Theology is one of the oldest areas of academic study known to humanity while religious studies has developed in the modern period. Both disciplines continue to be intellectually stimulating and relevant in helping us understand the role of religions, both ancient and modern, in the world around us. Theology generally refers to the study of the Christian traditions from textual, historical and doctrinal perspectives. Religious studies refers to the comparative study of beliefs and practices in a variety of religious traditions and contexts and explores different theories of religion cross-culturally. Taken together, our courses cover a wide range of religious traditions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and new religions, and the rejection of religion by atheists and humanists. The MA Theology offers a broad and interdisciplinary study of the Christian religious tradition, with the opportunity to concentrate in specific subject areas, including biblical studies, theology and ethics, the history of Christianity in a global context, and religious studies. You will be studying at the historic New College, one of the largest and most vibrant centres of theology and religious studies in the world. You will be taught by internationally recognised experts and you will have access to excellent learning resources. You will also have access to an extensive range of outside courses in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and in the wider University.