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The training and development of postgraduate students is an important part of the Department’s work. Our taught MA programmes reflect core areas of expertise in the Department. The MA in the Study of Mysticism and Religious Experience explores the complex issues of what it means to think about ‘religious experience’ in the light of the critical turn in religious studies, using this as a focus for thinking about the nature of religious subjectivity through classical and contemporary theoretical debates. The MA in Theory and Method in the Study of Religion provides a core theoretical and methodological training for students intending to undertake or make use of fieldwork-based research in the study of religion, either for a research degree or in other applied settings. Taught MA students are encouraged to play an active role in seminars and other research activities in the Department.
The Department also supervises a large number of doctoral students working on projects ranging from the critical, theoretical examination of key concepts and thinkers in the study of religion, the study of religious subjectivities in a wide range of historical and contemporary contexts, and forms of religion and the sacred in contemporary society and culture. The Department provides a regular theory reading group for its doctoral students, as well as other activities linked to the Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society. It also plays a leading national role in providing methodological training for doctoral students working in the study of contemporary religion. Click here for more information on the Department’s doctoral and research degree programme.