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L2K307 Faith and Globalisation MA Postgraduate Taught 2012


UCAS code L2K307
Degree MA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time)
Start Date 2012-10-01
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 5660

Course Content


Durham University offers an exciting taught MA in Faith and Globalisation, through its School of Government and International Affairs and Department of Theology and Religion, with participation of staff from several other departments, across the Faculties of Social Sciences & Health and Arts & Humanities.

Durham thus joins its expertise on Christian theology and ethics and religious studies, on the one hand, and on Islamic and international studies, on the other, to form the basis for an interdisciplinary approach to that theme. The main focus is on the public engagement and the cultural impact of religious actors (groups, movements, and organisations) on a range of issues of global relevance whether domestically or transnationally. Such an approach will explore topics such as identity and culture, politics and governance, economics and finance, science and technology.

The MA in Faith and Globalisation seeks to address these issues from a research-led perspective, offering students a range of learning and teaching methods and a supportive environment for interaction and independent thinking. Find out more about general entry requirements applying to all taught MA courses offered by the School of Government and International Affairs and about the Programme Aims.

The Faith and Globalisation Programme at Durham University is also the leading UK hub of an evolving network of universities across the world, the Faith and Globalisation Initiative, led by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. Currently, Yale University, the National University of Singapore, McGill University, the Technological Institute of Monterrey, the University of Western Australia, Peking University and the University of Sierra Leone form part of the network.

Course Structure

Resources, methods and interpretation (RMI) module; three option modules; dissertation.

Core Modules

Religion and Globalisation; RMI module; dissertation.

Optional Modules

Group 1

  • Advanced Issues in International Economic Law (LAW41130, 30 credits)
  • Advanced Power and Governance (ANTH41530 , 30 credits)
  • Representing Otherness (MLAC42430, 30 credits)
  • International Economics (BUSI40A15, 15 credits)
  • International Social Work (SOCI40415, 15 credits)
  • International Theory (SGIA41815, 15 credits)
  • Principles of Theological Ethics (THEO41230, 30 credits)
  • Religion, Ethnicity and Otherness (MELA42630, 30 credits)
  • Religion, Modernity and Identity (THEO40730, 30 credits)
  • The International System (SGIA41315, 15 credits)
  • Thinking Otherness (MELA42330, 30 credits).

Group 2

  • Buddhist Philosophy (PHIL40630, 30 credits)
  • Christian Formation, Faith Development and Critical Education (THEO55730, 30 credits)
  • Collective Identities & Political Thought in Britain Since 1850 (SGIA40215, 15 credits)
  • Conceiving Change in Contemporary Catholicism (THEO40230, 30 credits)
  • Current Issues in Care Design and Delivery (HEAS41815, 15 credits)
  • Human Rights (SGIA40815, 15 credits)
  • Islam and Politics: Issues in Contemporary Muslim Thought (SGIA41215, 15 credits)
  • Islamic Political Economy (SGIA41915, 15 credits)
  • Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China (SGIA45015, 15 credits)
  • Political Ideology (SGIA40515, 15 credits)
  • Politics, Government and Civil Society in The Middle East (SGIA45315, 15 credits)
  • Ritual, Symbolism and Belief in the Anthropology of Religion (THEO56730, 30 credits)
  • The Public Understanding of Science and Religion (THEO40430, 30 credits)
  • Theology, Ethics and Medicine (THEO56930, 30 credits).

Teaching and assessment details

Dissertation and essays. Language modules are assessed by exam.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

The standard entry requirement is a good upper second class honours degree or equivalent (for example GPA 3.7) in Theology, Religious Studies or a related discipline. The two principal exceptions to this rule are as follows: graduates of other disciplines who have studied at undergraduate or equivalent level in one or more of the areas in which they hope to work, through their first degrees, through training for the ministry of the churches, and so on; students from overseas universities who have successfully reached a point in their theological studies comparable with completion of a British BA at the standard noted above – for example, on the German model, passing the Zwischenpruüfung or Kolloquium and two semesters at the Hauptseminar level.

English Language Requirements

An overall band score of 7.0 with no band below 6.5.

English Language requirements


Requirements and Admissions

You can apply to our postgraduate programmes via our online application process.

Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.


For more information on funding opportunities, visit the University's funding database.

Career Opportunities

Government & International Affairs, School of

Our students go on to a wide range of successful careers including civil service and other government agencies,
UN/INGOs/CSOs, journalism, media, teaching, law, banking and finance, diplomatic services and risk analysis.

For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and
details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please visit our employability web pages.  

Open days and visits

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Department Information

Government & International Affairs, School of


The School's place amongst the top UK departments for Politics and International Relations has been confirmed by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results inwhich50%ofour research rated in the top two categories: ‘world
leading' and ‘internationally excellent'.

The School submitted work by every member of its academic staff to the RAE, with the results showing research
excellence throughout the School. With a further 30% of research rated ‘internationally recognised', 80% of
the School's research output falls in the top three grades of the exercise.

Providing a unique environment for learning, training and research, the School has a truly international base
with students from over 40 different countries studying on both our taught and research courses. The School prides itself on the support it provides for postgraduate students and has dedicated IT and study room facilities. Special collection library facilities are located
within the main University Library, which is a short walk from the School.


Teaching Staff

Prof Habib Ahmed, Sharjah Chair in Islamic Law and Finance
Dr Mehmet Asutay, Reader in Political Economy
Dr Ilan Baron, Lecturer
Dr Joanildo Burity, Senior Lecturer
Dr Gordon Cheung, Senior Lecturer
Dr Gidon Cohen, Senior Lecturer
Ms Lara Coleman, Lecturer in Development and Conflict
Dr Christopher Davidson, Reader in Middle East Politics
Dr Maria Dimova-Cookson, Lecturer
Prof John Dumbrell, Professor of Government
Prof Anoush Ehteshami, Professor
Dr Jeroen Gunning, Reader in Middle East Politics, and Conflict Studies
Dr Olli Hellmann, Lecturer in Asian Political Economy
Dr Geoff Kennedy, Lecturer
Dr David Kerr, Lecturer
Prof Nicholas Lewer, Professor
Dr Yukiko Miyagi, Lecturer
Prof Emma Murphy, Professor
Prof James Piscatori, Professor of International Relations
Dr Christian Schweiger, Lecturer
Dr Julia Stapleton, Reader in Politics
Dr Peter Stirk, Senior Lecturer
Dr Claire Sutherland, Lecturer
Dr Colin Turner, Reader
Dr Nick Vivyan, Lecturer
Dr Stephen Welch, Lecturer
Prof John Williams, Professor
Professor Rodney Wilson, Professor.

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