Taught course

Vigiling with the dying

University of Winchester · Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject, and experience of vigiling with the dying.

Months of entry


Course content

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


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries and Applications
+44 (0) 1962 827234