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Theology and Religion

This course aims to serve both the specific needs of students focused on progressing towards doctoral research and those of students looking to continue relatively broad-based studies in Theology and Religion to Level 4, perhaps in support of a career in teaching.

Course modules

Core Modules One of the following: The Bible and Hermeneutics, Classic Texts in Christian Theology, Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion Dissertation. Optional Modules 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. Plus up to 1 choice from: 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. The course is assessed by essays and dissertation.

Sponsorship information

National and University scholarships; Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); Durham University Master's scholarship; Durham Doctoral studentship; in addition to these sources of funding, there are a number of fellowships specific to those studying in theology and religion, including the Barry scholarship, Lindsay scholarship and Borderlands bursaries, which are awarded by St John's College; departmental scholarships.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
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 (Home/EU) 1 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 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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Department of Theology and Religion
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