Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study, the course is great for anyone with an interest in exploring death as a subject area, and how religion and culture affect perceptions of death, dying and bereavement. No previous knowledge of religion or death studies is required although some summer reading would help students prepare.
If English is not your first language:
IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
Start date: September
Distance learning only: There are e-seminars in the evenings, with full tutorial and study skills support
Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man
September 2016 Entry Full-time | £4,900
September 2016 Entry Part-time | £2,450 p/a
Total Cost | £4,900
September 2016 Entry Full-time | £10,900
September 2016 Entry Part-time | £5,450 p/a
Total Cost | £10,900
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Terms and Conditions
For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.
The programme attracts a diverse range of students including funeral directors, clergy from a variety of traditions, teachers, nurses and those preparing for a research degree, as well as a range of people who are simply fascinated by the subject.
Study provides a view of historical and current approaches to death and dying, disposal and bereavement rituals, enabling a meeting of professional groups and students with particular interests in this area of speciality.
- Contemporary Approaches to Death and Dying
- Research Methods
- Independent Study
- Death in the Christian Tradition
- Death in World Religions
- The Pastoral Care of the Dying and Bereaved
- The Philosophy, Ethics and Theology of Death
- Death and Visual Culture
- Connecting Death to Professional Practice
- Death and Martyrdom
- Postgraduate Seminar
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.
The programme is taught by a team of highly qualified and enthusiastic staff who include internationally renowned scholars.
Types of assessment used include a review of practical activities such as site visits, alongside more traditional methods of assessment such as essays and book reviews. There are no examinations. Students complete a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words on a subject of their choice within the realms of religion and death. It is a substantial piece of independent research and full tutorial support is provided.
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 have gone on to work within bereavement counselling, funeral homes, teaching and the church.