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Christian Theology (Catholic Studies)

This course focuses on the Catholic theological tradition in particular, within the more general context of Christian theology. Durham is developing a strong emphasis on a renewed engagement with contemporary Catholicism, and now boasts a Centre for Catholic Studies and the Bede Chair in Catholic Theology.

Entry requirements

MA: 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 Zwischenpru¨fung or Kolloquium and two semesters at the Hauptseminar level.

Course modules

Core Modules; Classic Texts in Christian Theology. Dissertation. Optional Modules in previous years have included: 2-3 choices from: Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology, Conceiving Change in Contemporary Catholicism, Christian Gender, Principles of Theological Ethics, Patristic Ecclesiology, Patristic Exegesis, Catholic Social Thought. Plus up to 1 choice from: The Anglican Theological Vision, Liturgy and Sacramentality, Ritual, Symbolism and Belief in the Anthropology of Religion Paul and his Interpreters, Gospels and Canon, The Bible and Hermeneutics, Christian Northumbria 600-750, Theology, Ethics and Medicine, Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion, Literature and Religion, Advanced Hebrew Texts, Advanced Aramaic, Middle Egyptian, The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the New Testament, Ecclesiology and Ethnography, 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

Most MA teaching is delivered through small group seminars and tutorials. These exemplify and encourage the various skills and practices required for independent scholarly engagement with texts and issues. The course is assessed by essays and a dissertation; language modules are assessed by exam.


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 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

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Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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