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M.A Course

This course is run jointly by the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter together with the Director of the Religious Experience Research Centre.

Department of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter
Department of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter

Department of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter

The M.A. course is designed to provide opportunity for students to study religious experience in depth from a number of perspectives.

The course is intended as a forum in which to explore and understand religious experience which takes seriously both ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’ accounts and which questions and examines the categories ‘spirituality’, ‘mysticism’ and ‘religious experience’.

The course comprises compulsory ‘core’ modules and two or three ‘options’, which depend on availability (20 credits in any mode).


Religious Experience* – Written by Peggy Morgan (40 credits)

This module is offered as a distance-learning unit through the Religious Experience Research Centre. The Centre frequently organises study days in Oxford for those on the course.

Study and Research Methodology* – Written by Dr. Frances Knight, Tom O’Loughlin, and Dr. Jonathan Wooding (20 credits).

This fully distance module will be sent to all new students who have registered for the MA course. The assignment is assessed by the Course Director.

OPTIONAL MODULES** (20 credits)

Buddhism and Religious Experience* – Peggy Morgan
The Self in Indian Religious Thought – Dr. Maya Warrier
Near Death Experiences – Professor Paul Badham
Jewish Mysticism – Professor Dan Cohn-Sherbok
Christian Mysticism – The Christian Experience of the Divine – Fr. Brendan  O’Malley
Cosmology and Sexuality in Taoism – Dr. Xinzhong Yao

Welcome to our Postgraduate Prospectus

We hope that this prospectus will introduce you to postgraduate study at the University of Wales, Lampeter in a way that will give you a feel for our place, our study, and our people.

This prospectus introduces Lampeter and provides general information on studying here or as a distance student, as well as information on the courses, research areas, and study options.

Please follow the links on the left to find out more.

Have you ever had a spiritual or religious experience or felt a presence of power, whether you call it God or not, which is different from your every day life?

Are you curious about such experiences – to know what they are, whether people have had them, and what they might be telling us?

Would you like to communicate with others of like mind – and/or contribiute your own experience to the growing accounts of these experiences?

Are you interested? If so, then read on, this page is for you – or contact us on the Society’s address below for a brochure and further information.

Religious Experience Research Centre:
Department of Theology & Religious Studies,
University of Wales Lampeter, Ceredigion SA48 7ED.
Tel: +44(0)1570 424821 Fax: +44 (0)1570 423641.
e-mail: [email protected]
Directors: Prof. Paul Badham, Dr. Wendy Dossett and Prof. Xinzhong Yao

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Bronwen, Viscountess Astor
Lord Carey of Clifton
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The Rt. Revd. Richard Harries
His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor
Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr
The Revd. Dr. John A. Newton
His Eminence Supreme Primate, Koken Otani
Sir Jonathon Porritt
Lord Rees-Mogg
Chief Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks
Swami Chidanand Saraswati
The Most Revd. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury