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COURSE OVERVIEW. Examine historical and current approaches to death and dying. Understand bereavement rituals in different cultural and religious contexts. Read more

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Examine historical and current approaches to death and dying
  • Understand bereavement rituals in different cultural and religious contexts
  • Useful preparation for a range of careers serving the dying and bereaved

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.

Careers

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

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

Distance learning available: This course is offered as distance learning only

Teaching takes place: There are e-seminars in the evenings, with full tutorial and study skills support

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.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures



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Our MA in Archaeology of Death and Memory explores the complex history of death and memory from the hunter-gatherer societies of the Palaeolithic to recent times. Read more

Our MA in Archaeology of Death and Memory explores the complex history of death and memory from the hunter-gatherer societies of the Palaeolithic to recent times.

Course overview

How and why have the dead been treated and commemorated so differently from prehistory to the present day?

Why Study Archaeology of Death and Memory with us?

Our course is an exciting, cross-period postgraduate course of global application. It will allow you to study and gain advanced expertise in the study of death, burial and commemoration in the human past, shedding light on debates and concerns of our present day.

The course focuses on archaeology but is unusually cross-disciplinary. You will explore debates that connect archaeology to research themes shared across the humanities and social sciences, including studies of ritual, the body, material culture, memory and mortality. Consequently, this degree will interest those with first degrees in archaeology or history, and also those with backgrounds in other disciplines.

What will I learn?

You will begin the first term by studying two 20-credit modules that explore research skills for postgraduate study and key themes and debates in mortuary archaeology. You will then have the chance to take a module exploring archaeology and the body, and archaeologies of memory, plus a further optional 20-credit module in archaeology. The degree culminates in an original Research Dissertation of 80 credits.

How will I be taught?

The principal methods of delivery will be a mixture of lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and field visits to archaeological and heritage sites.

Each module runs for 2.5 hours per week across an eight-week period. You will also undertake 35 hours per week of guided independent study.

The Research Dissertation is taught through regular supervisory meetings. The Programme Leader will also serve as your Personal Tutor.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for the core and optional modules is via written work and other methods equivalent to approximately 4,000 words per 20-credit module. The Research Dissertation will be approximately 16,000 words in length.

Course Fees

For our latest fees please visit our website.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this course we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please visit our website

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus.



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COURSE OVERVIEW. Philosophy and Religion (Death Studies) at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study. Read more

COURSE OVERVIEW

Philosophy and Religion (Death Studies) at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study.

This course will enable you to reflect critically on theology, ethics, philosophy and the place of religion and faith within contemporary

culture. The modules, which reflect the research interests of our staff, enable you to systematically explore key themes and current debates in selected areas of focus. 

The course also enables you to develop advanced research skills. This will be most clearly developed through the Research Methods module, which will prepare you, under the direction of an expert supervisor, for the completion of your 15,000-word dissertation on an agreed topic.

You will have the option of specialising along a named pathway, with your dissertation directly focusing on the pathway’s subject specialism.

There are nine pathways available:

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy (Death Studies)

• MA Philosophy and Religion

• MA Philosophy and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion

• MA Theology and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion (Orthodox Studies)

• MA Theology and Philosophy

• MA Theology and Philosophy (Orthodox Studies)

Careers

You can work in any field in which researching, analysing and writing research-based reports are core skills. If you are, or wish to be, a teacher, academic or member of the clergy, you will find the degree an invaluable stepping stone to career advancement.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

Distance learning available: All modules will be taught on campus and available for distance learning via video link

Teaching takes place: Weekdays

Location

Taught elements of the course take place at King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.



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COURSE OVERVIEW. Theology, Religion and Philosophy (Death Studies) at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study. Read more

COURSE OVERVIEW

Theology, Religion and Philosophy (Death Studies) at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study.

This course will enable you to reflect critically on theology, ethics, philosophy and the place of religion and faith within contemporary

culture. The modules, which reflect the research interests of our staff, enable you to systematically explore key themes and current debates in selected areas of focus. 

The course also enables you to develop advanced research skills. This will be most clearly developed through the Research Methods module, which will prepare you, under the direction of an expert supervisor, for the completion of your 15,000-word dissertation on an agreed topic.

