Although these fields of study are all related, students are encouraged to specialise in a particular subject area for possible 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 take modules only if they have some background in the field.
Honours students must do four modules to complete the degree. Each module is 30 credits to give a total of 120 credits.
The research essay module is compulsory. The research essay must be structured as 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. However, 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 of 30 credits (including class attendance, research, essay writing, studying, and so on).
A selection of approximately eight to 10 of the following modules is offered in a particular calendar year. For more information and a list of the modules offered, please click the appropriate links below:
|Theories of Responsibilities
|Contemporary Issues in Ethics
|Old Testament Studies
|Old Testament Exegesis
|New Testament Studies
|New Testament Exegesis
|The History of Christianity
|History of Christianity in South Africa
|The History of Christian Doctrine
|Homiletics and Liturgics
|Pastoral care and Counselling
|Contemporary Christian Theologies
|Theology and Development
|Contextual Christian Spirituality
|Philosophy of Religion
|Religion and Society
|The Text and Major Themes of the Qur’an (Qu’ran and Tafsir)
|Science of Hadith
|Critical issues in Contemporary Islam
|Research Essay in Ethics/Religious Studies
|Research Essay in Theological Studies/Religious Studies
Structured Master’s 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 eight to 10 of the same modules listed above is offered in a particular calendar year. Whereas the code for an honours module would start with the digit ‘7’, a structured master’s module starts with the digit ‘8’ followed by the same further digits.
Prospective students may apply for the Master’s 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 specialisation in the Department, clustered together under the six research frameworks. You are welcome to contact the Department for more information in this regard.
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 specialisation in the Department, clustered together under the six research frameworks. You are welcome to contact the Department for more information in this regard.