MRes Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

Overview

Join staff and students from around the world in the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies. The variety of fresh perspectives you’ll find here will make your masters a unique experience.

MA Biblical Studies Research

The MRes Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies enables you to develop the skills to engage with current biblical research in a way tailored to your personal interests and to what you need for your future success.

It will deepen your grounding in the field and provide ideal preparation for research study at MPhil/PhD level, if that is your goal.

Fast facts

Title: MRes Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

Award: Master of Arts

Duration: Full-time - 1 year, Part time - 2 years

Entry: Minimum 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent. Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Apply now: Online Application Form

Content

In our taught course we include a mix of core and optional modules. In addition, you’ll research your own interests in an extended dissertation.

You’ll attend lectures, seminars and tutorials. During your dissertation you’ll be supervised by one of our academic staff, who’ll provide you with guidance on your topic and methodology. You will have access to a dedicated computer room for students.

Assessment is by coursework assignments and a dissertation.
Those achieving an average of 60 per cent or higher will be considered for entry for our research degree programmes (MPhil-PhD).

Modules

What do I need to bear in mind when reading these listings?

Modules are listed by semester, and compulsory modules are indicated.

These modules are for our MRes programme based in Sheffield.

We cannot guarantee that all of these modules will be available each year. This listing is subject to change and is designed to give you an idea of the range of modules we offer.
Who will be teaching me?

All of our academic staff teach on our MRes programmes.

REL6000: Research Methods (core for MRes in Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, 30 credits)

This module will equip you with the essential techniques for research in Biblical Studies, including how to define a research topic, the location and effective use of research resources, the internet and research, analytical and critical skills, writing up research.

Assessment: coursework

EGH623: Work Placement with Research Project (Spring Semester, 30 credits)

Assessment:

REL6016: Issues in Cultural Studies (Spring Semester, 30 credits)

We will study a range of issues in the field of cultural studies and the Bible in this module. Seminars will engage with specific problems through a discussion of a variety of topics and critical perspectives within the field. Precise research topics will reflect the research interests of members of staff.

Assessment: coursework

REL6019: Issues in Religion, Theology and the Bible (Full-year, 30 credits)

We will study a range of issues in the field of Religion, Theology and the Bible in this module. Seminars will engage with specific problems through a discussion of a variety of topics and critical perspectives within the field. Precise research topics will reflect the research interests of members of staff.

Assessment: coursework

REL6310: Leadership and Religion in Society: Past, Present and Future

This unit introduces the historical relationships between religion, leadership and power, which are used as a basis for interpreting contemporary leadership contexts in western culture. The history of European church-state reformation settlements will be compared with geo-political shifts in settlement between sacred and secular, migration and increasing globalization. The shift to identity politics where religion & belief gain new significance will be analysed. Participants will be equipped to both learn and speak of the place of religion in the public realm by developing critical and interpretative skills to consider the options leaderships have in responding to religion and belief identities.

Assessment: coursework and self-evaluation

REL6320: Interdisciplinary Imaginations of Religion, Belief and Leadership

This unit will critically map a wide range of contemporary conceptions of religion and belief deployed by leaderships. Analysis of religion and belief is rapidly emerging across academic disciplines outside of Theology and Religious Studies, through such themes as diversity, equality and plurality, public-private boundaries, religious freedom, democracy and participation, gender and identity politics. Participants will become meta-critics of the narratives that are deployed about religion and belief. In the light of recent national and international equalities and human rights legislation participants will evaluate the relative merits of differing leadership stances towards religion and belief identities in public life.

Assessment: coursework

REL6330: Contemporary Challenges of Religion in Professions and Practice

The unit arises from viewing Western societies as increasingly religiously complex, where equalities and human rights laws and guidance require engagement by leaders with diverse service users and providers. Yet public discourse and professional leaderships have been dominated by post-religious assumptions which impede the quality of conversation and practice. Participants will explore the ways in which religious diversity in society is encountered and engaged in public professions, and what questions and challenges this poses for their practice: what is the real religious landscape of service users? This will allow participants to re-evaluate their own professional frameworks and paradigms.

Assessment: coursework and self-reflection

REL6340: Sacred Texts and Sources for Religious Literacy

This unit considers how leaderships are imagining and constructing the world in the context of societies seeking to find an idea of a common purpose, or a method for achieving it. Participants will explore how public discourses resort to consumerist alternatives and/or those found in radical orthodoxy or Islamism. Analyses of emerging literatures which explore the possibilities and challenges of engagement using alternative logics will be made: exploring how sacred texts are embedded, inform and contrast established discourses and more recent alternatives. Participants will also evaluate sources expressive of wider ideas of belief and spirituality, reflecting the informal, consumerist landscape.

Assessment: coursework and self-reflection

REL6070: Dissertation in Biblical Studies (Full-year, 90 credits)

The dissertation will be an extended piece of independent academic research undertaken in consultation with a supervisor. You will begin thinking about this in the autumn semester, but will work on it mainly in the second semester and during the summer.

Assessment: 12,000 word dissertation

Fees and Funding

For fees information, please refer to the following webpage: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/finance

There are some studentships available for home students through the AHRC Research Preparation Masters Scheme. The deadline for applications is 1 May. For details see www.ahrc.ac.uk.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

We are pleased to announce that Postgraduate Masters Loans are available for students starting from September 2016. You may be eligible for a government loan of up to £10,000.

Applications are now open.

Further information, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, can be found here.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students