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Biblical Studies

This course focuses on the context and interpretation of biblical and pseudepigraphal texts, along with the study of biblical languages. Durham has a long tradition of outstanding biblical scholarship, providing a wide range of distinctive approaches to biblical studies, including historical, critical and theological.

Course modules

Core Modules; The Bible and Hermeneutics, 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, Gospels and Canon. Plus up to 1 choice from: Paul and his Interpreters, Patristic Exegesis, Patristic Ecclesiology, Christian Northumbria 600-750, The Anglican Theological Vision, Classic Texts in Christian Theology Liturgy and Sacramentality, Conceiving Change in Contemporary Catholicism, Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology, Christian Gender, Principles of Theological Ethics Theology, Ethics and Medicine, Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion, Ritual, Symbolism and Belief in the Anthropology of Religion, Literature and Religion Catholic Social Thought, Ecclesiology and Ethnography, Doctrine of Creation. Selected modules from the MA in Theology and Ministry programme Level 3 undergraduate module, or any Level 1 - 2 language module offered by the Department of Theology and Religion, taken in conjunction with the 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)

Assessment methods

Assessment is through a dissertation and essays. Language modules are assessed by exam.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 17,325 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 7,245 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 9,600 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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Department of Theology and Religion
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