University of Winchester

University of Winchester

Death, Religion and Culture

MA Death, Religion and Culture at Winchester explores the way in which death is the only inevitability of life. This universal reality is understood differently by various cultures and religious traditions, and those understandings are played out in rituals of death, dying and bereavement. The programme attracts a diverse range of students including funeral directors, clergy from a variety of traditions, teachers, nurses and those preparing for a research degree, as well as a range of people who are simply fascinated by the subject. Study provides a view of historical and current approaches to death and dying, disposal and bereavement rituals, enabling a meeting of professional groups and students with particular interests in this area of speciality.

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study, the course is great for anyone with an interest in exploring death as a subject area, and how religion and culture affect perceptions of death, dying and bereavement. No previous knowledge of religion or death studies is required although some summer reading would help students prepare. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (icluding 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent approved test.

Course modules

Further information about the core and optional modules for this programme are available from the individual course pages on the University of Winchester website.

Assessment methods

Types of assessment used include a review of practical activities such as site visits, alongside more traditional methods of assessment such as essays and book reviews. There are no examinations. Students complete a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words on a subject of their choice within the realms of religion and death. It is a substantial piece of independent research and full tutorial support is provided.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (EU) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (England) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 11,200 per Whole course (International) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (Wales) 12 months
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (EU) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (England) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 11,200 per Whole course (International) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (Scotland) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (Wales) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 24 months

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