Durham University

Durham University

Spirituality, Theology and Health

This programmes focuses on the interdisciplinary and inter-professional issues that emerge in the study of spirituality and wellbeing, particularly in the healthcare context. It is possible to take an MA or MSc, depending upon the balance of theology and science options selected. However, all students will engage in theological reflection on a relevant topic and undertake a double module research dissertation, as well as taking the taught core module on spirituality, religion and health. Both programmes provide a stepping-stone to doctoral work.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (including relevant professional qualifications � eg MB, BS, or RGN, etc).

Course modules

; 2 core taught modules, 2 optional modules, and a dissertation; core modules; spirituality, religion and health; practical theology: context, practice and methodology; dissertation. Optional modules 1-2 choices from: classic texts in Christian theology; Christian gender; social scientific methods in the study of religion; catholic social thought; doctrine of creation; ritual, symbolism and belief in the anthropology of religion; theology, ethics and medicine; selected modules from the MA in theology and ministry programme; plus up to 1 choice from: quantitative health research methods; qualitative health research methods; global health issues and governance; public policy, health and health inequalities; health systems analysis and comparison; the dynamics of evidence informed policy; gender, sex, health and politics; qualitative methods applied to policy and health research; epidemiology and statistics; anthropology of global health; public health anthropology; body, politics and experience; thinking anthropologically; advanced anthropology of mental health and illness; fieldwork and interpretation.

Assessment methods

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


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