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Religion and Society

This course looks at religion from anthropological and sociological perspectives. Durham has particular strengths in the study of Mormonism, death, dying and disposal, 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

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

Choice of one of the three core modules. Three optional modules and Dissertation. Core Modules One of the following: The Bible and Hermeneutics*, Classic Texts in Christian Theology, Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion. Plus a Dissertation. *This core module may be subject to change and in 2018-19 this will be replaced by 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, The Bible and Hermeneutics, Paul and his Interpreters, Gospels and Canon, Patristic Exegesis, Patristic Ecclesiology, Christian Northumbria 600-750, Classic Texts in Christian Theology, The Anglican Theological Vision, 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. Plus up to 1 choice from: Selected modules from the MA in Theology and Ministry, 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 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
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 (Wales) 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 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 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 (Channel Islands) 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 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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