The following gives an overview of our postgraduate (Level 7) modules. All modules are worth 20 credits, unless stated otherwise. Please note that not all of these modules are available each academic year. Availability depends on curriculum, student numbers each year and ongoing programme development. (Postgraduate programmes may include a small amount of lower-level module, mostly Level 6. See here for an overview of those modules.)

 

Biblical Studies

The Bible and Christian Faith

This module will explore specific biblical texts and themes from a range of hermeneutical perspectives and bring these to bear on contemporary contexts

Advanced Old Testament Studies

This module includes an in-depth exploration of selected texts from the Old Testament, highlighting key critical issues in scholarship and in the contemporary interpretation of those texts. This will embrace consideration of the ways the selected texts can be used in ministerial contexts to address contemporary situations.

Advanced New Testament Studies

This module includes an in-depth exploration of selected texts from the New Testament, highlighting key critical issues in scholarship and in the contemporary interpretation of those texts. This will embrace consideration of the ways the selected texts can be used in ministerial contexts to address contemporary situations.

Study of a Biblical Text Employing its Original Language

This module will allow students to study a Biblical Text employing its original language.
(typically taken combined with one or more biblical language modules)

 

Doctrine, Ethics, Historical Theology & Ecclesiology

Advanced Topic in Christian Doctrine

This module will involve critical study of an area of doctrine and provide the opportunity to integrate critical doctrinal thinking further into your own spiritual formation.

Advanced Topic in Christian Ethics

This module will explore sources for moral theology (Scripture, tradition and reason, including philosophical sources and experience); modes of ethical enquiry in a Christian theological context; and specific issues in Christian ethics.

Advanced Study of a Christian Figure

This module will focus on one major figure from the Christian tradition, and will include detailed attention to the historical context within which the individual lived and its importance for his or her life and work; critical analysis of selected theological themes from the individual’s work within the context of their life; exploration of the nature of and reasons for the enduring significance of the individual’s contribution to the Christian tradition; and examination of the ways in which this figure’s work informs the life and mission of the Church today.

Advanced Study of a Theological Text

This module will explore a major theological text, and will include detailed attention to the text’s historical context; extensive, sophisticated engagement with the text itself; and exploration of the way in which contemporary thinking in relation to theology, ministry and mission might be shaped by attention to this text.

Ecumenism in Theory and Practice

General introduction to the problem of Christian disunity, including some outline history, and some concentration on particular issues of difference.

 

Christian Spirituality

Contemporary Spirituality in Historical Context

This module will involve in-depth exploration of major historical and contemporary strands of Christian spirituality, enabling you to develop your own spiritual practice and to resource others in theirs.

Spiritual Direction

The module will not only offer in-depth exploration of various approaches to spiritual direction, informed by classic Christian and alternative models of spirituality, but also enable development of – and reflection on – either initial or ongoing practice in spiritual direction.

Liturgy and Spirituality

An academic review of the ways in which the concepts of ‘liturgy’ and ‘spirituality’ are related; a critical study of the historical relationship between the liturgy and spirituality; the analysis of selected liturgical practices or texts considered as a practice of spirituality.

 

Liturgy, Sacraments & the Arts

God, Beauty and the Imagination: Theology and the Arts

This module will explore how God, beauty and the imagination have found expression in art, literature and / or music and how these themes have been reflected in theology. Students will engage in interpreting these works from a theological perspective and relate what they have learnt to ministry and mission.

Reflective Practice: Christian Worship

This module will support students in their ministerial development by developing their engagement with well-informed and structured forms of theological reflection which underpin reflective practice in a minsterial / professional / vocational context.

Liturgy and Spirituality

An academic review of the ways in which the concepts of ‘liturgy’ and ‘spirituality’ are related; a critical study of the historical relationship between the liturgy and spirituality; the analysis of selected liturgical practices or texts considered as a practice of spirituality.

 

Independent Study & Research

Term Study Abroad

To enable students to gain experience of the study of theology and ministry in an overseas context while receiving Durham credit for their studies.

Independent Learning Project

This module provides an opportunity to undertake self-directed study on a topic of the student’s choice under the supervision of a tutor.

Research and Reflection: Resources and Methods

This module will introduce students to research skills for theological study at Master’s level. Seminars will offer students the opportunity to start exploring their own area of research interest (in preparation of the dissertation, if applicable) as well as engage with each other’s interests. This module is compulsory for the PGDip and the MA.

Dissertation in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Students have the opportunity to do an extended piece of work under supervision from one of the staff on a topic of interest to them. This module is compulsory for the MA. (60 credits)

 

Reflective Practice

The following modules are typically taken as part of a programme of ministerial formation.

Reflective Practice Placement

This module draws on ideas about reflective practice in order to prepare students for sustaining a transformative ministry as enablers of worship and discipleship in local churches. It explores three core areas of congregational ministry: leading worship, preaching, and Christian nurture and education. The placement-based element of this module extends the student’s experience of ministry in each of these areas through placement in a church new to the student.

Specific Foci for Reflective Practice

The following modules are available, most of which are used primarily for diocesan curacy training programmes (IME Phase 2).

  • Inhabiting Public Ministry
  • Spirituality and Ministry
  • Mission and Evangelism
  • Law and the Public Minister
  • Leadership and Collaboration
  • Christian Worship

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