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V8K107 Religion and Society MA Postgraduate Taught 2012


UCAS code V8K107
Degree MA
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 2012-10-01
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 3929

Course Content


In this course, the focus is on religion in its anthropological and sociological perspectives. Durham has particular strengths in the study of Mormonism; death, dying and disposal; shamanism; religion and emotion; religion/faith and globalisation; religion and politics; contemporary evangelicalism and post-evangelicalism; and religion and generational change. It also boasts the Centre for Death and Life Studies and the Project for Spirituality, Theology and Health.

Core Modules

  • Resources methods and interpretation (RMI) module
  • Dissertation.

Optional Modules

  • Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion
  • Religion, Modernity and Identity
  • Ritual, Symbolism and Belief in the Anthropology of Religion
  • Literature and Religion
  • Christian Formation, Faith Development and Critical Education
  • The Public Understanding of Science and Religion
  • Theological Interpretation of Scripture
  • Transformative Listening
  • Christian Northumbria 600-800
  • Worship and Reform in Britain 1530-1662
  • Anglican Perspectives on God and the Human Condition
  • The Anglican Theological Vision
  • Liturgy and Sacramentality
  • Conceiving Change in Contemporary Catholicism
  • Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology
  • Theology and Asceticism in the Ancient Catholic Tradition
  • The Practice of Theology in the Catholic Tradition AD 400-1900
  • Christian Gender
  • Principles of Theological Ethics
  • Theology, Ethics and Medicine
  • Advanced Hebrew Texts
  • Advanced Aramaic
  • Middle Egyptian
  • Advanced Hebrew Text and Exegesis
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament
  • The New Testament and the Social Sciences
  • Paul and his Interpreters Gospels and Canon.

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.


  • AHRC MA scholarships
  • Durham University MA scholarship scheme.

There are several sources of funding available for postgraduate study within the Department of Theology and Religion.

For further information, visit our funding webpages.

The University also has a range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students. To find out what support
you could be eligible to receive see our online funding database.

Career Opportunities

Theology & Religion

A significant number of our graduates find employment in academic institutions (universities and seminaries) around the world. For some examples of academic careers in Theology launched at Durham, please click here.

Others go into teaching, church ministry, the caring professions, and many other professional fields.

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 click here.

Open days and visits

Campus tours

Are you interested in studying at Durham University? Then why not come along to one of our Campus Tours? They run regularly at Durham City and Queen's Campus, Stockton on Wednesday afternoons. For further information, please click here.

Overseas Visit Schedule

Postgraduate Visits

Department Information

Theology & Religion


In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the Department was ranked at number one among all departments of Theology and Religion in the UK in two categories:

  • The highest percentage of publications at 4* (world-leading research)
  • The highest Grade Point Average for these publications.

This is a major achievement which confirms the Department's position as one of the world's leading institutions for the study of Theology and Religion. The Department's traditional strengths lie in the fields of biblical studies and Christian theology, where it continues to provide teaching and research in depth and breadth second to none in the UK. In recent years the Department has also broadened its range of expertise to include Early Jewish studies, the  sociology and anthropology of religion, theological ethics, historical theology and Catholic and Anglican studies.

The Department enjoys many crossdepartmental and interdisciplinary links  around the University, as well as strong collaborative relationships with the denominational theological institutions based in and around Durham.

There are 21 full-time, research active staff in the Department, making us one of the largest and most influential departments in our field in the UK. We have a strong community of about 180 postgraduate students including large numbers of international students and a significant proportion of part-time students.

The postgraduate community is supported by our 11 regular research seminar series, along with interdisciplinary seminars and other conferences and colloquia which place Durham at the centre of international scholarship. There is also a full professional development and training programme available for postgraduates, including opportunities to work as a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant.

Our home, Abbey House, right next to Durham Cathedral, is a stunningly beautiful and immensely exciting place to study and to pursue research in Theology and Religion.


Teaching Staff

Professor Gerard Loughlin teaches Christian doctrine, religion and film, and gender and theology. He has research interests in theology and contemporary culture, with reference to sexuality and cinema, and in nineteenth and twentieth century theology. His most recent book are Alien Sex: The Body and Desire in Cinema and Theology (2004) and (ed.) Queer Theology: Rethinking the Western Body (2007).

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