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Orthodox Studies (MTh/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

MTh Orthodox Studies at Winchester gives students from a variety of backgrounds, who have an interest in Orthodox Christianity, the
opportunity to develop and expand their range of theological skills and knowledge at a higher level.

Programme Content

The programme offers a wide-ranging study of Orthodox Christian tradition and practice including theology, history, ecclesiology, tradition, liturgy and art. It draws on a variety of academic disciplines and discourses to enable students to reflect critically on the entirety of the Orthodox faith, tradition and practice. Students with a background in Orthodox studies have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding at a higher academic level. Those of different backgrounds are enabled to approach Orthodox thought and tradition critically and connect, compare and contrast it with their own theological background.

Study enables students to research the Orthodox, early Christian and patristic tradition, and connect it to broader areas of human life and understanding in contemporary multicultural societies. Students explore and critically reflect upon Orthodox experience, developing an informed awareness of the dynamic nature of the Orthodox Christian tradition and the theological task of subjecting this tradition to a process of testing and renewal.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/mth-orthodox-studies.aspx


Core modules:
- Introduction to Orthodox Theology
- Research Methods

Optional modules:
- Orthodox Ascetic Mysticism
- Dionysios the Areopagite
- The Experience of Orthodox Monasticism
- Modern Orthodox Theology
- Icons: Theology in Colour
- Orthodox Canon Law
- Pilgrimage
- Supervised Research Project

Learning and Teaching

The programme is delivered by distance learning through the University's Learning Network (limited residential teaching is also available). A wide range of resources are available and a high level of tutorial support and supervision is provided by academic staff.


A variety of assessment methods including essays, book reviews and shorter written exercises, are used for taught modules. The final research project is assessed by a 20,000 word dissertation presenting a piece of original research on a topic of the student's choice, done under supervision.

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.


MTh Orthodox Studies offers excellent training for those in a range of occupations including church leadership, pastoral work and religious education, who wish to enhance their skills and qualifications. It equips students to undertake doctoral research in preparation for a career in university or seminary teaching.

Visit the Orthodox Studies (MTh/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

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