V6K707 Spirituality, Theology & Health MA Postgraduate Taught 2018
This programme focuses on the interdisciplinary and inter-professional issues that emerge in the study of spirituality and wellbeing, particularly in the healthcare context.. Students will engage in theological reflection on a relevant topic and undertake a double module research dissertation, as well as taking the taught core module on spirituality, religion and health. This programme provides a stepping-stone to doctoral work.
- Two core taught modules
- Two optional modules
- Spirituality, Religion & Health
- Practical Theology: Context, Practice and Methodology
Optional modules in previous years have included:
1-2 choices from:
- Classic Texts in Christian Theology
- Christian Gender
- Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion
- Catholic Social Thought
- Doctrine of Creation
- Ritual, Symbolism and Belief in the Anthropology of Religion
- Theology, Ethics and Medicine
- Selected modules from the MA in Theology and Ministry programme
Plus up to 1 choice from:
- Anthropology of Global Health
- Public Health Anthropology
- Body, Politics and Experience
- Thinking Anthropologically
- Advanced Anthropology of Mental Health and Illness
- Fieldwork and Interpretation
To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University please click here.
Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.
Learning and Teaching
Course Learning and Teaching
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 opportunity to discuss specific issues in detail, enhancing student knowledge and writing skills.
The Dissertation module includes training in generic research skills, from the use of the Library to issues in referencing and bibliography. The core modules introduce students to questions of method, interpretation and argument in the disciplines encompassed by spirituality, religion and practical theology in relation to health, 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.
Subject requirements, level and grade
A UK 2:1 bachelor degree or equivalent (for example, a GPA of 3.7 on a scale of 4.0) in a relevant subject (including relevant professional qualifications – eg MB, BS, or RGN, etc).
When applying, please ensure that your two chosen referees send their confidential academic references (using the reference form [Word]) to us in a timely manner. Please note that we are unable to accept ‘open’ references submitted by yourself. The referees may send the references by email directly from their institutional email addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org provided they are signed, or by post to the address provided on the reference form.
English Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (with no component under 6.5) or equivalent scores in an alternative accepted English language test. Details of alternative accepted tests and the requirements for your subject and level of study can be found here. In some cases, English language proficiency can also be evidenced in other ways. You can find further information regarding this, here.
How to Apply
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English Language requirements
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How to apply
Fees and Funding
Fees and Funding
Full Time Fees
|EU Student||£7,245.00 per year|
|Home Student||£7,245.00 per year|
|Island Student||£7,245.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£17,325.00 per year|
Part Time Fees
|EU Student||£4,000.00 per year|
|Home Student||£4,000.00 per year|
|Island Student||£4,000.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£9,600.00 per year|
Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.
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