What Will You Study

The Distance Learning Postgraduate Certificate in Religious Studies is an exciting opportunity to access the experience and knowledge of the UK’s oldest religious studies programme. The programme is delivered entirely online and introduces major concepts, issues and practices in Religious Studies.  It aims to provide you with a secure knowledge of the major theories, concepts and issues relating to Religion in a variety of intellectual traditions and historical and contemporary contexts. You will gain a systematic understanding of a range of debates and discussions raised by past and present religious belief and practice. In addition, the PgCert will equip you with the necessary skills appropriate to evaluating, analysing and interpreting both academic and practitioner approaches to Religion.

The programme 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 intends 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. In addition to studying with some of the leading scholars of religion in the UK, you will learn to analyse and understand religious belief and practice in the modern world by taking three modules from the current suite of religion modules specifically designed for distance learning delivery.

Learning activities for each module comprise compulsory key readings and lecture podcasts, as well as participation in presentation, web seminars and online discussion forums.

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.