Sign In

Welcome to Postgraduate

The Faculty of Arts has introduced an integrated structure for Honours and structured Masters programmes in the faculty​​​

 

 Postgraduate degrees

 
 

 

The Faculty of Arts has introduced an integrated structure for Honours and structured Masters programmes in the faculty. This format allows for considerable flexibility and for inter-disciplinary programmes. This implies that a student may take a specific coursework module towards either an Honours or a Masters degree. There may be some minor differences in the requirements that are set for Honours and Masters students in such a module. Students are also able to select modules from a wide variety of modules offered by other departments in the Faculty of Arts.

B.A. Honours in Religion and Theology

The programme focuses on a broadening of academic horizons in the fields of Theological Studies (including all its traditional sub-disciplines), Ethics, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies. The Department of Religion and Theology offers a variety of Honours modules towards this aim.

Although these fields of study are all related, students are encouraged to specialise in a particular subject area also with a view to further studies. The modules selected should form a coherent package. Since some formative background is required to complete modules in each of these fields, students may normally take modules only if they have some background in the field.

Honours students have to do four modules in order to complete the degree. Each module counts 30 credits to give a total of 120 credits.

One of these modules is compulsory, namely the research essay. In the Department of Religion and Theology the research essay is to be structured in the form of a literature survey on a carefully demarcated theme to be approved by the department. It is written under supervision.

Full-time students should be able to complete the programme in one academic year, but part-time students are advised to spread these modules over two years with only one module per semester, leaving the research essay for the final year of study. Please note that the average student should need about 300 working hours to complete all the work for a module counting 30 credits (including class attendance, research, essay writing, studying, and so on).

A selection of approximately 8-10 of the following modules are offered in a particular the calendar year.

For more information in this regard and a list of modules offered in 2019 and to be offered in 2020 please click the appropriate links below: 

1. Postgrads-2018 Modules.pdf1. Postgrads-2018 Modules.pdf 2. Postgraduate modules - 2019.pdf2. Postgraduate modules - 2019.pdf 3. Postgraduate modules - 2020.pdf3. Postgraduate modules - 2020.pdf

ETH 731/831

Ethical Theory                    

ETH 732/832

Theories of responsibilities

ETH 733/833

Virtue Theory                     

ETH 734/834

Public Morality                                                       

ETH 735/835

Contemporary issues in ethics

ETH 736/836

Professional Ethics

TST 731/831

Old Testament Studies

TST 732/832

Old Testament Exegesis     

TST 733/833

New Testament Studies 

TST 734/834

New Testament Exegesis    

TST 735/835

Biblical Hermeneutics         

TST 736/836

The History of Christianity   

TST 737/837

History of Christianity in South Africa          

TST 738/838

The History of Christian doctrine                                            

TST 739/839

Systematic Theology          

TST 741/841

Theological Hermeneutics   

TST 742/842

Homiletics and Liturgics 

TST 743/843

Pastoral care and Counselling                                                                                    

TST 744/844

Contemporary Christian theologies

TST 745/845

Theology and development                                          

TST 746/846

Contextual Christian spirituality                                  

REL 731/831

Philosophy of Religion

REL 732/832

Religion and society

REL 733

The Text and Major themes of the Qur’an (Qu’ran and Tafsir)

REL 734

Science of Hadith

REL 735

Critical issues in Contemporary Islam

ETH 701          

Research Essay in Ethics / Religious Studies                         

TST 701

Research Essay in Theological Studies / Religious Studies


 

Structured Masters

The Department offers modules towards a Structured Masters degree in the fields of Theological Studies, Ethics and Religious Studies.

Structured masters students do three further coursework modules of 30 credits each and a mini-thesis of 90 credits, based on an approved research proposal. Full-time students may technically be able to complete the degree in 18 months. Part-time students are advised to complete two coursework modules in the first year of study and one in the second year of study.

A selection of 8 to 10 of the same modules listed as above is offered in a particular calendar year. Whereas the code for an Honours module would start with the digit ”7”, a structured Masters module would start with the digit “8” followed by the same further digits.


Masters by thesis

It is also possible to complete a Masters degree by thesis only. Students who enrol for the Masters by thesis do not do coursework modules; they work under the guidance of a supervisor appointed by Senate. The only requirement is a Masters thesis of around 50 000 words, based on an approved research proposal. New Masters students must attend the annual workshops on research methodology offered by the Department and are invited to attend the weekly departmental seminars. There are no further residential requirements for the Masters by thesis.

Prospective students may apply for the Masters by thesis through the appropriate UWC portal. You should attach a two-page research proposal that indicates the sub-discipline in which you plan to work and that demarcates the research theme. Please also consult the annual departmental research reports for more information on the areas of specialization in the Department, clustered together under six research frameworks. You are welcome to contact the department for more information in this regard.


Doctoral thesis

The Department of Religion and Theology offers opportunities for doctoral research in the fields of Theological Studies, Ethics, and Religious Studies. The only requirement is a Doctoral thesis of around 100 000 words, based on an approved research proposal. New PhD students must attend the annual workshops on research methodology offered by the Department and are invited to attend the weekly departmental seminars. There are no further residential requirements for the programme.

 

Prospective students may apply for admission to the PhD programme through the appropriate UWC portal. You should attach a two-page research proposal that indicates the sub-discipline in which you plan to work and that demarcates the research theme. Please also consult the annual departmental research reports for more information on the areas of specialization in the Department, clustered together under six research frameworks. You are welcome to contact the department for more information in this regard.

UWC Supports Sustainability
© 2013 UWC | Disclaimer | Sign-in

Contact Centre

University of the Western Cape,
Robert Sobukwe Road,
Bellville, 7535,
Republic of South Africa

info@uwc.ac.za | +27 21 959 2911

Location