Durham University

Durham University

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.

Entry requirements

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.

When applying, please ensure that your two chosen referees send their confidential academic references 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 theo.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk provided they are signed, or by post to the address provided on the reference form.

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Theology and Religion
Telephone number: 
0191 334 3293