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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion

Taught programmes

The Department of Theology and Religion offers eight taught programmes: a Graduate Diploma, six MA programmes, and an Integrated PhD. Each of these is a standalone programme, but each can also lead to further study and qualifications.

If you already have an undergraduate degree in the area of theology and religion, then one of our MA programmes will enable you to deepen your knowledge of the subject, and of the necessary skills for further research. If you are a graduate in another discipline than theology and religion, and now wish to study in this area, you can take our Graduate Diploma, the successful completion of which will enable you to study for an MA.

Our MA programmes are for people who want to know more, and think more, about theology and religion, beyond the limits of an undergraduate degree. But they are also an ideal preparation for anyone who wants to study for a PhD in the subject.

An alternative to studying for an MA + PhD, is to take our Integrated PhD. This integrates the taught elements of an MA into a four-year doctoral programme.

We currently offer MA programmes in:

Each of our MA programmes involves five modules: a programme-specific core module; three optional modules; and a dissertation of 12–15,000 words, which is the outcome of your own research, and which contributes twice as much as any other module to your final result.

All programmes can be taken either full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months).

If you have any questions, please contact:

Taught MA Poster

Funding Opportunities

Click here to find out what postgraduate funding is available within the Arts & Humanites Faculty and how you can apply for it.