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This week the Department is saying farewell to Dr Ignacio López, who travelled all the way from Argentina to undertake the MA in Religious Studies. Ignacio is a teacher by profession. This week he returns to Argentina having completed his MA Programme in the department. We are sorry to see him go, as he has made such a positive contribution departmental life, and we wish him well for the future!

Ignacio told us, “I found out about the University of Chester and the MA while looking for a Postgraduate Course within the UK. I ended up choosing this MA in Religious Studies mainly because I found its interdisciplinary approach to the phenomenon of religion highly complementary to my professional (RE teacher) and academic (PhD in philosophy) background. The high standards on students’ satisfaction with the course was also a determining factor for choosing TRS Chester. The MA in Religious Studies has been a fantastic experience in many senses. Firstly, as I expected, I found the interdisciplinary design of the program really fascinating and highly enriching, as it allowed me to explore new insights on the phenomenon of religion. Moreover, I also valued and felt very stimulated by the independence given to students and the wide variety of modules offered throughout the MA, which allowed me not only to pick the modules that I found more interesting but also to choose my own rhythm of study. However, what I have enjoyed the most throughout the MA is the academic environment created by the members of the Department, which is truly amazing, as they manage to combine a very pleasant and friendly climate with high academic standards and professionalism. Because I am convinced that this MA helped me improve and develop both personally and professionally, I strongly recommend it to all those interested not only in religion but also in inter-religious and interdisciplinary dialogues, all of which are so necessary today. I will miss TRS Chester, but I will take what I learned at the University and use it in my teaching and writing when I return to Argentina. 

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