You will have the option of specialising along a named pathway, with your dissertation directly focusing on the pathway’s subject specialism.

There are nine pathways available:

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy (Death Studies)

• MA Philosophy and Religion

• MA Philosophy and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion

• MA Theology and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion (Orthodox Studies)

• MA Theology and Philosophy

• MA Theology and Philosophy (Orthodox Studies)

Careers

You can work in any field in which researching, analysing and writing research-based reports are core skills. If you are, or wish to be, a teacher, academic or member of the clergy, you will find the degree an invaluable stepping stone to career advancement.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

Distance learning available: All modules will be taught on campus and available for distance learning via video link

Teaching takes place: Weekdays

Location

Taught elements of the course take place at King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.



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COURSE OVERVIEW. Theology and Religion (Death Studies) at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study. Read more

COURSE OVERVIEW

Theology and Religion (Death Studies) at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study.

This course will enable you to reflect critically on theology, ethics, philosophy and the place of religion and faith within contemporary

culture. The modules, which reflect the research interests of our staff, enable you to systematically explore key themes and current debates in selected areas of focus. 

The course also enables you to develop advanced research skills. This will be most clearly developed through the Research Methods module, which will prepare you, under the direction of an expert supervisor, for the completion of your 15,000-word dissertation on an agreed topic.

You will have the option of specialising along a named pathway, with your dissertation directly focusing on the pathway’s subject specialism.

There are nine pathways available:

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy (Death Studies)

• MA Philosophy and Religion

• MA Philosophy and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion

• MA Theology and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion (Orthodox Studies)

• MA Theology and Philosophy

• MA Theology and Philosophy (Orthodox Studies)

Careers

You can work in any field in which researching, analysing and writing research-based reports are core skills. If you are, or wish to be, a teacher, academic or member of the clergy, you will find the degree an invaluable stepping stone to career advancement.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

Distance learning available: All modules will be taught on campus and available for distance learning via video link

Teaching takes place: Weekdays

Location

Taught elements of the course take place at King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.



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Study the field that brings past people to life. Past societies responded to and treated their dead in a huge diversity of ways, providing archaeologists with crucial insights into their workings. Read more
Study the field that brings past people to life

Why choose this course?

Past societies responded to and treated their dead in a huge diversity of ways, providing archaeologists with crucial insights into their workings. Funerary archaeology combines analysis of human remains with their archaeological context to take a truly interdisciplinary approach to studying both life and death in the past. The course at York offers the chance to develop skills in a range of different methods and techniques, but all centred on learning how to investigate death and burial in the past. The flexible nature of the course enables you to pursue your own particular period or methodological interests.
-Explore the varied archaeological and methodological approaches to funerary archaeology
-Work alongside internationally renowned specialists in a range of different periods and methodologies, by choosing either the MA or MSc route
-Gain ‘hands on’ experience of the analysis of human remains
-Learn through fieldtrips to local museums and relevant sites, e.g. the prehistoric monuments in the Yorkshire Wolds
-Choose modules to support your own research interests
-Use the latest techniques and equipment to build key practical skills
-Receive advice on developing your career and research interests from knowledgeable staff

What does the course cover?
The course focuses a range of topics from identity, landscape, social structure, commemoration and memory, ritual and belief, and the body. It covers attitudes and repsonses to death from the first evidence for the special treatment of human remains by homids up to the place of funeray rites in modern day societies, but with a particular focus on the interpretively challenging evidence from Prehistory. The analysis of human remains and their archaeological context are both taught in a flexible modular system, that allows you to tailor the course to your particular methodological or period interests.

The MA and MSc pathways offer a chance to specialise in different areas of Funerary Archaeology research. There is also an opportunity to learn valuable practical skills, which are essential for a wide range of archaeological and associated careers.

Who is it for?
This degree is for anyone interested in studying Funerary Archaeology from a range of perspectives, which are at the frontiers of both archaeological method and theoretical approach. It is primarily for students with previous experience in archaeology, anthropology, history, art history, biology or related fields, but students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds are encouraged.

