MA in Contemporary Faith and Belief

An Anglia Ruskin University degree created and taught by the Cambridge Theological Federation

Our MA in Contemporary Faith and Belief will enable you to join a timely debate about the role of faith and belief in the contemporary world.


  • Available full-time or part-time
  • Only online modules will be available in 2021-2022
  • Some modules may be available by block teaching over one or two weeks


The MA consists of FIVE modules (Including the Dissertation Module). Two of the four taught modules and the final dissertation are compulsory, the other two taught modules are optional and can be chosen from the list below:


Compulsory modules: Optional modules recommended for IOCS students (2021-2022)* Other optional modules for 2021-2022*
Human Condition (Core module) – Taught across all MA courses by CTF

Secularisation in the Christian World (Compulsory module) – Taught by CTF and IOCS

Final Major Project (Dissertation)

Mystery of Love – Taught by IOCS, developed for this MA

Philosophical Theology – Taught by IOCS, developed for this MA

Orthodox Spirituality: Life in Liturgy – Taught by IOCS, developed for an alternative MA

Christianity and Ecology – Taught by IOCS, developed for an alternative MA

Religion and Society – Medieval and Modern – Taught by CTF

Theology and Practice of Mission – Taught by CTF

Interfaith Relations: from Theory to Encounter – Taught by CTF and Woolf Institute

Wesleyan Spirituality and Theology – Taught by CTF

Spiritual Direction in the Ignatian Tradition – Taught by CTF

Medieval and Celtic Spirituality – Taught by CTF

Themes in Pastoral Theology – Taught by CTF

*Please note that, while the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies and the Cambridge Theological Federation will do their best to offer the above modules in the coming academic year, we cannot guarantee that all these optional modules will be offered in 2021-2022. Also, IOCS and CTF reserve the right not to teach a module if enrolled numbers are insufficient.
The deadline for applications for our next intake for the MA courses is 31st August 2021.
Please find below the link to the Anglia Ruskin University online application.

Please note: If you have questions about the course structure or the application procedure, please contact the Institute’s Academic Director, Dr Christoph Schneider (

Anglia Ruskin University online application for the MA in Contemporary Faith and Belief