Psychology of Religion

Psychology of Religion

MSc Psychology of Religion

Psychology of religion is a continually developing and exciting area within the field of psychology. This full or part-time, distance learning course will help you understand why people believe what they do and how this relates to the ways in which a person thinks and behaves.


This course provides an excellent opportunity for those interested in the relationship between psychology and religion to deepen and broaden their understanding of this field up to Masters Level. The psychology of religion provides an overview of classical theories and an in-depth assessment of current research within the field. The course will provide you with a theoretical basis for understanding religion and for understanding the role that religion plays in an individual’s life. There will also be opportunities for you to further explore your areas of interest.

Key Facts

  • Unique course, only taught at one other University in the UK
  • The course is delivered entirely online through e-learning
  • Virtual meetings are held with fellow students and tutors
  • You will use forums to interact with others on the course  
  • Our division of psychology is research-active in this specialist area
  • This course will provide you with the skills necessary to conduct your own empirical study


Indicative modules include:

  • Psychology of Religion: an introduction
  • Research Methods
  • Mental Health, Religion and Culture
  • Individual Differences and Religion
  • The Social Psychology of Religious Experience, Belief and Behaviour 
  • Positive Psychology and Religion
  • Dissertation

Career Opportunities

This course will be of interest to those working in careers that require an understanding of people’s beliefs and values: e.g. clergy, health care professionals, social workers, psychologists and teachers. It provides an excellent base for further study within the field of the psychology of religion.

Employability & Assessment

A wide variety of assessments will be employed, including essays, book reviews, poster presentations and a dissertation. 

Meet the Student

Meet the Student

“I was the Team Psychologist  in a community mental health team, having been interested in psychology and mental health issues from a very early stage.

I chose to study Psychology of Religion at Glyndŵr University as the topic was of interest to me, religion is a huge force in most societies and it has always fascinated me as to why people think about things in the way they do. 

The course was offered at an affordable price and the online nature of the course allows me to study from my home in Surrey.  I’ve found the experience rewarding and it’s great to continue to learn and be connected to the University. On completion of the course I hope to continue my studies.”

Anne Frances Davidson, MSc Psychology of Religion student 

Meet the Team

Meet the lecturers:

Professor Christoper Alan Lewis
Dean of Research

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Dr Mandy Robbins
Senior Lecturer / Module Leader

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Dr Emyr Williams
Lecturer / Module Leader

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Dr Dagmar Corry
Lecturer / Visiting fellow

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Entry Requirements & Applying

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to both Psychology graduates and graduates in other disciplines. It is expected that students will have gained at least a 2.2 honours degree.

Find out more

If you have any questions or would like further information about this course, entry requirements or application process, please contact our Admissions and Enquiries Team.

Applying for the course

If you are applying as a Home or European Union student, you should make your application through the direct application form. This is an editable PDF file and can be completed electronically or by hand on a printed version. A paper version is available upon request from the Admissions and Enquiries Team.

Course Duration & Fees

Course Duration

3 years
Start month: September

For some students a DBS check (previously known as CRB), may be necessary depending on the focus of their independent study 


Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.

Bursary & Hardship Fund

British Psychological Society's Welsh Brance Bursary and Hardship Fund

Society members studying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in psychology at a Welsh university are welcome to apply.*

Bursaries will be awarded to contribute to the cost of conferences, workshops, courses or visits that are pertinent to the student’s studies.

Hardship funds are also available. Scheme guidelines and application forms can be found at the address
below or alternatively contact Helen Bazley at

*Restrictions may apply, check web address below prior to application.

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