Durham University

Durham University

Religion and Society

In this course, the focus is on religion in its anthropological and sociological perspectives. Durham has particular strengths in the study of Mormonism; death, dying and disposal; shamanism; religion and emotion; religion/faith and globalisation; religion and politics; contemporary evangelicalism and post-evangelicalism; and religion and generational change. It also boasts the Centre for Death and Life Studies and the Project for Spirituality, Theology and Health.

Entry requirements

An 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. Please ensure that your two chosen referees send their confidential academic references (using the reference form [Word]) to us in a timely manner.

Course modules

Course structure; social scientific methods in the study of religion core module, 3 option modules, dissertation. Core modules: social scientific methods in the study of religion ; dissertation. Optional modules: 2-3 choices from:; ritual, symbolism and belief in the anthropology of religion; theology, ethics and medicine; literature and religion; Christian Northumbria 600-750; ecclesiology and ethnography; plus up to 1 choice from: advanced Hebrew texts; advanced Aramaic; Middle Egyptian; the bible and hermeneutics; the old testament Pseudepigrapha and the new testament; Paul and his interpreters; gospels and canon; patristic exegesis; patristic ecclesiology; the Anglican theological vision; liturgy and Sacramentality; classic texts in Christian theology; conceiving change in contemporary Catholicism; Christian gender; principles of theological ethics; catholic social thought; 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 and 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

Dissertation and essays; language modules are assessed by exam.

Sponsorship information

National and University scholarships; Arts and Humanities Research Council; in addition to these sources of funding, there are a number of fellowships specific to those studying in theology and religion at Durham, including the Barry scholarship, Lindsay scholarship and Borderlands bursaries, which are awarded by St John's College; departmental scholarships.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Department of Theology and Religion
Telephone number: 
0191 334 3293