public sector, NGOs, the media, business, healthcare and human resources. As well as the valuable transferable skills acquired through any Arts/Social Sciences Masters course, the MA in Contemporary Religions provides deep insights into religions and cultures which enhance any career involving people.

Entry requirements

Requirements
Minimum 2H1 honours degree. Applications from candidates with other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and subject to approval by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Duration

One year full-time
Part-time 2 years (part-time option will be taught during evening hours 6 - 9pm)

All modules on the programme are taught in the evening (6-9pm).

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
This MA offers an ideal preparation for PhD or MPhil research in the Study of Religions. More generally, as societies worldwide become increasingly globalised, understanding people's very different religious beliefs and practices offers an advantage both in careers overseas (e.g. Asia), and closer to home in teaching, the public sector, NGOs, the media, business, healthcare and human resources. As well as the valuable transferable skills acquired through any Arts/Social Sciences Masters course, the MA in Contemporary Religions provides deep insights into religions and cultures which enhance any career involving people.

Further enquiries

Subjects taught

Modules (15 credits each)

RG6010 Contemporary Approaches in the Study of Religions
This module deals with three main bodies of critical theory (poststructuralist, postcolonial and gender theory), plotting the intersections and points of departure between them and tracing the implications that their insights offer to the academic study of religions.

RG6061 Indigenous Worldviews and Minority Religions
This module examines the contemporary dynamics of the relationship between globalization, neo-liberalism and indigenous and minority populations. We approach this complex relationship through the lens of indigenous worldviews, knowledge systems and religious revival movements.

RG6070 Death, Dying and the Afterlife
This module broadly examines how death and dying is conceptualised in different religious traditions and cultural contexts.

RG6080 Religions in Contemporary Ireland
The course examines the contemporary religious landscape in Ireland, covering diverse religious groups, communities and traditions and spans a range of topics, including current issues and debates within the wider social, cultural and political context of Ireland.

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
https://www.ucc.ie/admin/registrar/modules/

Assessment method

All assessment is by coursework, including essays, presentations, fieldwork reports and journals, and the Dissertation.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:
For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020
Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020
Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020
Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020
Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.

Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June
Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website https://www.ucc.ie/en/international/

Enrolment and start dates

Not on offer 2020/2021

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