Master of Religious Studies enables students to become familiar with the specifics of religious traditions and to make comparisons between the beliefs and practices of different religions, particularly in the context of a world coming to terms with its cultural and religious diversity. Students are given the opportunity to explore the theoretical study of religion using the techniques of anthropology, phenomenology, psychology, sociology, theology and empirical study. The programme will stimulate curiosity about, and fascination for, the variety of religious cultures across the globe and to open up a greater awareness of plurality within religious traditions and within societies at large. This gives students a real insight into the human condition and the multiplicity of religious beliefs and practices in the world. Students will have the opportunity to visit places of worship and other sites of significance for the study of religion, as well as acquiring practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures and religions.