What can it lead to?
The course provides a solid foundation for a wide range of careers and further studies. Postgraduate students at York have gone on to research degrees, academic or teaching careers, museum positions and archaeology posts at local councils, regional authorities, field units, and heritage bodies such as English Heritage.

Careers

By the end of the MA or MSc Funerary Archaeology course you will be able to:
-A thorough understanding of the history of research and the theoretical approaches to Funerary Archaeology
-A broad foundation in the key aspects of studying death and burial in the past
-Identify and record human bone assemblages
-Age, sex and assess pathologies from human bones
-Explore selected methods and periods in detail, through the option modules
-Critically evaluate published research and datasets
-Orally present knowledge and concepts
-Plan, design and undertake a piece of independent research

These skills and techniques are deployed widely in the field of archaeological research and exploration, but they are also valuable for a wide range of careers and further studies.

Many of York's Masters postgraduates go on to further research, academic or teaching careers, museum positions and archaeology posts at local councils, regional authorities, field units and heritage bodies. Some of the organisations our students now work for include:
-Archaeological field units
-Environmental archaeology
-Professional archaeologists – field and laboratory based
-Laboratory technicians
-Demonstrators
-University/research technicians
-Academia
-On-site osteoarchaeologists
-Medical humanities

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The Warwick History Department is recognised internationally as a centre for innovative and influential research and is consistently ranked among the best history departments in the UK. Read more

Introduction

The Warwick History Department is recognised internationally as a centre for innovative and influential research and is consistently ranked among the best history departments in the UK. The MA in the History of Medicine aims to introduce students to the advanced study of the history of medicine, and to equip them with the conceptual and practical skills to carry out independent historical research in this field. The students on the MA are encouraged to engage with a range of concepts, and to place developments within medical theory and practice in a broad social and cultural framework.

The Term One core module ‘Themes and Methods in Medical History’ is designed to introduce students to some of the main historiographical approaches and debates within the history of medicine from the early modern period to the twenty-first century. The module focuses on the evolution of ideas, institutions and practices within medicine, the reception of new approaches and lay responses, the structure of medical practice and the medical professions, and the scientific, social and cultural context of medical intervention. Students are encouraged to situate illness, disease and health care in a broad context, and to frame discussions in seminars in response to a detailed and critical survey of the literature in this area.

The Term Two core module, 'Matters of Life and Death', will address three sets of topics in the history of medicine (broadly construed) selected by its students from a menu of possible options. This unusual structure gives 'Matters of Life and Death' the flexibility required to ensure that it is always focused on subjects closely related to student interests and dissertation research. Possible topics range across the expertise of teaching and research staff in the Centre for the History of Medicine, and of our Associates in the wider University context.

Students actively engage with a wide range of sources available to the historian of medicine (e.g. medical texts, practice records, diaries, case records, public health reports and health propaganda, and visual sources).

Prospective students may be nominated for Wellcome Awards, as well as Departmental, University and ESRC funding.

Course Overview

AUTUMN TERM
◾Core Module Themes and Methods in Medical History (HI907) (30 CATS)
◾Core Module (Term 1): Theory, Skills and Method (HI989) (30 CATS)
A compulsory course designed to help students acquire the methodological skills required to undertake an extended piece of historical research and writing.

SPRING TERM
◾Core Module (Term 2): Matters of Life and Death: Topics in the Medical Humanities (HI991) (30 CATS)
◾Optional Module (Term 2): to be selected from the list below. (All 30 CATS)

SUMMER TERM
◾Dissertation : (20,000 words) (60 CATS)

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. This MA allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of the history of health, medicine and society. You’ll be trained in historical research methods and conceptual and methodological approaches to the history of health, medicine and society. Read more

This MA allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of the history of health, medicine and society.

You’ll be trained in historical research methods and conceptual and methodological approaches to the history of health, medicine and society. You can combine British, European and African history under the guidance of leading researchers in History, History and Philosophy and Science and Medieval Studies. You’ll have the chance to focus on topics and periods that suit your own interests, whether that’s the history of health, medicine and society in the Middle Ages or the First World War.

Looking at the health of individuals, families and communities, you could study the human life course from birth to death, the experiences of medical practitioners and caregivers, medicine during periods of war and conflict, or the impact of health policy in different societies. It’s an exciting opportunity to explore how health and medicine have always been shaped by the social and cultural context.

