Master in World Religions Today and Ethical Discernment




2 months in the UK per year and the rest with Supervision On-line

Expected Length: 2 Years - 4 Semesters

Fees per Academic Year:  £16,000

Total Cost for a full MA: £32,000

Start Dates: 7 September 2020

                    5 October 2020

                    2 November 2020


Admission Status


Course Overview

About the course
The two-year MA in World Religions Today and Ethical Discernment will provide you with a rigorous and critical understanding of the meaning of ethics and discernment in the world religions and how to link that with human responsibility and social impact as well as the main problems of ethical decision-making in world religions today. This understanding will take you to rethink about the way we teach and practice religion and its implications. We will equip you with the necessary tools so you end up designing your own approach based on ethical decision-making to your chosen field. This approach will be converted into a prototype designed by you through methodologies that approach the problem from the development of human discernment.  Our students for this programme are religious leaders that want to make a difference and change their approaches to religious teachings. 


The course will introduce you to develop social impact studies as an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary subject. It covers the discernment and ethical history of development, the paradigm shifts and internal conflicts within the discipline and the contemporary relevance of research to development policy and practice.


The course comprises 4 semesters and five elements: foundation courses, research methods, the core course, the design of the prototype and its implementation, and the final thesis.

Each year is divided into two-semester, you will spend the first month with us in the UK getting all your foundation courses.  Then you will be back to your country to work on your project and an online supervisor will be assigned to you.

In the first year, you will be immersed in studying four foundation courses:

  • Current problems in world religions 

  • Ethical religious Responsibility

  • The role of discernment when reading secret texts

  • The role of Decision-making in today's Religious Matters

You will also follow a course in research methods for the social sciences, comprising sessions on research design and qualitative and quantitative methods. Thesis workshops offer preparation for your research. Additional sessions will be held on aspects of fieldwork ethics and safety, library resources and software and computerised databases.

The core course, also taken in the first year, is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary course with two-component modules:

  • Theories of Development

  • Key Themes in Development


During the Second Year, You will begin working on the design of your prototype and its implementation. Once the design is approved you will implement it in your context. Following the implementation, you will work on a 20,000-word thesis. You will choose the topic, with the guidance of your supervisor, and, in most cases, spend some of the first summers doing fieldwork and gathering data. 


The courses you will take with us while being with us in Lancaster UK will entail three to five hours of teaching per week, delivered through lectures, classes and workshops. Class sizes are small – between 5 and 16 students – encouraging active participation and enabling students to learn from each other. You prepare for sessions by reading a selection of recommended books, book chapters and articles.

The supervision you will have while in your country will entail 2 hours per week and 2 hours every two weeks in group discussions. 


We will provide you with our own platform where you will find all material, the discussion groups themes and the portal that will enable communication with your supervisor.


You will be allocated a general on-line supervisor who will support your academic development and with whom you will meet regularly. Allocation is based on your research interests, optimal fit with the supervisor’s expertise, and staff availability. You will also have an advisor whom you may consult on issues concerning your personal wellbeing and the logistics of your programme.


Year one

Formal assessment will normally comprise a three-hour written examination at the end of each semester for each foundation course and a research design essay, submitted in the same semester, and 5,000-word essays for the core course. You must pass all examinations to continue into Year 2. 

Year two

Formal assessment will comprise a three-hour examination for each option course at the end of the final semester and your full proved prototype together with your final thesis, submitted at the end of the final semester.

What is Included

In each academic year, the following is included in the overall price:
  • Student Accommodation for 60 days, breakfast and Lunch included
  • 2 flights, return ticket to England
  • Access to the University Sports Centre for the duration of your stay
  • Bus Travel Card for the duration of your stay
  • Access to Electronic Libraries and Journals​
  • 25 Workshops
  • 25 Lectures
  • 4 Seminars
  • 8 Tutorials
  • The programme's material 
  • An online mentor for the duration of one academic year

Entry Requirements


UEthics presents academic entry requirements for postgraduate taught master’s programmes uses the UK marking system. For entry to a postgraduate taught master’s we normally require a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of “upper second class honours” (2:1). Please see the table below to understand how UEthics academic entry requirements match the qualifications from your country. If your country is not listed please contact us. 

  • MEXICO Licenciado at least 4 years 8.0/10

  • BRAZIL Bacharel or Licenciado At least 4 years 75% - 80%  or 8.0/10

  • CHILE Licenciatura at least 4 years5.3/7.0

  • COLOMBIA Licenciado at least 4 years4.0/5.0

  • COSTA RICA Licenciado at least 5 years 80% or 8.0/10.0

  • ECUADOR Titulo de Licenciado or Titulo de (subject area)At least 4 years8.0/10 or 80%

  • PARAGUAY Titulo de Licenciado at least 4 years 80% or 4.0/5.0

  • PERU Licenciado Minimum of 10 semesters14/20

What you need to provide

Applications are assessed not only on whether you meet the academic entry requirements but we also use a range of other criteria including:

  • Personal Statement

  • Performance at Interview

  • Spanish and English test results

  • 1 academic and 1 work personal references

  • CV

  • Academic proposal - The most important part of the entry requirement is that you provide us with a viable research proposal. Guidance for writing a research proposal can be found HERE.

*Important Note*

The main reason for doing this MA has to be geared to create impact and change lives. The MA does not allow for a thesis that does not embrace creating methodological prototypes, that is, practical applications in a given context.

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