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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion

V8K407 Theology and Religion MA Postgraduate Taught  2020

Essentials

Essentials

Degree MA
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
Start Date October
Location Durham City
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Department(s) Website www.durham.ac.uk/theology.religion
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Course Summary

Course Summary

Description

The MA in Theology and Religion serves both the specific needs of those focussed on progressing towards doctoral research and also of those looking to continue relatively broad-based postgraduate studies in Theology and Religion, for example in support of a career in teaching.

  • Choice of one of the three core modules
  • Three optional modules
  • Dissertation.

Core Modules

One of the following:

  • Paul and His Interpreters (or an alternative module in Biblical studies in some years)
  • Classic Texts in Christian Theology
  • Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion

Plus a Dissertation.

Optional Modules

Optional modules in previous years have included 2-3 choices from:

  • Advanced Hebrew Texts
  • Advanced Aramaic
  • Middle Egyptian
  • The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the New Testament
  • The Bible and Hermeneutics
  • Paul and his Interpreters
  • Gospels and Canon
  • Patristic Exegesis
  • Patristic Ecclesiology
  • Christian Northumbria 600-750
  • England's Religious Revolution 1640-1660
  • Liturgy and Sacramentality
  • Conceiving Change in Contemporary Catholicism
  • Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology
  • Christian Gender
  • Principles of Theological Ethics
  • Theology, Ethics and Medicine
  • Ritual, Symbolism and Belief in the Anthropology of Religion
  • Literature and Religion
  • Catholic Social Thought
  • Ecclesiology and Ethnography
  • Doctrine of Creation
  • Religion in the Neo-Liberal Age
  • The Thought of Thomas Aquinas in Context

Plus up to 1 choice from:

  • Selected modules from the MA in Theology and Ministry
  • Level 3 undergraduate module, or any Level 1–2 language module offered by the Department of Theology and Religion, taken in conjunction with the designated Extended Study in Theology & Religion module
  • 30 credits from another Board of Studies (including appropriate credit-bearing language modules offered by the University’s Centre for Foreign Language Study).

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 and Religion is research led and is informed by staff research, but more importantly, it aims to develop you as independent researchers, able to pursue and explore your own research interests and questions. This is why the independently researched MA dissertation is the culmination of the MA course. Such engagement with texts and issues is not only an excellent preparation for doctoral research, but 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 you to develop a clear understanding of the subject and improve your 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 completed work, with the opportunity to discuss specific issues in detail, enhancing 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 subject specific core module introduces you to questions of interpretation and argument in the disciplines encompassed by theology and religion helping you to develop your own interests and questions. The latter is a piece of independent research, but it is fostered and guided through individual tutorials with a superviser with who you will meet throughout the academic year.

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Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

The standard entry requirement is a BA (Honours) degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent, for example, a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale)  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.

The University will contact the referees named in your application directly.  Please ensure that your referees are able to provide a reference in a timely fashion.  If you are also applying for a Durham MA bursary, please ensure that your referees understand that their references will be used both for admission and for a very 2020 competitive funding process.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £9,000.00 per year
Home Student £9,000.00 per year
Island Student £9,000.00 per year
International non-EU Student £19,500.00 per year

Part Time Fees

EU Student £5,000.00 per year

The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance

Open Days and Visits

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus

Postgraduate Visits

PGVI or

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit/