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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.

Entry requirements

MA: The standard entry requirement is a BA (Honours) degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent, for example, a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale) 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 Zwischenpru¨fung or Kolloquium and two semesters at the Hauptseminar level. The University will contact the referees named in your application directly. Please ensure that your referees are able to provide a reference in a timely fashion. If you are also applying for a Durham MA bursary, please ensure that your referees understand that their references will be used both for admission and for a very competitive funding process.

Course modules

Core Module; The Bible and Hermeneutics*. Dissertation. *Core module may be subject to change, in 2018-19 this will be replaced with the module Paul and His Interpreters. 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, Religion in the Neo-Liberal Age, The Thought of Thomas Aquinas in Context, Selected modules from the MA in Theology and Ministry course, 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 2019 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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