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Department of Theology and Religion

Taught programmes

135 MA and Integrated PhD (first year only) scholarships

Durham University, in partnership with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), is offering 135 MA scholarships across all disciplines, including Theology and Religion. Each scholarship is worth £10,000 towards fees and maintenance. In addition to the normal academic requirements there are some further eligibility criteria. But you may well meet one of these, so do check out this one-off opportunity by visiting Postgraduate Taught Scholarships Scheme. The closing date is 30 April 2015.

The Department of Theology and Religion offers nine taught programmes: a Graduate Diploma, seven 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).

Please see the Taught MA Handbook (below) for more information about our MA programmes, including descriptions of available modules, and please contact either the Postgraduate Admissions Secretary or the Director of Taught MA Programmes with any questions you may have.

Remember to consult also the Postgraduate Studies Useful Information Handbook:

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.