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

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

Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion core module, Three option modules, Dissertation.
Core Modules: Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion. Dissertation: Optional Modules. Optional modules in previous years have included: 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 & 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

Through small group discussions and tutorials, feedback is provided on student work, with the opportunity to discuss specific issues in detail, enhancing student knowledge and writing skills. The Dissertation module includes training in generic research skills.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
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 (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
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

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