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Our MA in Christian Theology (Anglican Studies) will enable you to explore fully the ethics, philosophy and history of Anglican theology and study how the consistent account of its doctrines has influenced the broader Christian landscape.

You will have the opportunity to study the Anglican tradition from historical and church perspectives in a department with well-established and hugely beneficial links to Durham Cathedral which, through the ages, has been the seat of a number of theologian bishops.

The course will consist of a core module that will look at classic texts in Christian theology as well as a dissertation and a range of optional modules, from liturgy and sacramentality through ecclesiology and ethnography to Paul and his Interpreters.

The status and reputation of the Department in the historic city of Durham offers unparalleled resources for study enabling you to fulfil your aim to learn more and think more about theology and religion.

Course structure

Core modules:

Classic Texts in Christian Theology provides a detailed introduction to significant texts from the history of Christian theology enabling you to develop your understanding of the nature, goal and tasks of such a body of thinking. It also supports the growth and development of your knowledge of the research methods and approaches to the subject.

The Dissertation consists of a 12,000-15,000-word written project through which you will develop a thorough comprehension of a particular subject and build your skills in researching, analysing and bringing together various texts, data, ideas and arguments related to its theological and religious elements.

In recent years, optional modules have included:

  • Liturgy and Sacramentality
  • Anglican Theology in Context
  • Ecclesiology and Ethnography
  • England’s Religious Revolution 1640-62
  • Christianity in the Second Century
  • Faith and Reason
  • Theology, Nature and Environment
  • Conceiving Change in Contemporary Catholicism
  • Paul and His Interpreters
  • Principles of Theological Ethics
  • Christian Gender
  • Gospels and Canon
  • Doctrine of Creation
  • The Thought of Thomas Aquinas in Context
  • Christian Fundamentalism and the Modern World
  • Biblical language studies, including a choice of Aramaic, Greek and Hebrew


As with most of the teaching of MA courses in the Department, you will study religious texts and understand the relevant issues within a supportive and relaxed structure. You will learn in small group seminars and tutorials in a supportive research-led environment that aims to develop your skills and knowledge by focusing on your own particular areas of interest.

Many of your sessions will also feature a lecture-style element that will help you form a clear understanding of subjects and also sharpen your skills in the analysis of information and the creation and discussion of views and opinions.

You will also complete a dissertation on a subject of your choice, with guidance and advice from your individual supervisor who you will meet regularly throughout the academic year.


Assessment is thorough and carried out in several ways with a particular focus on coursework essays. Some modules include oral examinations, the delivery of presentations as well as written exams.

A significant part of your study will be spent researching and writing a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words. The dissertation is based on a subject of your own choice and approved by your supervisor.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement is a BA (Honours) degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent, for example, a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale) in Theology, Religious Studies or a related discipline.

The two principal exceptions to this rule are as follows:

  • Graduates of other disciplines who have studied at undergraduate or equivalent level in one or more of the areas in which they hope to work, through their first degrees, through training for the ministry of the churches, and so on
  • Students from overseas universities who have successfully reached a point in their theological studies comparable with completion of a British BA at the standard noted above - for example, on the German model, passing the Zwischenprüfung or Kolloquium and two semesters at the Hauptseminar level.

The University will contact the referees named in your application directly. Please ensure that your referees are able to provide a reference in a timely fashion. If you are also applying for a Durham MA bursary, please ensure that your referees understand that their references will be used both for admission and for a very competitive funding process.

English language requirements

Fees and funding

Full Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £12,600 per year
EU students £26,750 per year
Island students £12,600 per year
International students £26,750 per year

Part Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £7,000 per year
EU students £14,800 per year
Island students £7,000 per year
International students £14,800 per year

The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities. 

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Career opportunities

Theology and Religion

Durham graduates are in demand across many sectors. The world-class study facilities, combined with a research-led approach to learning and the Department’s international outlook mean our postgraduate taught courses and research degrees provide the fundamental skills and personal qualities needed to succeed in the workplace.

Our Theology and Religion graduates are equipped to follow a wide range of careers, including law, politics and government, marketing, business and finance, industry, charity work, the media, journalism and the clergy. Many progress into careers with religious institutions across the world, while others work in schools, colleges and universities. Our taught MAs also offer a pathway into research and many graduates take the step into higher-level studies.

Previous employers have included Linklaters, Kirkland and Ellis, Coltraco Ultrasonics, the Home Office, Durham Police and Jaguar Land Rover.

Department information

Theology and Religion

Durham University’s Department of Theology and Religion is a supportive and vibrant international teaching and research community where ‘belief’ and ‘beliefs’ are studied in detail, whether those beliefs are atheistic, humanistic or religious.

We are a recognised global leader in the field of theology and religion. Delivered by researchers at the forefront of their disciplines, our range of highly regarded postgraduate degrees enables students to pursue their interests in the fields of theology, philosophy, religious studies, biblical studies, and ethics, through the exploration of diverse and contemporary issues such as the migrant crisis, homelessness and Catholic identity.

In the Department we have an intellectual community of more than 30 academic staff and 150 postgraduate students and researchers who join us from across the world, giving our courses a highly international focus. The local, national and international contexts in which we work and study help to build a more joined up picture of the complex world in which we live.

The Department is home to a range of research centres and projects, including the Centre for Anglican Studies, the Centre for Catholic Studies, the Centre for Death and Life Studies, and the Project for Spirituality, Theology and Health. These all help to foster a vibrant research culture, of which our postgraduates are an important part.

Our postgraduate provision is designed to develop the academic and personal qualities that are valued in the workplace and in higher-level academic research. This includes a professional development and training programme with opportunities to work as a teaching or research assistant.

For more information see our department pages.


  • World Top 10 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2023
  • 4th in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2024
  • 4th in The Guardian University Guide 2024
  • 6th in The Complete University Guide 2024


For a current list of staff, please see the Theology & Religion Department pages.

Research Excellence Framework

  • 4th in the UK for Research Power (REF 2021)
  • 91% research graded world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021)


We are a leading Department in the field of Theology and Religion, uniquely situated within a World Heritage Site next to Durham Cathedral and within easy walking distance of the Students’ Union, colleges and Durham Castle. Our home, Abbey House, is an inspiring place to study and research the field of theology and religion.

We hold extensive library resources. As well as the University’s well-equipped central library which includes wide-ranging collections of rare books and manuscripts of particular interest to theology and religion students, we also hold the largest collection of German language theological materials in Britain. Next door, Durham Cathedral is home to Sharp Library, which focuses on modern and pastoral theology, while a number of college libraries also hold theological collections.


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