Specialist resources

We have an exceptional range of resources to help you explore the topics that interest you. The world-class Brotherton Library holds a wealth of resources in its Special Collections, including historical works on health, medicine, cookery and medicinal uses of food, as well as extensive archival material about the history of medicine, surgery and nursing during the First World War and across the region since the eighteenth century.

You’ll be encouraged to participate in events run by the School of History’s lively ‘Health, Medicine and Society’ research group, including seminars, reading group sessions and a postgraduate symposium. You’ll also be able to attend a huge range of other events at the University of Leeds, including seminars at the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science and the Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities.

You’ll also have access to the University’s Museum of Science, Technology and Medicine, which is especially rich in its medical collections, and we have close links with the Thackray Medical Museum in east Leeds and its 47,000 medical objects.

Course content

The first semester will lay the foundations of your studies, introducing you to historical research methods, and key sources, debates and methodologies in the history of health, medicine and society. You’ll take part in a source analysis workshop and gain practical knowledge of documentary, visual and material sources in the university and local area which can be used to study the history of health, medicine and society.

You’ll also develop specialist knowledge of the development of the history of medicine and the social history of medicine as historical sub-disciplines, and the place of health and medicine within the discipline of history.

In Semester Two, you’ll build on this knowledge with your choice from a wide range of optional modules, including specialist topics such as birth , death and illness in the Middle Ages; Medicine and warfare in the 19th and 20th centuries or disease and sexuality in Africa. You’ll also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with partner organisations, such as the West Yorkshire Archive Service, by studying the ‘Making History: Archive collaborations’ module.

Throughout the programme, you’ll develop your knowledge across a variety of areas as well as key skills in research and critical analysis. You’ll showcase these skills when you complete your dissertation, which will be independently researched on a topic of your choice and submitted by the end of the programme in September.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Research Methodology in History 30 credits
  • Dissertation (History of Health, Medicine and Society) 60 credits
  • Approaches to the History of Health and Medicine 30 credits

Optional modules

  • Making History: Archive Collaborations 30 credits
  • Medicine and Warfare in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 30 credits
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality: Archives and Approaches 30 credits
  • Sexuality and Disease in African History 30 credits
  • Lifecycles: Birth, Death and Illness in the Middle Ages 30 credits
  • Special Option (History of Science) 30 credits
  • Science in the Museum: Interpretations & Practices 30 credits
  • The Origin of Modern Medicine (Birth of the Clinic) 30 credits

For more information on typical modules, read History of Health, Medicine and Society MA Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read History of Health, Medicine and Society MA Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching and learning methods. The majority of your modules will be taught through weekly seminars, where you’ll discuss issues and themes in your chosen modules with a small group of students and your tutors. Independent study is also crucial to this degree, giving you the space to shape your own studies and develop your skills.

Assessment

We use different types of assessment to help you develop a wide range of skills, including presentations, research proposals, project reports and essays, depending on the subjects you choose.

Career opportunities

This programme will heighten your cultural and social awareness as well as allowing you to build your historical knowledge. You’ll also gain high-level research, analysis and communication skills that will prove valuable in a wide range of careers.

Graduates have found success in a diverse range of careers in education, research and the private sector. Many others have continued with their studies at PhD level. Your knowledge and skills will appeal to a wide range of employers, including in the charitable, education, healthcare, and heritage sectors .

We offer different forms of support to help you reach your career goals. You’ll have the chance to attend our career groups, meeting students with similar plans, or you could become a paid academic mentor to an undergraduate completing their final-year dissertation. You could also apply for one of the internships we offer each year.



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Theology and Philosophy at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study. Read more

Theology and Philosophy at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study.

This course will enable you to reflect critically on theology, ethics, philosophy and the place of religion and faith within contemporary culture. The modules, which reflect the research interests of our staff, enable you to systematically explore key themes and current debates in selected areas of focus. 

The course also enables you to develop advanced research skills. This will be most clearly developed through the Research Methods module, which will prepare you, under the direction of an expert supervisor, for the completion of your 15,000-word dissertation on an agreed topic.

