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Graduate Programmes

The Department offers the following graduate programmes:

  • Honours / Masters programme in Religious Studies
  • Research Masters in Religious Studies
  • Doctorate in Religious Studies

 

Honours in Religious Studies

Convener: Dr Louis Blond

Admission requirements:
(a) Faculty requirements as set out under Rules FH4 and FM3 apply.
(b) Programme requirements:
- A major in the discipline or a cognate discipline
- Applicants with an initial qualification in another discipline may be required to complete certain courses to achieve equivalence with the requirements for a major in Religious Studies
- Applicants with an initial qualification in the discipline other than a bachelors degree may be required to register for the extended Honours programme in terms of Faculty Rule FH6

Acceptance is on the recommendation of the Head of Department.

Degree structure:
The year comprises four taught courses and a research essay. Each student must have a programme advisor selected from the staff of the Department.

Compulsory courses:
REL4010F - Critical Terms in Religious Studies
REL4011H - Honours Research Project of about 15000 words

Elective courses:
The remaining three courses may be selected from the list of electives (contact the Department for this list). Honours students take the courses at 4000 level. NOTE: To progress to year two (Masters level) an overall average result of not less than 60% must be achieved.

An Honours programme takes one year. Students complete four semester courses and write a short dissertation (15,000 words). Students are admitted into an Honours programme if they achieve an average of approximately 65% in the final year of their UG degree

The Department also offers the Honours programme on a part-time basis over 2 years. As per the below excerpt from the Handbook 9b Faculty Rules for Postgraduate Qualifications, the part-time honours is completed over 2 years and fees are charged per course.

FH5        Period of Registration:

                5.2          Part-time study  

(a)          A two-year programme may be offered for bona fide part-time students by any department in the Faculty which offers an Honours course, at the discretion of the Head of Department concerned. Applications from students for a two-year programme shall be submitted, together with the evidence that the applicant is a bona fide part-time student, by the Head of the Department concerned to the Faculty for approval.

(b)          A part-time candidate shall attend and complete the prescribed work for the degree within two years of part-time study.

Honours courses:

  • Critical Terms in Religious Studies (Compulsory)
  • Buddhism
  • Islamic Studies: Intro to PG Studies
  • Religion and Culture in Africa
  • Readings in Religious Studies
  • Critical Theory
    ***Please contact the Department to confirm which courses will be offered

 

Masters in Religious Studies

The department offers two types of Masters Degrees.

  1. A Masters by coursework takes two years. Students take four courses and write a 25,000 word dissertation.

Masters courses:

  • Religion and Gender
  • Philosophers on Religion
  • African Religious Movements
  • Reading Religious Texts
  • Phenomenology of Religion
  • Questions in Contemporary Jewish Thought
  • Explorations in Islam
    ***Please contact the Department to confirm which courses will be offered
  1. A Masters by research does not involve coursework. Students write a substantial 50,000 word dissertation.

Taught Masters in Religious Studies (Masters by coursework)

Convenor: Dr Louis Blond

Admission requirements:
(a) Faculty requirements as set out under Rules FH4 and FM3 apply.
(b) Programme requirements:
- A major in the discipline or a cognate discipline
- Applicants with an initial qualification in another discipline may be required to complete certain courses to achieve equivalence with the requirements for a major in Religious Studies
- Applicants with an initial qualification in the discipline other than a bachelors degree may be required to register for the extended Honours programme in terms of Faculty Rule FH6

Acceptance is on the recommendation of the Head of Department.

Degree Structure:
The year comprises four taught courses and a minor dissertation.

Compulsory course:
REL5003W - Minor Dissertation of about 25000 words
NOTE: REL4010F (Critical Terms in Religious Studies) must be taken if this was not completed at Honours level.

Elective courses:
The remaining modules may be selected from the list of electives (contact the Department for this list). 
The courses are subject to the approval of the supervisor and should be in the area of specialisation.

Subject to approval by the Head of Department, an elective offered by a cognate department may replace one or more of the listed electives. Please consult the supplementary elective handbook for descriptions of elective courses offered.

Assessment:
(a) Attendance at seminars is compulsory. All written work must be handed in on due dates unless special permission has been granted.
(b) Each taught course is weighted at 20% (Honours) and 12.5% (Masters) of the final result and is examined by a combination of coursework and a formal examination (50% of the course mark).
(c) The research essay/project is weighted at 20% (Honours) and 50% (Masters) of the final result.
(d) To be awarded the degree not less than 50% must be obtained for each component of the programme.
(e) To be awarded the degree with distinction an overall average of 75% must be obtained with not less than 70% in any component.


Research Masters and PhD in Religious Studies

For further information, contact Dr Louis Blond

Admission requirements:
(a) Faculty Rule FM3, FDA1-FDA6 and University General Rules apply.
(b) Applicants must have the required academic background and submit an acceptable research proposal for which supervision is available. Research degrees are encouraged where the field of research is clearly defined, the student wishes to concentrate on a specific research topic and has demonstrated the ability to do so.

Degree structure:
Examination is by dissertation/thesis alone.
A Masters dissertation should not exceed 50,000 words in length.
A Doctoral thesis should not exceed 80,000 words in length.

Phd: The PhD is by dissertation only, and involves original research. The thesis should be in the region of 80,000 words and takes at least 3 years to complete.