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  MA - Death, Religion and Culture


Online University of Winchester    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Full time & Part time September MA Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Philosophy (28) Theology & Religious Studies (34)

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Embark on a captivating academic journey with the MA in Death, Religion and Culture at Winchester. This distance learning programme delves into the profound aspects of death, exploring diverse cultural and religious perspectives. Engage in thought-provoking discussions with a diverse cohort including funeral directors, clergy, nurses, and more. Modules cover a wide array of topics such as Contemporary Approaches to Death and Dying, Theology of Death, and Philosophical Approaches to Mourning. A highlight is the opportunity to conduct a dissertation on a topic of your choice. The course boasts a team of esteemed scholars and offers access to extensive digital resources. An essential experiential component includes visits to local funeral homes and crematoriums. Whether you aspire to pursue careers in bereavement counselling, teaching, or church ministries, this programme equips you with invaluable insights. Entry requirements include a degree or relevant professional experience, making it accessible to all with an interest in this fascinating subject area.

About the course

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 breadth of interests and experiences.

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Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study.

The course is great for anyone with an interest in exploring death as a subject area, and how religion and culture affect perceptions of death, dying and bereavement. No previous knowledge of religion or death studies is required although some summer reading would help students prepare.

Due to the Distance Learning deliverance of the course, there are minimum personal computing requirements. See the programme website for full details.


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