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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.

Programme Content

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.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/pgcert-funeral-celebrancy.aspx


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

Learning and Teaching

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.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes 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. The University is committed to ensuring that 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 in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


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.

Visit the Funeral Celebrancy (PGCert) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!





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