Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject, and experience of vigiling with the dying.
Months of entry
The Postgraduate Certificate in Vigiling with the Dying at Winchester allows students to reflect on their own professional practice in writing and performing ritual for the dying through a critical and self-reflective engagement with ritual and performance studies theories.
The programme is specifically designed for those who vigil with the dying who are looking to reflect critically on, and develop, their professional practice, especially in regard to creating rituals. It is also designed for those who wish to explore academically historical and current approaches to death, dying, and pastoral care in a variety of world religions.
Contemporary Approaches to Death and Dying
Death, Dying and Pastoral Care in World Religions
Performing Rituals: Creative and Critical Methodologies in Vigiling with the Dying
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. Reflection on current practice with peers also forms an essential part of the course.
The programme is taught by a team of highly qualified and enthusiastic staff who include internationally renowned scholars.
Assessments include weekly study skills tasks, a field report, a dossier, self-reflections document, essays and constructing a vigiling ritual with a critical rationale.
Information for international students
If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.0 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: tba
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries and Applications
- +44 (0) 1962 827234