Date: January 16, 2021 (Sat)
Deadline of Registration: January 13, 2021 (Wed)
The first and unique programme of its kind in Hong Kong higher education, the Master of Arts Programme in Religious Studies (hereafter the Programme) was established in 1998 by the Department of Religion (renamed Department of Cultural and Religious Studies in 2004). With the smooth and successful running of the Programme, we have trained more than 580 graduates. Considering religion an integral part of human life, thought and culture, the Programme advocates a critical and comparative perspective to the study of multifarious religious phenomena and a sympathetic understanding of people’s religious experience.
The Programme adopts a proactive approach to enhancing students' academic performance. A Seminar on Writing Academic Papers is origanized in the first semester every year to help students grasp the essentials and methodologies of writing an up-to-standard academic paper in Religious Studies. The Programme also offers the Best Essay Award to encourage students to write high-quality academic papers and recognize their achievements. The introduction of the course "Research Paper in Religious Studies" in 2010 enables our students to acquire some essential skills and methodologies of doing critical research and writing a dissertation, which makes them better-equipped for an application for a research degree.
Emphasis on experiential learning is a distinctive feature of our Programme. Since religion is a living phenomenon in our society, fieldwork constitutes a core learning activity for students to integrate religious theory and application, and to gain a greater understanding of the daily religious practices of people, both locally and overseas. Over the past years, students participated in a large number of field trips organized either by individual courses or research centres to visit religious sites in Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China, Malacca, Japan, Portugal and so forth.
The Programme being principally not career-oriented, most graduates in the Graduate Exit Survey strongly agree with the question: “The Programme has provided me an excellent foundation for my life-long learning”. Students recognize and affirm the Programme’s main objective of heightening their cultural and religious sensitivity, as well as critical and analytical skills, which lay a solid foundation for their lifelong learning. the embodiment of lifelong learning. Alumni Association
Sharing by Graduates
It has been a fruitful learning experience in the past two years. It’s more than cultural and religious studies - I treasured this study journey very much for it means searching the meaning of life to me. Professors are not only knowledgeable but also devoted to guide us with their warm hearts. Most important of all, I’ve been inspired to reflect on my own values and justify my beliefs more sensibly and with confidence. I enjoyed every sharing with classmates with different perspectives and we learned to understand and respect each other’s thoughts with an open mind. Thank God for I have studied in MARS!
工作上習慣了每天也計算回報和效益，想自我有些新衝擊﹑挑戰和突破，期望生命有所改變，亦源於自己對道教知識的追求，所以於2017年報讀 MARS 的課程。這個課程內容很精彩﹑豐富，充滿驚喜，令我有一種相逢恨晚的感覺。老師們熱誠及投入的教學，從不同角度切入，由理論、哲學、歷史、心理和宗教等的切面，將宗教立體化的展示在我們眼前，讓同學易於掌握，融會貫通，帶領我認識不同宗教之餘，也令我們思考更多，更加認識自己及可用全新的角度去認識自己的宗教信仰。非常感謝老師們的教導和同學們的分享互動，讓我愉快地完成這兩年的學習時光。