You will have the option of specialising along a named pathway, with your dissertation directly focusing on the pathway’s subject specialism.

There are nine pathways available:

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy (Death Studies)

• MA Philosophy and Religion

• MA Philosophy and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion

• MA Theology and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion (Orthodox Studies)

• MA Theology and Philosophy

• MA Theology and Philosophy (Orthodox Studies)

Careers

You can work in any field in which researching, analysing and writing research-based reports are core skills. If you are, or wish to be, a teacher, academic or member of the clergy, you will find the degree an invaluable stepping stone to career advancement.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

Distance learning available: All modules will be taught on campus and available for distance learning via video link

Teaching takes place: Weekdays

Location

Taught elements of the course take place at King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.



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COURSE OVERVIEW. Philosophy and Religion at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study. Read more

COURSE OVERVIEW

Philosophy and Religion at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study.

This course will enable you to reflect critically on theology, ethics, philosophy and the place of religion and faith within contemporary

culture. The modules, which reflect the research interests of our staff, enable you to systematically explore key themes and current debates in selected areas of focus. 

The course also enables you to develop advanced research skills. This will be most clearly developed through the Research Methods module, which will prepare you, under the direction of an expert supervisor, for the completion of your 15,000-word dissertation on an agreed topic.

You will have the option of specialising along a named pathway, with your dissertation directly focusing on the pathway’s subject specialism.

There are nine pathways available:

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy (Death Studies)

• MA Philosophy and Religion

• MA Philosophy and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion

• MA Theology and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion (Orthodox Studies)

• MA Theology and Philosophy

• MA Theology and Philosophy (Orthodox Studies)

Careers

You can work in any field in which researching, analysing and writing research-based reports are core skills. If you are, or wish to be, a teacher, academic or member of the clergy, you will find the degree an invaluable stepping stone to career advancement.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

Distance learning available: All modules will be taught on campus and available for distance learning via video link

Teaching takes place: Weekdays

Location

Taught elements of the course take place at King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.



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COURSE OVERVIEW. Theology and Philosophy (Orthodox Studies) at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study. Read more

COURSE OVERVIEW

Theology and Philosophy (Orthodox Studies) at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study.

This course will enable you to reflect critically on theology, ethics, philosophy and the place of religion and faith within contemporary culture. The modules, which reflect the research interests of our staff, enable you to systematically explore key themes and current debates in selected areas of focus. 

The course also enables you to develop advanced research skills. This will be most clearly developed through the Research Methods module, which will prepare you, under the direction of an expert supervisor, for the completion of your 15,000-word dissertation on an agreed topic.

You will have the option of specialising along a named pathway, with your dissertation directly focusing on the pathway’s subject specialism.

There are nine pathways available:

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy (Death Studies)

• MA Philosophy and Religion

• MA Philosophy and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion

• MA Theology and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion (Orthodox Studies)

• MA Theology and Philosophy

• MA Theology and Philosophy (Orthodox Studies)

Careers

You can work in any field in which researching, analysing and writing research-based reports are core skills. If you are, or wish to be, a teacher, academic or member of the clergy, you will find the degree an invaluable stepping stone to career advancement.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

Distance learning available: All modules will be taught on campus and available for distance learning via video link

Teaching takes place: Weekdays

Location

Taught elements of the course take place at King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.



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COURSE OVERVIEW. Theology and Religion at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study. Read more

COURSE OVERVIEW

Theology and Religion at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study.

This course will enable you to reflect critically on theology, ethics, philosophy and the place of religion and faith within contemporary

culture. The modules, which reflect the research interests of our staff, enable you to systematically explore key themes and current debates in selected areas of focus. 

The course also enables you to develop advanced research skills. This will be most clearly developed through the Research Methods module, which will prepare you, under the direction of an expert supervisor, for the completion of your 15,000-word dissertation on an agreed topic.

You will have the option of specialising along a named pathway, with your dissertation directly focusing on the pathway’s subject specialism.

