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MSc Religion in the Contemporary World

About the MSc programme

This programme provides an interdisciplinary, broad social-science perspective on the study of religion, in contrast to courses which take a religious studies or theology-based perspective.

This programme is intended for graduates with a good first degree in the humanities and social sciences, including those who may have studied anthropology within the context of a more general degree. The programme will also be of interest and value to those with a traditional background in religious studies or theology, or with a pastoral or vocational training, who would like to consider religion from an alternative and complementary perspective.

Programme details

Key features of the programme include:

  • It covers topics of key importance, such as secularisation, religion and public policy, religion in the developing world, religion in the West and its historical development, and the understanding of Western models of religion and secularisation through comparison with the rest of the world.
  • Teaching is directly informed and enhanced by the very strong tradition of fieldwork-based research within the LSE Department of Anthropology.
  • We offer a full academic tutorial system, which means that students on this MSc benefit from direct and sustained contact with members of staff.

Scheduled teaching normally includes three hours of lectures and three hours of seminars per week (depending on options selected), supplemented by regular academic tutorials.

You take a compulsory core course, a choice of options to the value of two full units, and complete an essay (dissertation) to be submitted by early September.

Compulsory courses

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two units from a range of options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

The programme is an ideal preparation for research work in the study of religion. Many graduates from the Department go on to complete PhDs. It will also provide a foundation for those wishing to find employment in the civil service, policy and diplomacy, education, social work, journalism and NGOs.



Application code: L6U3 (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration:12 months full-time, 24 months part-time 

Intake/applications in 2013: 6/25

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in any discipline, with genuine interest in the social sciences and religion (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £12,024; overseas £18,600  

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support

Application deadline: None - rolling admissions. Apply early, however, as places will fill up quickly