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Department of Theology University of Durham

Why Durham?

Deciding where to take your first degree is not always easy, especially with many good courses now available at British Universities. At Durham our intention is to match keen students with challenging topics precisely because the best applicants always want to be stretched, whether by deepening familiar subjects or by tackling quite new fields.

Here you can pursue long established theological studies by mastering their historical roots and engaging with their contemporary developments. You can also take up new areas in the study of religious thought and religious movements. We are as keen to foster biblical and specialist language study as we are to engage in the study of the exploding world of ethics and of the study of religiousgroups. In all this we remain fully aware of the church-based and religious traditions out of which historical, textual and philosophical studies emerge, and from which they gain their distinction colour.

Durham CathedralAll this is possible because our academic staff are keen to teach just as they are eager to learn through their own, ongoing, research. In many respects learning is the key-note whether for the first year undergraduates, for postgraduates or for lecturers. Teaching and learning are almost two sides of the same intellectual coin. A great deal of your work here will be that kind of self-teaching that comes as you spend much time in private study both before and after the more formal aspects of lectures and seminars and the like.
Sometimes it is perfectly possible for students to engage in a serious piece of personal research in their dissertation and this can really stimulate a high level of interest and commitment whether in library-based piece of research or one involving a more fieldwork-based study of some group or religious practice.
Many of our students find the broad-ranged challenge of their degree excellent in developing their critical and analytical skills and preparing them for any number of careers and professions after graduation. The mark of a university-trained mind is that it can absorb what others say, stand back and ponder it before arriving at a considered opinion. The intellectual skill is the skill of developing judgement and the ability to express that judgement.
Because this attitude grows throughout the degree it renders redundant the popular question, ?What can you do with a theology degree?' The answer is that you are prepared to do a great deal, as the range of our graduates shows. Before finally leaving, however, a few stay to pursue the Department's MA level degree, one that brings together even more formally the link between learning, teaching and research. Durham Castle and river
Finally what about place and people?

Durham is obviously a great place to study theology, with many resources available. But its academics and students have many chances to get to know each other and develop interests through such contact. There is a personal touch within the department which is hard to describe but real to experience.We think you would benefit from that and contribute to it. If that strikes a cord perhaps we are the place for you and you the right person for us. To leave mention of colleges until last is to emphasise their importance at Durham as the community focus of life. College Principals and tutors along with the new friends waiting to be made all help create that net of relations that makes life here intense, challenging, supportive, and a base for the future.

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Department of Theology - University of Durham

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Department of Theology

University of Durham

Abbey House

Palace Green

Durham

DH1 3RS

United Kingdom

Phone:0044 191 334 3940

Fax: 0044 191 334 3941

e-mail: Admissions Secretary

Website: www.dur.ac.uk /theology/
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CONTACT



Department of Theology

University of Durham

Abbey House

Palace Green

Durham

DH1 3RS

United Kingdom


Phone: 0044 191 334 3940

Fax: 0044 191 334 3941

e-mail: Admissions Secretary

Website: www.dur.ac.uk /theology/





 

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