There are nine pathways available:

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy (Death Studies)

• MA Philosophy and Religion

• MA Philosophy and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion

• MA Theology and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion (Orthodox Studies)

• MA Theology and Philosophy

• MA Theology and Philosophy (Orthodox Studies)

Careers

You can work in any field in which researching, analysing and writing research-based reports are core skills. If you are, or wish to be, a teacher, academic or member of the clergy, you will find the degree an invaluable stepping stone to career advancement.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

Distance learning available: All modules will be taught on campus and available for distance learning via video link

Teaching takes place: Weekdays

Location

Taught elements of the course take place at King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.



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COURSE OVERVIEW. Theology, Religion and Philosophy at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study. Read more

COURSE OVERVIEW

Theology, Religion and Philosophy at Winchester allows you to enrich and deepen your knowledge and understanding across these subject areas, and to engage with cutting-edge debates in your chosen areas of study.

This course will enable you to reflect critically on theology, ethics, philosophy and the place of religion and faith within contemporary

culture. The modules, which reflect the research interests of our staff, enable you to systematically explore key themes and current debates in selected areas of focus. 

The course also enables you to develop advanced research skills. This will be most clearly developed through the Research Methods module, which will prepare you, under the direction of an expert supervisor, for the completion of your 15,000-word dissertation on an agreed topic.

You will have the option of specialising along a named pathway, with your dissertation directly focusing on the pathway’s subject specialism.

There are nine pathways available:

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy

• MA Theology, Religion and Philosophy (Death Studies)

• MA Philosophy and Religion

• MA Philosophy and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion

• MA Theology and Religion (Death Studies)

• MA Theology and Religion (Orthodox Studies)

• MA Theology and Philosophy

• MA Theology and Philosophy (Orthodox Studies)

Careers

You can work in any field in which researching, analysing and writing research-based reports are core skills. If you are, or wish to be, a teacher, academic or member of the clergy, you will find the degree an invaluable stepping stone to career advancement.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

Distance learning available: All modules will be taught on campus and available for distance learning via video link

Teaching takes place: Weekdays

Location

Taught elements of the course take place at King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.



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This course looks at religion from anthropological and sociological perspectives. Read more

This course looks at religion from anthropological and sociological perspectives. Durham has particular strengths in the study of Mormonism; death, dying and disposal; religion and emotion; religion/faith and globalisation; religion and politics; contemporary evangelicalism and post-evangelicalism; and religion and generational change. It also boasts the Centre for Death and Life Studies and the Project for Spirituality, Theology and Health.

Course Structure

  • Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion core module
  • Three option modules
  • Dissertation.

Core Modules

  • Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion 
  • Dissertation.

Optional Modules

Optional modules in previous years have included:

2-3 choices from:

  • Ritual, Symbolism and Belief in the Anthropology of Religion
  • Theology, Ethics and Medicine
  • Literature and Religion
  • Christian Northumbria 600-750
  • Ecclesiology and Ethnography

Plus up to 1 choice from:

  • Advanced Hebrew Texts
  • Advanced Aramaic
  • Middle Egyptian
  • The Bible and Hermeneutics
  • The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the New Testament
  • Paul and his Interpreters
  • Gospels and Canon
  • Patristic Exegesis
  • Patristic Ecclesiology
  • The Anglican Theological Vision
  • Liturgy and Sacramentality
  • Classic Texts in Christian Theology
  • Conceiving Change in Contemporary Catholicism
  • Christian Gender
  • Principles of Theological Ethics
  • Catholic Social Thought
  • Doctrine of Creation
  • Selected modules from the MA in Theology and Ministry programme
  • Level 3 undergraduate module, or any Level 1 – 2 language module offered by the Department of Theology and Religion, taken in conjunction with the Extended Study in Theology & Religion module
  • 30 credits from another Board of Studies (including appropriate credit-bearing language modules offered by the University’s Centre for Foreign Language Study)

Course Learning and Teaching

Most MA teaching is delivered through small group seminars and tutorials. These exemplify and encourage the various skills and practices required for independent scholarly engagement with texts and issues. Teaching in the Department of Theology & Religion is ‘research led’ at both BA and MA levels, but particularly at MA level. Research led teaching is informed by staff research, but more importantly it aims to develop students as independent researchers themselves, able to pursue and explore their own research interests and questions. This is why the independently researched MA dissertation is the culmination of the MA programme. Such engagement with texts and issues is not only an excellent preparation for doctoral research, it also develops those skills of critical analysis, synthesis and presentation sought and required by employers.

