Degree Programme Specification 2019/2020
MA Honours in Philosophy and Theology
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|Awarding institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Teaching institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Programme accredited by:||N/A|
|Final award:||MA (Honours)|
|Programme title:||Philosophy and Theology|
|Relevant QAA subject benchmarking group(s):||Theology and Religious Studies|
|Postholder with overall responsibility for QA:||Head of School (Divinity)|
|Date of production/revision:||July 2012|
|Further Information:||View the prospectus entry for this programme|
Programme outcomes: Technical/practical skills
Programme structure and features
Full details of course structures are given in the School of Divinity section of the Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study.
The MA (Philosophy and Theology) degree is an Honours degree taken over four years. It consists of two years of pre-Honours courses totalling 240 credits at SQCF level 8 and two years of Honours courses also totalling 240 credits at SQCF level 10.
Courses within the School of Divinity (worth 20 credits) are taught for a total of eleven weeks. In years one and two, teaching is largely lecture-based, augmented by small group tutorials. Honours teaching, in years three and four, is largely seminar based in small group classes of usually two hours duration. Assessment is variable but is normally one in course essay and other course work (blogs, tutorial sheets, presentations etc), making up 40% of the final mark and one two hour exam at the end of the course, making up 60% of the final mark.
In the first and second years, all students attend two specified courses in Philosophy (40 credits) and two in Theology (40 Credits) plus further courses (40 credits) which can be drawn from a wide variety of courses available in Divinity and other Schools across the university. In addition, in first year, students must complete a one year, non-credit course on Academic Literacies providing all students with the basic skills they require for their studies.
In year three (Junior Honours), a wide array of advanced-level Honours courses is available. At this point, students begin to build their own study path by choosing courses which particularly interest them, taking 40 credits in Philosophy and 40 credits in Theology. The final third of courses (40 credits) may be taken in either Philosophy or Theology.
Final year Honours students take 40 credits in each of Philosophy and Theology. They then choose to undertake either a dissertation (40 credits) in Theology (10,000 words) or a dissertation in Philosophy (8,000 words plus a Philosophy dissertation course taken in year three) or two further option courses in Philosophy to be examined by extended essays (5,000 words). Supervision for dissertations is provided by members of academic staff. The Honours degree classification is based on all final marks for work done in years three and four.
Further information on the content and rationale of individual courses is contained in the First, Second and Honours Handbooks of the School of Divinity, see http://www.ed.ac.uk/divinity. Through the School’s quality assurance and enhancement procedures the teaching and learning processes are closely monitored, this includes feedback from students through staff/student liaison meetings and course monitoring forms.The School has adopted a policy on Equality, Diversity and Respect in the School of Divinity covering all students and staff in the School.
Teaching and learning workload
You will learn through a mixture of scheduled teaching and independent study. Some programmes also offer work placements.
At Edinburgh we use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, technical workshops and studio critiques.
The typical workload for a student on this programme is outlined in the table below, however the actual time you spend on each type of activity will depend on what courses you choose to study.
Assessment method balance
You will be assessed through a variety of methods. These might include written or practical exams or coursework such as essays, projects, group work or presentations.
The typical assessment methods for a student on this programme are outlined below, however the balance between written exams, practical exams and coursework will vary depending on what courses you choose to study.