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Department of Theology and Religion

V8K607 Christian Theology (Catholic Studies) MA

Degree MA
Year of Entry 2015
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website
www.durham.ac.uk/theology.religion
Email theo.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 3929

Description

This course focuses on the Catholic theological tradition in particular, within the more general context of Christian theology. Durham is developing a strong emphasis on a renewed engagement with contemporary Catholicism, and now boasts a Centre for Catholic Studies and the Bede Chair in Catholic Theology. For more information, please contact Professor Paul Murray.

Core Modules

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

Optional Modules

  • The Roman Catholic Church and Pluralism in Modernity and Postmodernity
  • Conceiving Change in Contemporary Catholicism
  • Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology
  • Transformative Listening.

Most MA teaching is delivered through small group seminars and tutorials. These exemplify and encourage the various skills and practices required for independent scholarly engagement with texts and issues. Teaching in the Department of Theology & Religion is ‘research led’ at both BA and MA levels, but particularly at MA level. Research led teaching is informed by staff research, but more importantly it aims to develop students as independent researchers themselves, able to pursue and explore their own research interests and questions. This is why the independently researched MA dissertation is the culmination of the MA programme. Such engagement with texts and issues is not only an excellent preparation for doctoral research, it also develops those skills of critical analysis, synthesis and presentation sought and required by employers.

Many MA classes will contain a ‘lecture’ element, conveying information and exemplifying an approach to the subject-matter that will enable students to develop a clear understanding of the subject and improve their own ability to analyse and evaluate information and arguments. Seminars enhance knowledge and understanding through preparation and interaction with other students and staff, promoting awareness of and respect for different viewpoints and approaches, and developing skills of articulacy, advocacy and interrogation. Through small group discussions and tutorials, feedback is provided on student work, with the opporunity to discuss specific issues in detail, enhancing student knowledge and writing skills.

The compulsory module on Resources, Methods and Interpretation (RMI) provides training in generic research skills, from the use of the Library to issues in referencing and bibliography. It also introduces students to questions of interpretation and argument in the disciplines encompassed by theology and religion, and helps them to develop their own interests and questions that will issue in the MA dissertation. The latter is a piece of independent research, but it is fostered and guided through individual tutorials with a supervisor, with whom students meet throughout the academic year.

Subjects required, level and graded

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 Zwischenprüfung or Kolloquium and two semesters at the Hauptseminar level.

English Language requirements

IELTS score of 7.0 with no band below 6.5.

Requirements and Admissions

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply

The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.

Information relevant to your country

www.durham.ac.uk/international/countryinfo

Fees

Fees shown are for one year. Total fee will depend on the length of your programme. All fees are subject to annual increases. For more information please visit the Tuition Fees page www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance/tuition

EU student fees

£6100

Home student fees

£6100

Islands student fees

£6100

International non-EU student fees

£14900

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance