Philosophy and Religion (MRes)
The Studies in Philosophy and Religion MRes Distance Learning Program is scheduled for a duration of one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). It is tailor-made to suit your interests in consultation with the areas of expertise offered by the School. It is designed also to suit the needs of those who are unable to attend time-tabled sessions at Bangor.
For all School of Philosophy and Religion Masters courses (MARes, MRes), applicants should normally have an appropriate degree – with a minimum of second class honours (lower second class is acceptable), or alternatively a qualification of experience which is acceptable as equivalent. International applicants will also be required to have relevant English Language qualifications.
For the MARes and MRes programs, applicants are required to submit a suitable research proposal (of approximately 400 words including bibliography). The topic of your research should be within a subject area that can be supervised by current members of staff. Students often select a topic from within the broad list of topics available in Part 1.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website
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Students will write two essays, each of 5000 words (30 credits each). The essay titles and content will be decided in consultation with your supervisor. However, they will follow any two topics listed below. Students will have full support from a supervisor (via e-mail, telephone, Skype, or any other means that is mutually convenient).
- Eastern Philosophy and Religion (Hinduism, Sikhism, Shinto and Confucianism
- Islamic Philosophy and ethics
- Religious fundamentalism
- Political Philosophy (including social theory such as Marx, Weber, Rawls etc.)
- Globalization (including, multiculturalism)
- The Enlightenment
- Democratic theory
- The Philosophy of Nietzsche
- Psychoanalytic Studies
- Jungian Theory
- Ethical Theory
- Applied Ethics
- Religious Experience
Part 2 is a supervised dissertation of 40,000 words (120 credits). The subject of the dissertation will be decided by you in consultation with your supervisor. It is usually expected that the subject will relate to the broad range of topics listed above.
*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a MRes.
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