Taught course

Death, Religion and Culture

Institution
University of Winchester · Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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.

Core modules:

  • Contemporary Approaches to Death and Dying
  • Research Methods
  • Independent Study

Optional modules:

  • Death in the Christian Tradition
  • Death in World Religions
  • The Pastoral Care of the Dying and Bereaved
  • The Philosophy, Ethics and Theology of Death
  • Death and Visual Culture
  • Connecting Death to Professional Practice
  • Death and Martyrdom
  • Postgraduate Seminar


Students undertake structured discussion and debate through electronic forums and are provided with guided course readings and access to the e-resources held in the University library in order to complete assessments. A visit to a local crematorium, cemetery, mortuary and/or funeral home is an essential aspect of the programme.

The programme is taught by a team of highly qualified and enthusiastic staff who include internationally renowned scholars.

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.

Graduates have gone on to work within bereavement counselling, funeral homes, teaching and the church.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (icluding 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent approved test. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Fees and funding

UK students
September 2017 Entry Full-time | £5,000
International students
September 2017 Entry Full-time | £11,200

Limited bursaries, scholarships and discounts are available - please see our website under 'Students and Money' for more details.

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries and Applications
Email
course.enquiries@winchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1962 827234