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 Zwischenprüfung 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 firstname.lastname@example.org provided they are signed, or by post to the address provided on the reference form.
Months of entry
In this course, the focus is on religion in its anthropological and sociological perspectives. Durham has particular strengths in the study of Mormonism; death, dying and disposal; shamanism; religion and emotion; religion/faith and globalisation; religion and politics; contemporary evangelicalism and post-evangelicalism; and religion and generational change. It also boasts the Centre for Death and Life Studies and the Project for Spirituality, Theology and Health.
Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion core module, Three option modules, Dissertation.
- Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion
Optional modules in previous years have included:
2-3 choices from:
- Ritual, Symbolism and Belief in the Anthropology of Religion
- Theology, Ethics and Medicine
- Literature and Religion
- Christian Northumbria 600-750
- Ecclesiology and Ethnography
Plus up to 1 choice from:
- Advanced Hebrew Texts
- Advanced Aramaic
- Middle Egyptian
- The Bible and Hermeneutics
- The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the New Testament
- Paul and his Interpreters
- Gospels and Canon
- Patristic Exegesis
- Patristic Ecclesiology
- The Anglican Theological Vision
- Liturgy and Sacramentality
- Classic Texts in Christian Theology
- Conceiving Change in Contemporary Catholicism
- Christian Gender
- Principles of Theological Ethics
- Catholic Social Thought
- Doctrine of Creation
- 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).
Information for international students
English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Department of Theology and Religion
- (0)191 334 3293