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Biblical Studies MA Durham University

UK

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Summary

Description

This course focuses on the context and interpretation of biblical and pseudepigraphal texts, along with the study of biblical languages. Durham has a long tradition of outstanding biblical scholarship, providing a wide range of distinctive approaches to biblical studies, including historical, critical and theological.

Course Learning and Teaching

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. Teaching in the Department of Theology & Religion is ‘research led’ at both BA and MA levels, but particularly at MA level. Research led teaching is informed by staff research, but more importantly it aims to develop you as independent researchers, able to pursue and explore your own research interests and questions. This is why the independently researched MA dissertation is the culmination of the MA course. Such engagement with texts and issues is not only an excellent preparation for doctoral research, it also develops those skills of critical analysis, synthesis and presentation sought and required by employers.

Many MA classes will contain a ‘lecture’ element, conveying information and exemplifying an approach to the subject-matter that will enable you to develop a clear understanding of the subject and improve your own ability to analyse and evaluate information and arguments. Seminars enhance knowledge and understanding through preparation and interaction with other students and staff, promoting awareness of and respect for different viewpoints and approaches, and developing skills of articulacy, advocacy and interrogation. Through small group discussions and tutorials, feedback is provided on completed work, with the opportunity to discuss specific issues in detail, enhancing knowledge and writing skills.

The Dissertation module includes training in generic research skills, from the use of the Library to issues in referencing and bibliography. The subject specific core module introduces you to questions of interpretation and argument in the disciplines encompassed by theology and religion, and helps to develop your own interests and questions that will issue in the MA dissertation. The latter is a piece of independent research, but it is fostered and guided through individual tutorials with a supervisor, with whom you will meet throughout the academic year.

Career Opportunities

Department of Theology and Religion

A significant number of our graduates find employment in academic institutions (universities and seminaries) around the world.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Biblical Studies MA.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

£19,500.00 (20,01,490) per year

Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution

From

01 Oct, 01 Oct, 01 Oct

Venue

Durham University

The Palatine Centre,

Stockton Road,

Durham,

Durham,

DH1 3LE, England

Entry requirement for international students

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. Students need to have: IELTS: 7.0 with no component under 7.0; TOEFL iBT: 102 ( writing 27, no component under 25); 185 (minimum of 185 per component) in Cambridge Scale (CPE or CAE); Pearson Academic (PTE): 70 (with no less than 70 in each Communicative Skill).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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