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What will I learn?

Description

This course focuses on the Catholic theological tradition, within the more general context of Christian theology. Durham has a strong interest in and engagement with contemporary Catholicism, with a Centre for Catholic Studies, the Bede Chair in Catholic Theology and the St Hilda Chair in Catholic Social Thought and Practice.

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 them 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.

Which department am I in?

Theology and Religion

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£21,250.00 (US$ 29,248) per year
Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

This is a fixed fee

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

Start date

Expected October 2021

Venue

Durham University

The Palatine Centre,

Stockton Road,

Durham,

DH1 3LE, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.3 or better out of 4.0.

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: IELTS: 6.5 (no component under 6.0); TOEFL iBT (internet based test) and TOEFL iBT Home Edition: 92 (no component under 23).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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