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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.

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. When applying, please ensure that your two chosen referees send their confidential academic references (using the reference form [Word]) to us in a timely manner. Please note that we are unable to accept 'open' references submitted by yourself. The referees may send the references by email directly from their institutional email addresses to theo.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk provided they are signed, or by post to the address provided on the reference form. 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.

Course modules

MA: 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). MA: Choice of one of the three core modules, three optional modules, dissertation. Core Modules: 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 one 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

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 7,245 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 17,325 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 9,600 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 4,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
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 4,300 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Theology and Religion
Telephone number: 
01913343293