Many MA classes will contain a ‘lecture’ element, conveying information and exemplifying an approach to the subject-matter that will enable students to develop a clear understanding of the subject and improve their own ability to analyse and evaluate information and arguments. Seminars enhance knowledge and understanding through preparation and interaction with other students and staff, promoting awareness of and respect for different viewpoints and approaches, and developing skills of articulacy, advocacy and interrogation. Through small group discussions and tutorials, feedback is provided on student work, with the opportunity to discuss specific issues in detail, enhancing student knowledge and writing skills.

The Dissertation module includes training in generic research skills, from the use of the Library to issues in referencing and bibliography. The subject specific core module introduces students to questions of interpretation and argument in the disciplines encompassed by theology and religion, and helps them to develop their own interests and questions that will issue in the MA dissertation. The latter is a piece of independent research, but it is fostered and guided through individual tutorials with a supervisor, with whom students meet throughout the academic year.

Career Opportunities

A significant number of our graduates find employment in academic institutions (universities and seminaries) around the world.

Others go into teaching, church ministry, the caring professions, and many other professional fields.



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Our history programme offers research opportunities in areas as diverse as medicine, death, historical demography, gender, women's history and urban culture. Read more
Our history programme offers research opportunities in areas as diverse as medicine, death, historical demography, gender, women's history and urban culture. As an MPhil or PhD student you will enjoy a research environment in which ambitious and original ideas can flourish.

Many of the research opportunities in history are interdisciplinary and are available for most periods of history and in most geographical regions.

You can find out more about MPhil and PhD supervision areas from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. There are opportunities for joint supervision with Latin American researchers in the School of Modern Languages.

Supervision is normally available in the following subject areas:

Classical, medieval and early modern medicine

Topics include:
-Reception(s) of Hippocratic medicine and Hippocratic Oath
-History of medical ethics
-History and iconography of melancholy and psychopathology
-Medical history/historiography as an academic discipline
-Genres of medical writing
-Interface between medicine and literature, Thomas Mann and medicine
-Medicine and philosophy; medicine and law

The supervisor in this area is Dr T Rütten.

Death and burial

The history of poverty and poor relief in pre-industrial England (Professor J Boulton).

Gender, women's history and the history of sexuality

Britain (Dr H Berry); the modern Atlantic world (Dr D Paton); Greece (Dr V Hionidou).

Historical demography

The history of nutrition, famine and mortality; the history of fertility, birth control and contraception (Dr V Hionidou).

History of ideas

Revolutionary ideology in 18th and 19th century Britain and France (Dr R Hammersley); European historiography (Dr L Racaut).

History of psychiatry

Mental health and the 'asylum'; forensic psychiatry, criminal lunacy and crime; the history of the body; early modern social and cultural history of health; history of hospitals; history of sexuality; domestic/household medicine; travel and medicine (Dr J Andrews).

Early medieval Britain and Europe (Dr S Ashley, Ms A Redgate).

National identity, inter-ethnic relations and border issues

Japan (Dr M Dusinberre); North America (Dr B Houston); Russia and Ukraine (Professor D Saunders); Mexico and Cuba (Dr K Brewster); the Caribbean (Dr D Paton); Spain (Dr A Quiroga); Ireland (Dr S Ashley, Dr F Campbell); the Irish in Britain (Dr J Allen).

Politics, international relations and the impact of war

Modern British politics (Dr J Allen, Dr M Farr, Dr F Campbell); European fascism and the Nazi new order (Professor T Kirk); 20th century France (Dr M Perry); 20th century Italy (Dr C Baldoli); transwar Japan (Dr M Dusinberre); American Civil War and the United States in the 19th century (Professor S M Grant); the United States in the 20th century (Dr B Houston).

Urban history and urban culture

History of the press in early modern France (Dr L Racaut); 19th century Newcastle and the North East (Dr J Allen); 18th century urban cultures in Britain (Dr H Berry); 17th century London (Professor J Boulton); urban culture in the Habsburg Empire (Professor T Kirk).

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