Taught course

Funeral Celebrancy

University of Winchester · Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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


Course content

PGCert Funeral Celebrancy at Winchester enables students to reflect on their existing professional practice as a Funeral Celebrant/ Officiant. Students develop existing creative and critical professional practice through an engagement with theories and methodologies from the academic disciplines of death studies, religious studies, ritual and performance studies, and creative writing.

This Postgraduate Certificate relates a wide range of religious and cultural approaches to death and dying, disposal and bereavement rituals, and the work of a funeral celebrant.

Students explore sociological, anthropological, philosophical and theological methodologies; look at creative writing through an academic lens; and explore ritual and performance studies theories.

With a strong focus on self-reflection and professional development, this programme is only suitable for individuals already working as Funeral Celebrants/Officiants.


Approaches to Studying Death
Death, Dying and Pastoral Care in World Religions
Performing Rituals: Creative and Critical Methodologies in Constructing and Performing a Eulogy

Students undertake structured guided reading and engage in online discussion and debate. A visit to a local crematorium, cemetery or natural burial site 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 reflecting on writing and performing eulogies, exploring professional practice in light of a site visit and more traditional methods of assessment such as essays. There are no examinations. An introduction to academic study skills is embedded into the first module.

This Postgraduate Certificate is designed for those already working as Funeral Celebrants/Officiants. It offers a valuable professional development opportunity and a firm foundation for postgraduate research.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 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

Home and EU tuition fee: £1,630
International tuition fee: £1,630

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

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries and Applications
+44 (0) 1962 827234