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Department of Theology and Religion

V6K707 Spirituality, Theology & Health MA

Degree MA
Year of Entry 2016
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time) or 2 to 3 years (part-time)
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 3293
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These programmes focus on the interdisciplinary and inter-professional issues that emerge in the study of spirituality and wellbeing, particularly in the healthcare context. It is possible to take an MA or MSc, depending upon the balance of theology and science options selected. However, all 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. Both programmes provide a stepping-stone to doctoral work.

Course Structure

Two core taught modules, two optional modules, and a dissertation

Core Modules

  • Spirituality, Religion & Health
  • Practical Theology: Context, Practice and Methodology
  • Dissertation.

Optional Modules

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:

  • Quantitative Health Research Methods
  • Qualitative Health Research Methods
  • Global Health Issues & Governance
  • Public Policy, Health & Health Inequalities
  • Health Systems Analysis and Comparison
  • The Dynamics of Evidence Informed Policy
  • Gender, Sex, Health & Politics
  • Qualitative Methods Applied to Policy and Health Research
  • Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Anthropology of Global Health
  • Public Health Anthropology
  • Body, Politics and Experience
  • Thinking Anthropologically
  • Advanced Anthropology of Mental Health and Illness
  • Fieldwork and Interpretation

Subject requirements, level and grade

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent 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 provided they are signed, or by post to the address provided on the reference form.

How to apply

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Information relevant to your country


Full Time Fees

EU Student £6,500.00
Home Student £6,500.00
International non-EU Student £15,700.00

Part Time Fees

EU Student £3,600.00
Home Student £3,600.00
Island Student £3,600.00
International non-EU Student £8,700.00

Please note that part-time fees refer to the 2-year part-time option.

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Scholarships and funding