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Comparative Religion and Social Anthropology

The University of Manchester

36 months
21500 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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Combine the tradition-based study of religion with the social scientific approach of anthropology in the Comparative Religion and Social Anthropology programme at The University of Manchester.


Course description

The Comparative Religion and Social Anthropology programme at The University of Manchester explores how religion is inextricably bound up with ways of being human.

Religion is here to stay, and there is a critical need to understand how and why it forms a central part of human cultures.

You will explore themes such as ritual, myth, sacred space and iconography as critical features of human societies, both past and present.

You will study topics such as Judaism, the problem of evil, the Bible, social theory, power, and ethnography.

Your first year of study will cover research methods and key issues in Religion and Anthropology.

You will go on to focus on issues related to religion as culture, such as the role played by gender, politics and narrative representation, as well as the developing relationship between anthropology and religion.

In your final year, you will get the opportunity to focus further on specific themes and issues, including writing an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your own choice.

This course produces graduates who have a clear capacity to analyse and understand the many complex roles played by religion in human societies.

These are skills of high value in today's globalised world.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Study of Religions and Theology
  • Power and Culture: Inequality in Everyday Life
  • Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective
  • Key Ideas in Social Anthropology
  • Ethnographic Reading
  • Histories of the Islamic World

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Typical A-level offer: ABB, not including General Studies
  • Typical contextual A-level offer: Grades BBB, not including General Studies
  • Refugee/care-experienced offer: Applicants who have been in local authority care for more than three months or have refugee status may be eligible for an offer two grades below the standard requirements.
  • Typical International Baccalaureate offer: 34 points overall. 6,5,5 in Higher Level subjects

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21500 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Manchester

645 - 1197 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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