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Vigiling with the Dying (PGCert)

Course Description

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.

Programme Content

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.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/pgcert-vigiling-with-the-dying.aspx


- 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

Learning and Teaching

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.

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.


Graduates vigil with the dying.

Visit the Vigiling with the Dying (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, and experience of vigiling with the dying. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.0 in academic writing) or equivalent

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