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COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in Religious Studies







M.A. Rel. St.(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Evening


The Master of Arts in Religious Studies is ideal for anyone seeking to gain greater understanding of the impact of religion and spirituality in the contemporary world. It could be followed part-time, that is twice a week. This permits the student to study in a flexible manner, while keeping other commitments.

This course enables students to become both highly aware and expertly articulate about the diversity of global religious and spiritual life. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the programme seeks to probe relationships between religion, spirituality, society, identity, ethics and popular culture. Through a re-discovering of texts and traditions, students will explore central concepts and teachings as well as analyse the phenomenon of religion from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.

The areas of studies are divided mainly into: Holy Scriptures, Ministry, Comparative Theology (Ecumenism, Inter-religious Dialogue and Dialogue with society), Historical Theology, Systematic Theology and Ethics. Students choosing this course will become trained in advanced research skills and will network with scholars dedicated to the study of religions or religious thought.
LEARNING OUTCOMES Knowledge Understanding

• Develop advanced knowledge in one or more scholarly fields in the study of religion,
• Utilize theories and methods appropriate for graduate research in the study of religion.

Application Understanding

• Demonstrate critical thinking, analytical, and interpretive skills appropriate for graduate research in religion,
• Recognize the correct attitudes that foster dialogue.

Communication Skills

• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing,
• Engage in multi-religious conversations
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY This course is addressed to any person who is:
• pursuing jobs in academia, development work, community-based roles, aspects of welfare, social care and counselling, or
• interested in local and central government policy-making and administrative departments.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This course caters for students coming from various backgrounds including lay pastoral ministry, missionary work, religious education, teaching, youth counselling, secondary education, music ministry, chaplaincy work, social work, and mediation.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree with at least a Second Class Honours in Religious Studies or in Theology or in an area of study which the Board deems suitable for the proposed area of research or

(b) a Bachelor degree with Category II or better in an area of study which the Board deems suitable for the proposed area of research.

Preparatory Programme

Admission of applicants under paragraph (b) shall be made conditional on the result of an interview and in such cases the Board shall require applicants to successfully complete a preparatory programme of 30 credits obtained with an average mark of 55% or better prior to their registration in the Course.

Applicants under paragraph (a) whose first degree is not in Religious Studies or in Theology may also be required to successfully complete a preparatory programme of 30 credits obtained with an average mark of 55% or better prior to their registration in the Course.

Preparatory programmes shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2016.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 22 April 2017
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