‘Know your enemy’ began New Scientist recently, describing the current state of the science-religion debate. Come to the University of Edinburgh and learn why this has become one of the most important – and the most heated – intellectual debates of modern times. Our MSc in Science & Religion is unique in Europe, and offers in-depth study with world experts in the ways in which these two subjects inter-relate and conflict. The programme can be approached from a wide background of disciplines without prior specialist knowledge, and we welcome prospective students with a good degree in a science or humanities subject.
Much of the recent debate surrounding ‘New Atheism’ has taken place within a poorly-informed view of the history and philosophy of science and its relationship with religion. Our MSc provides a strong grounding in these issues. The history of science will be studied from ancient times through the modern scientific revolution, together with philosophical trends in the understanding of reality. In addition, the main core areas of dialogue between science and religion will be explored in depth, including cosmology, evolution, divine action and miracles, consciousness and the human person.
The degree could lead on to further research, or to any career where crystal-clear inter-disciplinary thinking and analysis is required; it would provide a useful stepping-stone for careers in education, journalism, public policy, or civil service, to name just a few.
The programme can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two years.
To find out more information about our MSc in Science and Religion and how to apply, visit our website by clicking on the 'find out more' button below.