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Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies (Distance Learning)


This new Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies programme is the result of an innovative, interdisciplinary collaboration between the Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies at the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham and the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Religion (PPR) at Lancaster University.


The course is designed to introduce students to theories, issues and processes connected with the history, theology and sociology of Quakerism in a global context. The programme is especially relevant to those interested in Quaker theology and history, the adaptation of religious groups to new social and geographical settings, globalisation and religion, and secularisation. On successful completion, students have the option of transferring to the MA in Quakerism in the Modern World. Alternatively, the Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies is an excellent way to gain a grounding in the academic study of the Quaker past and present. Building on established scholarship, this distance learning course offers convenience and flexibility in terms of study time and location. The postgraduate programme will be offered full-time (12 months, October start) or part-time (24 months, October start) from the 2014-2015 academic year. Please contact the programme director Professor Chris Partridge (c.partridge@lancaster.ac.uk) for more details. For specific details about the Quaker content of the course, please contact Dr Ben Dandelion (b.dandelion@lancaster.ac.uk).


This distance learning Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies programme is delivered entirely online. It begins in early October, with an online orientation session conducted through Moodle VLE and web conferencing system. This introduces students to course tutors, familiarises students with the requirement of the programme and online learning tools and resources (e.g. Moodle VLE, discussion forum, e-library etc).

The programme aims to help students to realise their academic potential, by encouraging choice and independence in their studies. Based on the distance learning pedagogical principles, it employs a wide variety of online learning tools to enhance students' learning experience.

The programme consists of 3 taught distance-learning modules. For each module, learning activities consist of compulsory key readings, lecture podcasts, as well as participation in presentation, web seminars and online discussion forums:

  • PPR.489d Quaker Theology in Context (Distance)
  • PPR.490d Quakerism, Peace and Justice (Distance)
  • PPR.491d The Sociology of Contemporary Quakerism (Distance)

Each module is to be completed within a 10-week period and assessed by the participation in weekly learning activities and a 5,000 word essay (to be submitted after the end of the module). Study throughout the whole programme is comprehensively supported through supervised online group discussions, web seminars and individual academic supervision to ensure an engaging and enjoyable distance learning experience.

Finally, for those interested, there will be an optional Summer School based at Woodbrooke and at Lancaster University in the heart of ‘1652 country’, which will include additional lectures and guided visits to key sites of Quaker interest.

How to apply

Further information on how to apply can be found at http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/


Funding Opportunities

MA Bursaries of £1000 each now available for 2015 entry.

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