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 or professional experience in the area of study.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Death, Religion and Culture at Winchester is a distance learning course that explores the universal reality of death. You examine the ways in which death and dying are understood differently by various cultures and religious traditions, and how 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. This dynamic group ensures that your debates and discussions are lively and informed by a breath of interests and experiences.

Modules include Contemporary Approaches to Death and Dying, Death in World Religions, The Theology, Philosophy and Ethics of Death, Pastoral Care of the Dying and Bereaved, and Philosophical Approaches to Mourning and Eulogy. You also complete a dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words on a relevant topic of your choice.

The programme is taught by a team of highly qualified and enthusiastic staff who include internationally renowned scholars. You take part in structured discussion and debate through electronic forums, and are provided with guided course readings and access to the digital 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 course.

Graduates of the course pursue a range of careers including bereavement counselling, work in funeral homes, teaching and church ministries.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months
online
12-24 months
distance learning
12-24 months

Further details of qualification

Distance learning only.

Course contact details

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